August 29th, 2019

Confession time! I have a copy of “War & Peace”

Back in the ol’ home country, Blighty, people are protesting against the prorogation of Parliament.

And damn right they are, too, to protest.

People are planning to meet, to march and to do Lord knows what else.

In my adopted home, India, we have so much to protest about, that we hardly know where to start.

Kashmir.

Yet more unspeakable rapes.

The economy in crisis.

Yet despite all the doom and gloom in contemporary India, there are moments of humour amid the insanity.

Bless the lovely people on Indian social media who, like me, are proudly announcing that they, too, have a copy of Tolstoy’s “War & Peace” on their bookshelf.

Confused?

Let me explain.

Often the Indian judiciary is truly outstanding. Trenchant, taking no sh*t, taking the government to task.

And then there are moments like this:

War and Peace is about a war in another country,” Justice Sarang Kotwal said. “Why were you having these books and CDs at home? You will have to explain this to the court.”

This is from a judge in the Bombay High Court, no less.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Not some rinky dink mofussil magistrate’s court.

This was said in the Bombay High Court.

Yesterday, during the trial of Vernon Gonsalves, an activist arrested last year for allegedly making provocative speeches, Justice Kotwal asked Mr. Gonsalves to explain (and I quote) the “objectionable material” like a copy of Tolstoy’s blockbuster. The 19th century novel was found at Mr. Gonsalves’s home after a search by the Pune police.

Talk about the Bombay High Court making a total & utter ass of itself.

So, here I am, defiantly admitting that I, too, have a copy of this objectionable book on my bookshelf.

And without any further ado, I hand you over to some of the wittiest people on Twitter :

So, come on, dear reader! Own up!

Do you, too, possess such an objectionable book?

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