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My reflections on this unnecessary and pointless election, and its unpleasant results

10.06.17   This election has, in many ways, been a replay of the Referendum. In both cases, there was a Tory Prime Minister that called for an unnecessary election. The Tory Prime Minister counted on the people supporting them wholeheartedly and the public went against what they were expecting. It was the over confidence of … Continue reading

Racism and the Park Bench: When Comedy Turns Into Reality

30.05.17   I watched some comedy movies over the weekend called “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and its sequel. They are the story of a loser security guard who manages to save the day when professionals such as the police can’t. One of the scenes was particularly unfunny. A beautiful Hispanic woman accidently touches the white … Continue reading

The Meanings of Ruswa – Word Definitions and the Politics of Emotions

23.04.2017   In Thomas Hardy’s novel, Jude the Obscure, the eponymous character at first makes an elementary mistake in translation. He believes that words have fixed meanings independent of context. It is progress in the language under study that enables Jude to see that context determines meaning. Words have a plasticity, not a fixity. Their … Continue reading

The Case of the Missing Picture – A Research Story

16.04.2017   The archive is a particularly unglamorous thing. My own archival research has mostly been spent in online searches using specialised Victorian period resources and databases as a result of the careful curation of electronic sources that have been scanned and uploaded onto the web. It is not very interesting talking about how I … Continue reading

The Rights of the River Goddess: Environmental Law, Legal Fiction and Hinduism in India

05.04.16   The river Ganges came down from heaven as a goddess. The force of her waters was so powerful that it threatened to consume the earth. The god Shiva had to take the brunt of the goddess upon his matted hair so that the meeting of the Ganges and the earth did not destroy … Continue reading

Killing the Trump Clown: Snoop Dogg, Hip-Hop, Hate and Free Speech

15.03.17   Snoop Dogg’s recent video, “Lavender”, has aroused Donald Trump’s fury. The music video shows the hip-hop artist aiming a toy pistol at a clown character pretending to be Donald Trump. It has been described by supporters of Trump as a call for political assassination. In this little piece, I will situate Snoop’s artistic … Continue reading

Rape and Guilt: The Lesbian Rapist and the Punishment of the Christian God

  12.03.17   Earlier this month, I was reading about Jodie Foster and her recent political engagement. I spent some time researching her earlier career and found out about her Oscar wins. As I was browsing the information on the internet, I noticed that her co-star in the film in which she had won an … Continue reading

The Mask of the Superhero and the Nakedness of Kali

08.03.17   I was reflecting on the idea of judgement over the past few days. Is it only possible to judge things if one is a good person? Is speech only a privilege that is bestowed upon the good? If this were so, I would be disqualified to judge. I know very well that I … Continue reading

Arranged Marriage Rape and Exploitation: How UK Indians are Treating Indian Women

People wonder why I attack the limits of the law and the nation-state. They think it is just an academic exercise. However, the exposure of those limits is to show the limitations of our justice. That exposure shows how the law favours the stronger and fails to protect the weaker. A particularly disgusting example which … Continue reading

The Attack of the Woman’s Letter

25.02.17   My research is in the relationship between law and photography in Victorian fiction. The research has taken me into many strange places. One of the strangest places of all is the literary construction of a jilted woman’s revenge. At first, my bias as a man prevented me from appreciating the full political significance … Continue reading