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Should we change British era laws in India?

Aren’t we proud of our country where every individual has equal rights? We are also lucky for having the freedom of speech and expression, a part of our constitution. But there are certain rules and regulations from the British era that are no longer applicable in today’s times but still continue to exist. British had amended these laws in order to benefit themselves rather than benefitting the Indians. One of them is ‘Motors Vehicle Act’.

This act created a new principle of granting temporary relief on the grounds of ‘No Fault’. Britishers chose to bring this law to India mainly because they used to meet with accident multiple times while driving their cars on Indian roads. The law was made applicable to Indians so that they are not held accountable for the same.

Indian Police Act, 1861: This act was framed by British after the revolt of 1857. The main aim of the British Government before passing this law was to establish a Police force which can tackle any revolt against the Government. Under this Act, all the powers were concentrated in the hands of the State which used to act as a Dictator Government. But the irony is that India is a Sovereign republic now, but this law is still in practice.

The reservation law is yet another law that is not applicable in today’s era as these laws will create hurdles in development of India. These also create more discrimination in castes among Indians, we as indians must receive equal rights and opportunities based on deservation rather than reservation. India will definitely develop into powerful nation when there is no such reservation.

It is a wide renowned fact that the parts of Indian law are inherited from the laws of different countries. Not only this, but any person with average IQ can also easily debate on the fact that Indian law were created some six-seven decades back and in these past years, significant technical, social and political advancements have taken place. In this scene, it is genuine to have stale laws. Right from the industry to infrastructure, female and child welfare to education, internal security to the science and technology, most of the laws have either expired and are outdated or are complete nonsense to say.

With the developing society and mindsets, there is the need of change in our laws too for the betterment of the working system of our country. India’s constitution provides rigidity and flexibility at the same time. Since it came into force, it has been amended 104 times. And since then, various Articles are amended, deleted, or inserted with precision. India needs a new constitution that is consistent with a nation of free individuals living in a complex, modern, large economy. This modern constitution must be one that guarantees economic freedom to the individual, prohibits the government from making any laws that discriminate among citizens, guarantees freedom of speech and the press, prohibits the government from entering businesses that are properly the domain of the private sector, and so on. In other words, India needs a constitution that protects the comprehensive freedom of the individual: economic, social, and political. I believe that it is high time that we all come together and demand our MPs to bring a change in British established laws in order to remove the hurdles in the development of our country.


About the Author

Tanay Samant is based at Margao, Goa. He is currently pursuing master’s in business administration (MBA). He is passionate about long drives, acting and often tries mimicry.



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