Monthly Archives: June 2015


The Final Argument Personal

As a 14-year-old it was beyond me as to why my father wanted my presence when Kailash — a drunkard rickshaw-puller employed for small chores at the hotel owned and run by my father for better part of his life — requested my father to talk his daughter into abandoning her abusive husband for good. Even today I can only speculate, for I never asked...

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Facebook and the Law: Nothing ‘Private’ About It Law

Sharing is life. Enter Facebook. No, I am not beginning to run it down for the simple reason that for all its flaws and ill-effects – if ‘it’ has any of those and not the users – it is a remarkable tool to connect and answers to our most basic need at all times since the Stone Age – collaboration. Yes, ‘collaboration’ is indeed a...

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Agneepath: The Hritik Puppet Show Movies

Greek gods don’t walk the path of fire; it takes an angry, never-old man, sore and coarse from a long, rocky life of raw deals. And muscles might look ‘pretty’ and ‘sexy’ — whatever that means — and ‘pretty sexy’, but they don’t necessarily look menacing or dangerous, particularly when all ‘chocolate boys and men’ of Bollywood now wear muscles like there was a dress...

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No ‘clean chit’ possible, Mr. Modi Law / Politics

Modi’s ‘clean chit’ flag-hoisting followed by the pompous ‘fasting’ and the post-fast boasting was a three-stage tragi-comedy of no consequence and left me more disgusted than amused exposing my misgivings about my ability to go giggling even over the most ridiculously phony theatrics. Mr. Modi, who had maintained a ‘studied’ – rather, ‘tactful’ – political silence, finally found a bit of his voice when he...

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Freedom of Press: Is Regulation Encroachment? Law

Unhe raha gurez jis bewajah ke shor se; Jamooriyat hai zinda un kehkahon ke zor se Democracies are clamorous because people are noisy, and the senseless noises they make are generally not only of no consequence, but are also born of selfish motives in most cases while in some it’s plain malice at work. But, it is this baffling disorder that is the heart and...

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Bilgrami on Gandhi’s Moralistic Political Philosophy Theory

Mahatma Gandhi, a lawyer by training, had his political and legal worldview rooted firmly in his conception of moral uprightness with truth and non-violence at the very core. This makes understanding him tricky because his views are not strictly political or legal but are part of a composite whole. He looks at life in entirety. To his mind one’s political life is not exclusive of...

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Law, Morality and Legitimacy of Resistance Theory

Laws are the diktats that the State governs by. Laws are not only to be obeyed by the people but are also binding on the State. In other words, by enacting the law the State also undertakes to obey them. But laws are not enacted for their own sake. There has to be a clear purpose behind each piece of legislation because all laws, by...

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Doctrine of Divine Rights: The East and the West Theory

To organize into communities was an existential necessity for man. This gave rise to a society when man settled down. Peaceful co-existence was possible only when all members of the society followed certain rules. Rules and regulations can only work when their violation brings adverse consequences for the violator. Rules might be formulated more or less democratically, but they need to be enforced by an...

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Validity of Rand’s criticism of Kant Theory

Ayn Rand was extremely critical of Immanuel Kant. She considered him her intellectual adversary and found him standing against everything that she and her philosophy stood for. Therefore, she found it necessary to attack Kant’s ideas. She strikes Kant’s views regarding the limitations of reason thus: He [Kant] did not deny the validity of reason – he merely claimed that reason is “limited,” that it...

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Liberalism: For Individual Freedom Theory

The term ‘liberalism’ is used to refer to a very broad spectrum of political philosophies that prize individual liberty and equality of opportunity above everything else. Among individual rights, freedom of thought and right to free speech are foremost among liberalist thinkers. Another characteristic of liberalism is limitation on the State and the recognition of certain basic, inalienable individual rights. Liberalist thinkers are generally one...

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