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NELSON MANDELA – I:  Sharpeville and Jallianwala Law / Politics

On April 10, 1919, a demonstration was staged at the residence of the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar, Punjab, demanding the release of two popular leaders of the Indian Independence Movement – Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew. The two were part of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement and had been arrested in that connection by the British Government. They were held at a secret location. The demonstrators...

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ARUNDHATI ROY: Contemner Beyond Doubt – II Law / People

To Arundhati Roy it seemed wholly unacceptable that the Supreme Court served notice on her. The Court had displayed “a disturbing willingness to issue notice,” she said. So, the Supreme Court should have automatically assumed that despite being part of a Dharna and shouting slogans against the Supreme Court, Ms. Roy ‘could not have’ committed contempt of court for the simple reason that she was...

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ARUNDHATI ROY: Contemner Beyond Doubt – I Law / People

Arundhati Roy, born on November 24, 1961, shot to fame when she won one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the Booker Prize in 1997 for her debut novel, The God of Small Things. Although the Booker Prize awarded to Ms. Roy was hugely celebrated, the events that followed brought her to the forefront of public debates in a much bigger way...

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MARTIN LUTHER KING – III: ‘I Have A Dream’ And The Assassination Law / Politics

The Birmingham Campaign employed a number of non-violent methods of protests including sit-ins at public places and kneel-ins by the Blacks at churches used by the Whites. Hundreds of protesters were arrested across Birmingham. Courting arrest was one of the pressure tactics used by the leaders of the Campaign. The idea was to flood the prisons and thereby force the government to act. However, the...

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MARTIN LUTHER KING – I: Montgomery Bus Boycott And The Rise of the Legend Law / Politics

“All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is inter-related, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be...

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RAJIV GANDHI: Bofors & Shah Bano Law / Politics

Rajiv Gandhi, born on August 20, 1944 in Mumbai, became India’s sixth Prime Minister after the assassination of his mother, Indira Gandhi, on October 31, 1984. However, Rajiv, depite being the elder son of India’s then Prime Minister, had no interest in politics and did not want to become an active politician. It was his younger brother, Sanjay Gandhi, who was actively involved in Indian...

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Muhammad Ali and Civil Rights Movement – I: Clay turns Ali Law / People

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942, Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest boxers of all times, but his preeminence is as much attributable to his boxing prowess as to his struggle as a black man in the White Man’s World and to his famous refusal to join the US Army to take part in the Vietnam War on grounds of religious...

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MIKE TYSON: “The Baddest Man On The Planet” Law / People

Mike Tyson (Michael Gerard “Mike” Tyson) is one of the greatest boxers the world has ever seen. If statistics are anything to go by, of a total of 58 bouts that he took part in, Tyson won 50, out of which 44 were straight knockouts, and lost only 6. Also, he has in his name the record of being the youngest boxer to win the...

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