From Dylan to Shakespeare, literature often finds its way into the Indian courtroom


By Megha Varier

“[A]nd don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no telling
who that it’s naming
For the loser now
will be later to win
Cause the times they are a-changing”…

That’s Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin, warning writers and critics, “who prophesise with their pen”, not to jump the gun too soon.

But these lines found a quite different reading in the Kerala High Court, in the hearing of a petition against the state’s liquor policy. The judgement pronounced on January 6, pertained to a petition by Perumbavoor native MS Anoop, challenging the state policy, claiming that it was a violation of one’s fundamental rights.

Dismissing the petition, the division bench comprising of Justice PR Ramachandra Menon and Justice Dama Seshadri Naidu maintained that, “common good takes lead and subordinates individual’s inclinations. Read more

Source: The News Minute