Saturday, 8 March 2008

Panchayats in old days

Start of the very civilization on earth had the element of necessary negotiational propensity both in humans and animals. They talked amongst themselves and in times of some kind of a dispute or the other they did work on drawing a compromise. Some one who could do this job in a better manner was chosen as their leader assuming the role of the head of the Panchayat. The system in the case of humans got much elevated turning into the shape called a legal system and judiciary took the charge of giving decisions, the decisions that had a legal stamp. Prejudices played a role in Panchayats and so they continued in the judicial system too. It was a panchayat or it is a legal channel, prejudice has all along been a dominant factor in both the cases. It is not always found necessary for the courts to deliver their judgements just dispassionately, it is mostly done on what kind of feelings the judgement giver individually develops for the accused. Amrapalli, a heart throb of thousands in her days when Budhism was in its infancy, was abandoned by her parents for the reasons not yet traced by historians and was pickedup by a locally influencial man named Mahanaam from his mango garden who adopted her as her daughter. What name was to be given to her was a matter referred to local Panchayat where a senior member proposed that since she was the child found in a mango garden she be named as Amrapalli. Amrapalli becoming an adolescent, she was extremely charming to the point that many of the people including very important ones started fighting amongst themselves to get her. This matter again was referred to Panchayat. One of the members who was very considerate and serious about her as a chiled when deciding a name for her came with the proposal that since she was found in the mago grove of their village, she be made a wife of all in the locality. This member was a senior one elderly and aged but he turned out to be the one failing to resist his lustful

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temptations for her. Then onward Amrapalli was a prostitute dragged as she was to such status by the Panchayat which worked on personal temptations instead of an impartial view which could otherwise have given her some place with dignity. It was the past but present too is in no way different so far as human behaviour is concerned.

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