Tag: law


Jihadist Terrorism: Is Death Penalty Enough? Law

With Kasab’s judicially mandated death, if and when it takes place, we would finally have the satisfaction of having buried another drying leaf of the carnivorous forest of terrorism. Of course, none of us is naïve enough to believe that the forest would even do as much as spend a moment in silence at the burial. It’s business as usual. But the newly planted saplings...

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RANN: Truth compromised Movies

State is a concept brought to life for the purpose of preserving order and promoting welfare of the people by ensuring that every single individual is allowed maximum possible freedom to pursue his happiness without impinging upon the freedom of others. With great power comes great responsibility, but that’s more of moralizing than any thing else because with power granted, its use and misuse depends...

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Jihadist Terrorism: Is Death Penalty Enough? Law

With Kasab’s judicially mandated death, if and when it takes place, we would finally have the satisfaction of having buried another drying leaf of the carnivorous forest of terrorism. Of course, none of us is naïve enough to believe that the forest would even do as much as spend a moment in silence at the burial. It’s business as usual. But the newly planted saplings...

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Matto Judgment: ‘Rarest of Rare’ on trial Law

The noose is off. Santosh Singh will live despite having raped and killed, thanks to the Supreme Court’s magnanimous approach and its merciful application of the ‘Rarest of Rare’ doctrine. Ever since the doctrine of Rarest of Rare was evolved in Bachan Singh v. State of Punjab to answer the mandate of Section 354 (3) of Cr.P.C., the question as to what constitutes ‘rarest of...

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Law, Morality and Limits of Reason Law / Philosophy

“Drinking itself is not bad.” “Is it good, then?” “No, I am not saying it is good. But just because someone drinks does not mean he or she is bad.” “Okay, drinking does not make one bad. Agreed. So, what is bad, who is bad, and what ‘makes’ one bad?” “The one who is immoral, does wrong and deceive people for his own benefit is...

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NO ONE KILLED JESSICA: Truth spiced up Movies

We knew the truth about Jessica’s death before the High Court and then the Supreme Court stamped it shut with a verdict of ‘guilty’ overturning the much criticized acquittal. So, was the acquittal symptomatic of judicial failure, or of the system’s inefficacy? It’s always easy to pin the blame on the ‘system’ because it is far easier to point fingers than to own up. Any...

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Passive Euthanasia: Judicial Spot-Running? Law

Passive Euthanasia is not ‘active’ or ‘positive’ killing. And Passive Euthanasia is morally superior than, say, ‘Active Euthanasia’. These are the two fundamental assumptions on which the recent Supreme Court judgment builds its tacit approval of a conditional ‘inactively executed medical termination of life’, which might sound like – and might also be – a contradiction in terms. So, is ‘letting die’ better than ‘killing’?...

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Freedom to Express includes Freedom to Offend Law

There is a bad book around. And the state, in order to keep our pristine minds unsullied, has decided to slap a parental ban on the book. We, the impressionable toddlers subsisting under the prudent watch of the state, must look up at the state and lisp a gurgling ‘thank you’ beaming our toothless grins of innocent gratitude. The ‘unholy’ book is about the very...

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The Fine Art of Advocacy Law

Being a successful lawyer is primarily about being able to convincingly play different roles with equal ease and élan. But then, while trust plays a significant role in legal profession, mask wearers are looked upon with suspicion because it’s difficult to tell the face from the mask, and even when the mask occasionally slips off, one still doesn’t know if what appears from behind the...

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