Always have an excuse or two up your sleeve in case you are faced with the prospect of a prolonged vacation in the clink. In this day and age, with people falling like tenpins on various charges of corruption, it pays to have a good lawyer who will argue the prosecution into a hole as to why the accused should be allowed a breather. The latest example of the law summoning the highest in the land is that of Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi and Rajya Sabha MP whose association with the 2G scam has raised more than a few doubts.
She, as we all know is no mean poet, so perhaps she could have outlined her defence in verse. But no, she chose a more ingenious path. Being a woman and a mother, she claimed that she was liable to bail. Now this raises all sorts of possibilities for those who are accused of skating on the wrong side of the law. Perhaps, we could claim immunity as editorial writers, after all, it is incumbent upon us to inform the public on what goes on in the world, a task which may not be quite so easy if we were cooling our heels in the chokey.
Could being a spouse also be grounds for bail? Why not?
It is far more difficult to be a good spouse than a mother, as those of us locked in matrimony will attest to. This way, we
could do away with the jail system altogether. So Kanimozhi could well have started a new trend, that of the implausible excuse to stay out of jail. If only her compatriot A Raja had come up with an excuse, which would have fitted into this spectrum, 2G or otherwise.