On paper, India also has a fairly elaborate and developed system of justice. The best and the most liberal strands of Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence have been interwoven into the foundation of the system. There is a clearly defined hierarchy of courts with the Supreme Court at the top. The powers vested in the Supreme Court: to do justice, to protect the Fundamental Rights of people
in general and citizens in particular, are truly sweeping. The flanks, so to speak, are amply covered by the High Courts, which have even more sweeping powers in many respects.
At first , it seems inevitable that backed by such might, the ‘Rule of Law’ cannot but prevail. However, for the vast majority of Indians repression is the only truth. Repression is not just a matter of custodial torture and extrajudicial murder. Mis-governance or mal-governance is repression too. While some countries have developed a ‘cradle to grave’ system of welfare, we in India are confronted with a State apparatus that has perfected a ‘cradle to grave’ system of repression and oppression.
Look from the eyes of the Dalits, the Tribals, the abjectly poor, the abysmally helpless and ignorant, the landless, the women,
and all those who are or are forced to become marginal to the mainstream. They easily comprise an overwhelming majority. Their lives are an endless saga of misery and oppression without redemption. For most, if not all, the system does not even hold out a possibility of succour or relief. If asked, most of them will say that the State, in one or more of its myriad avatars, has been
the handmaiden of oppression and repression in their lives, if not the active agent.
Here is background information on the Repressive Laws