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HEMRAJ SINGH

WOH CHHOKRI: Misfortune in Excess
in Movies

WOH CHHOKRI: Misfortune in Excess

A terrifying knock at the door of a young girl (Pallavi Joshi) sleeping alone in her small hut in a thickly populated ghetto with similar huts all around sends shivers down the spine of the young girl, whose mother has gone away to meet the girl’s father (Paresh Rawal) on the girl’s adamant insistence fuelled by the tenacious hope that the man – now a...

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04 Sep 2015
The ‘Protagoras Paradox of the Court’ Is A Non-Starter
in Philosophy

The ‘Protagoras Paradox of the Court’ Is A Non-Starter

This little story — also called ‘Paradox of the Court’ — keeps coming up in different versions all the time and even lawyers find it baffling, which I find quite strange. After having been asked the solution over and over again, when the same problem was sent over to me by a student once again today, I decided to write my response and publish it....

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08 Aug 2015
Lord Krishna and the Amorality of  Wartime Tactical Decisions
in Theory

Lord Krishna and the Amorality of Wartime Tactical Decisions

Reins in hand, Lord Krishna brought the chariot carrying Arjuna to the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Arjuna was uneasy and asked Lord Krishna to take the chariot to the centre of the battlefield from where he could see both the armies. Lord Krishna knew that before the epic clash began, he would have to fight his own battle against Arjuna’s very human vacillation, natural in such...

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25 Jun 2015
Lord Krishna and adherence to the Dharma
in Theory

Lord Krishna and adherence to the Dharma

Lord Krishna is very understandably not regarded as a normal human being, but he is also not regarded as a normal or ordinary God or just another incarnation of God. He is considered extraordinary in godliness and as the most complete incarnation of God possible, mythologically speaking. This is another reason why every intellectual inquiry into the rationality or morality of his actions is responded...

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25 Jun 2015
Lord Krishna and Jarasandha: Legitimacy of Annexation
in Theory

Lord Krishna and Jarasandha: Legitimacy of Annexation

Attired as Brahmins, Lord Krishna, Bhima and Arjuna presented themselves before Jarasandha, who was not mislead by the dressing and could sense that the trio did not look like Brahmins in the least. When he expresses his doubt, Lord Krishna speaks thus: O king, know us for Snataka Brahmanas. Brahmanas and Kshatriyas and Vaishyas are all, O monarch, competent to observe the vow of Snataka....

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25 Jun 2015
Lord Krishna and Jarasandha: Self-preservation and War
in Theory

Lord Krishna and Jarasandha: Self-preservation and War

To understand the philosophy of Lord Krishna, it is imperative to have a close look at his life and what all he stood for. The first major political event in the life of Lord Krishna occurred when he killed his maternal uncle, Kansa. For slaying of Kansa there were many reasons, personal and political, both. Kansa was an unjust king who had begotten the throne...

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25 Jun 2015
Salman’s Continual Tryst with the Law
in Law, People

Salman’s Continual Tryst with the Law

The sporty, ever-exercising lover boy of Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) who could pull a punch or two if the need be turned into a Baaghi (1990) for love almost immediately after. It was smooth sailing for many years thereafter. But by the time he was family-loving boy swearing Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) some nine years later, he was also hunting Chinkaras, an endangered species...

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25 Jun 2015
Lord Ram and Lord Krishna: Different Lives, Different Purposes
in Theory

Lord Ram and Lord Krishna: Different Lives, Different Purposes

Lord Ram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is seen as the ideal man who lived a model life to earn the well-deserved epithet of Maryadapurushottam . Lord Ram’s life and the way Lord Krishna lived are markedly different and the reason for the difference in their ways is very educative in terms of the way societies evolve and how the law keeps pace with...

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25 Jun 2015
NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU: A Cricketer-turned-MP’s Struggle with the Law
in Law, People

NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU: A Cricketer-turned-MP’s Struggle with the Law

Navjot Singh Sidhu’s is among the most easily reconizable faces on Indian television, and almost everybody who has spent any amount of time watching television in India is familiar with his catchy oneliners that are now fondly referred to as ‘Siddhuisms’. But it is not the small screen that made him famous. It was his explosive performance as a cricketer playing for the Indian team...

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25 Jun 2015
NARSIMHA RAO – II: Corruption Scandals
in Law, Politics

NARSIMHA RAO – II: Corruption Scandals

Narsimha Rao’s darkest hour came when he found himself accused of corrupt and unethical practices on more than one occasion. The nightmare began in 1996 when Rao’s term in office came to an end, and investigations were initiated primarily against him along with Buta Singh and nine others on the charges that he had offered huge amounts of money to the members of the Jharkhand...

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24 Jun 2015
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