Commemorating 150 years of IPC

March 29th, 20106:41 pm @    

definition-legislationThe IPC observes its 150 years in India. The occasion goes unnoticed in India but Singapore ( which owes a great deal of its laws from IPC) in this May 2010 commemorates the 150 years of IPC in an international event to be held in the National University. The law fraternity in Singapore is resaerching the sustainablity and unchallanged wisdom of the ‘magnum opus’ of Macaulay. Despite all criticism, this law stands solidly and proved to be true to the time and context.

The expression of ‘whoever’ in sevral provisions is wonderful and that never seeks to take in status of the person in question. It is a diffrent thing that in India we have drawn expression which discriminate- and hence- sajjan Kumar or Shibu soren are seen at diffrent pedestal when compared to Mathura or Nathu Banjara. We tried our best to fail and frustrate the IPC but it did not.

The best part of the creation of IPC was that it remains contexual. It took into account the nuances and subtalities of Indian society in an appreciable manner. We have very limited undersanding as to how did Macaulay study the needs and aspirations of a diversified society like India where the demands and operation of rule of law becomes so challenging. To me, more than his creation of IPC, Macaulay insight and resaerch preceeding the introduction of IPC was truelly admirable.

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{This is a guest post by Senior Professor G.S. Bajpai (NLIU, Bhopal). The MightyLaws team is thankful to him for his contribution. He himself blogs at}

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