Author Archives: HEMRAJ SINGH



HEMRAJ SINGH

I AM: Sensitive and Subtle
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I AM: Sensitive and Subtle

“Kaafi garmi hai.” “You don’t have to talk if you don’t want to.” Ensconced in awkward silence, the two sit – the sperm donor and the woman. Silence between strangers echoes polite aloofness. The space that lies between is truly an unoccupied, neutral area that holds no rancour, no hostile indifference, no longing, no pull or push of any kind; it’s just an emotionless, purely...

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15 May 2015
The Sen Impeachment: Parliamentary Overreach?
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The Sen Impeachment: Parliamentary Overreach?

“Why Justice Sen did not see the light earlier and submit his resignation well before the Rajya Sabha voted overwhelmingly in favour of his impeachment, only he can explain,” The Hindu Editorial (Sen and Sensibility, September 6, 2011) wondered. The answer is quite simple. Justice Sen perhaps never thought that the motion for his removal would pass through the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) the...

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15 May 2015
Rushdie Controversy: Silencing the ‘Substandard’
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Rushdie Controversy: Silencing the ‘Substandard’

On October 5, 1988 we banned a book called ‘The Satanic Verses‘ without reading it just nine days after it was published in the United Kingdom. Nine days? Shouldn’t it take much longer to import, ‘decipher’ the ‘unreadable’, and make a decision? It wasn’t published in India and was yet to be formally marketed in this country. So, what did we ban? It’s import under...

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15 May 2015
Mahatma’s Sin
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Mahatma’s Sin

A paintbrush runs across the canvas drawing the bare outline of a bald head. A pause, and the brush returns to draw a pair of round spectacles. In two simple strokes with no facial features drawn the portrait is complete. “The greatness of this man lies in his simplicity,” declares the voice in the background carrying a ring of unmistakable and indisputable truth. “He is...

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14 May 2015
Why the bad guy takes the girl…and how far
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Why the bad guy takes the girl…and how far

With another report hammering it, the truth is out to the massive disappointment of ‘good guys’. So, why do good guys despite having been told that they are ‘ideal’ in every respect fail to become ‘hot property’ with girls? What is it that attracts women to the darker persona? At the same time, it, too, is indisputable that though women like such bad boys for...

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09 May 2015
Irretrievable breakdown: Supreme Court in breach of ‘stare decisis’?
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Irretrievable breakdown: Supreme Court in breach of ‘stare decisis’?

When a two-judge Bench of the Supreme Court ruled that irretrievable breakdown of marriage was not a ground for divorce, it not only ran contrary to the spirit of the law but also breached the principle of ‘stare decisis’. In the recent case of Vishnu Dutt Sharma v. Manju Sharma (Civil Appeal no. 1330 of 2009; decided on February 27, 2009), the Supreme Court dealt...

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09 May 2015
Divorce: Irretrievable breakdown needs no legislative reaffirmation
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Divorce: Irretrievable breakdown needs no legislative reaffirmation

It is not the existence of a legally recognized ground but the occurrence of an irretrievable breakdown that is the indispensable prerequisite for the grant of divorce. Irretrievable breakdown is, thus, an inbuilt condition that needs no further affirmation from the legislature Dead marriages need a ‘death certificate’ to be buried for good, which is what divorce actually is. Courts do not kill marriages. Most...

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09 May 2015
The ‘breakdown’ story
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The ‘breakdown’ story

A realistic hypothetical story closely resembling a number of cases and demonstrative of the tumultuous insides of a modern Indian marriage. An educated, bright and ferociously independent girl is married to a successful young professional from an affluent and reputed business family. After two years of marriage and a baby boy, the wife finds herself unable to live with a husband who is perpetually distrustful....

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09 May 2015
GHAJINI: Can Sanjay Singhania be Convicted?
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GHAJINI: Can Sanjay Singhania be Convicted?

All he has is a terrifying moment frozen in time like a fossilized drop of blood as evidence of a heart-rendingly cruel crime committed in distant past. Every other moment that entered his life made a 15-minute stopover before a quick exit. The nightmare is all that he has to live by, and to annihilate the architects of his sordid past is what he lives...

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09 May 2015
‘व्हिसिल बजा’ की संदर्भ सहित व्याख्या
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‘व्हिसिल बजा’ की संदर्भ सहित व्याख्या

‘व्हिसिल बजा’ ‘हीरोपंती’ नामक चलचित्र का एक अत्यंत लोकप्रिय गीत है जोकि श्री जैकी श्रॉफ़ के पुत्र श्री टाइगर श्रॉफ़ पर फिल्माया गया है, और जिसकी लोकप्रियता के कारणों के सन्दर्भ में कुछ भी कह पाना किसी भी चिंतक के लिए कठिन है और मैं तो चिंतक भी नहीं हूँ। परन्तु इस गीत की व्याख्या हेतु ये कहना आवश्यक है के इस गीत को एक विशिष्ट वर्ग के...

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