Friday, March 14, 2008

LAW ANIMATED WORLD, Vol. 4: Part 1, No. 3, 15 February 2008 issue

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Volume 4: Part 1 15 February 2008 No. 3
1. War on Roses? 1
2. LAW NEWS: Torture of Bangladeshi Journalist; Stop Saudi ‘Witch’s’ execution! 2, 59
3. McLIBEL 3-10,by David Wolfson 51-58
4. R v. C.L.Y. [CAN-SC] 11-18
5. British Columbia v. 19-20,Zastowny [CAN-SC] 41-50
6. V. Subbulakshmi v. S. Lakshmi (IND-SC) 21-25
7. DFO, Kothagudem v. Madhusudan Rao (IND-SC) 26-29
8. Karnataka Bank Ltd. v. State of A.P. (IND-SC) 30-40
9. Poem - Jhansi ki Rani, Subhadra Kumari Chauhan 60
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But We Hate You!

It is no doubt hard and painful to envisage a situation when hooliganism tends to break up things, even heads, in protest against offering of roses and chocolate in expression of love, but strange things do happen in the world, and stranger so in our country. Otherwise it is very difficult to understand the self-styled custodians of ‘Hindu morality’ in Bombay and several other places in India going berserk on the Valentine Day with their hate campaigns. And they find strange bedfellows in orthodox Islamic Saudi Arabia where the government banned all celebrations on that Day, including sale of roses and any ‘red things’ even, as ‘all that is un-Islamic’! That way New Year’s Day is un-Hindu, un-Islamic; so is the April Fool Day and umpteen other usages in India and elsewhere – including the dress you wear and the food you eat, not to speak of the law and politics you mainly follow. Even your chillies are not Hindu my dear, so are tea and coffee; and the most common bananas are not of Indian origin. Whatever be, roses certainly are not Indian but that does not stop us loving their beauty and aroma. Saint Valentine of Terni and Saint Valentine of Rome may be two different persons or not, but tradition hails their fearless martyrdom in the cause of love – to be more precise, their affectionate support to would-be-couples – against Roman imperial barbaric suppression. They are ‘vicariously’ remembered and honoured on 14 February by lovers and would-be-couples exchanging chocolate and roses. What is there in it so alien to Hindu culture which is replete with love, even porn, stories of gods and goddesses and which has deified sex symbols to that pitch which no religion has done. Don’t we have our Nala Damayanti, Radha Krishna, Heer Ranjha, and so on? Capping all, we have the wisest saying ‘udaara charitaanam tu vasudhaiva kutumbakam’ and so let us all try to be liberals in mind and spirit and shun all sorts of fundamentalist excesses §§§

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