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Once every few days, depending on their moods, some government officials raid Biju Da, a soft-spoken shack-wala who serves Maagi, Chai and Lunch to college students.   During the raid, Biju Da, his wife and his children run. They also have to hide their goods. In the mayhem that follows some bottles break. A string of packets is flung on the road. A carton drops with a thud. They run. From predators of their life and their livelihood.   Some students help them. Some watch from the sideline. Some are in the library working on their research papers.   The fear in the eyes of Biju da is one that you see courtesy of the Discovery Channel: in the eyes of...
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I got another email from a law student asking me to remove the internship experience he had shared on Lawctopus. The law firm had asked him to do so. Why? Because among the 400 good words he had written about the firm, there were 50 not so good words. This has happened earlier too. Law firms guard the reputations to the hilt, and rightly so. Reputation, like any other good thing in this world, is hard to gain and easy to lose. However, being unable to take review & criticism in the right spirit are signs of a malaise. Individuals, societies and professions, scared of criticism, won’t go too far ahead. When you do not have people telling you what’s wrong and all...
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I wrote this on Lawctopus yesterday. I argue that the ToI report is inaccurate and cursory. Moreover, according to a student the timing of the report has a link to the demands of a domicile quota at NLSIU.   --- The Times of India Report, referring findings of a CJI’ appointed committee on how NLSIU is falling down from its exalted position has raised eyebrows and commenters on social media have gone berserk over the issue.   The report talks about “rising instances of drug abuse, sex and drinking among students, indifference to plagiarism in student project reports and decline in serious research pursuit and academic rigour”. It also mentions how students have an abysmally low 4-6 hours of class room lectures per week.   Inaccurate and Cursory...
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I am in a familiar territory! Hi! I came here long ago. Does anyone remember me? No one remembers a traitor you'd say. I turned a traitor to LegallyIndia blogs. I take the blame. However, I thought I should come here; just for the kicks (hard ones at the right place). Here is something reproduced from here. --- Lawctopus is not a blog. I cringe when people call it a blog. It’s a website and mind you we pay for the website hosting! :)   Now I’ll argue, with my left leg on a chair, that you should write a law blog instead of writing for a law journal. Why is the left leg on a chair? Well, I heard that...
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Akshima Sarathi, a 4th year student of NALSAR, Hyderabad has won the cash prize of rupees 3 lacs for the 'most legally reasoned' student award.OK Stop! This was false news (with balls?).Anyway, if legal reasoning is your forte and if you liked playing with the LST's legal reasoning module, the IDIA (increasing diversity by increasing access to legal education) project has a competition for you.  What does IDIA do: IDIA teams go to schools in rural and poor regions of India; select the bright students interested in law and then train them for CLAT. Training requires good quality coaching material and hence IDIA needs some really good, tough and creative legal reasoning questions.Here is the competition: Make 10 superlative legal reasoning...
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I have always been thrilled by entrepreneurs. The first entrepreneur I came in ‘virtual’ contact with was Sachin Malhan who was our legal aptitude mentor at LST and used to teach through VSAT sessions. Seeing him in real life always evaded me. Thankfully, he once came to NUJS for a talk on his entrepreneurial journey which I attended. I loved the talk. I also love to track the growth of his ventures: LST, Rainmaker and now Inclusive Planet.   Prof. Shamnad Basheer of NUJS again is an entrepreneur, a social entrepreneur. His two initiatives ClaM (Collaborative Law Making) and IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) are especially brilliant. I have been fortunate enough to get to see him at work...
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“Next time, the eleven of us are on a corporate deal, or fighting it out in the court; we’ll know that you don’t win till the scoreboard says so”. Cricket in my college is a lesser religion. People worship soccer more fastidiously. Nonetheless, cricket is a religion. Interbatch tournaments, inter-college tournaments, a league tournament etc.; cricket has a good share of worshippers. So, here you go; presenting before you: a cricket match. A.      Our Team We have the best of teams. We have the worst of teams. Out fast bowlers are the best. Every fast bowler of our 2nd year team has represented the university. Our fast bowlers: Shah, Talwar, Kalia (thats me) and Sihag are all fearsome (even our names...
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Scene: A hard-fought, electrifying, marathon litigation bout with drummers playing to the full volume to add to the drama.  The drummers stop when mediation begins. The litigators too are disappointed. And well, a request: When ‘tak da gidh da, tak da gidh da’ comes in the poem, please don’t skip it; sing it.   The drums are beating aloud Oh! See them pronounce: That the two litigators are about To argue a much awaited bout. Tak da Gidh da Tak da Gidh da (2). (The drums’ sound).   The two shake hands and smile a lot. Like two pehelwans testing the Strength of the arms and the jaws Of the nervous compatriot. Tak da gidh dha tak da gid dha (2)....
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I started this blogging competition with a philosophical (attempted) post on law and life. I am ending the competition with some more on the same lines (just to make the exit a bit dramatic).   Note- Had three more posts lined up. But chicken pox got me and I took the two week 'bed rest' diligently. Me and my three friends Me and my three friends- Mind, Body and Soul Live in unison To maintain the cobwebs Of autonomous threads.   Each on is difference. Body is the beast- Playful and powerful, Ventures into alleys dark. The mind mindful, flogs hard.   And when, the then watch glass, Turns into an imprisoned, Subdued heap of sand; The soul discards his disguised, Self-ostracized...
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INJUSTICE IN JUSTICEChapter-III Part I containing chapters I and II is here.   It wasn’t a lot of work. Vijay had to take a parcel from Paharganj and drop it at Chandni Chowk twice every week. He would be paid six thousand rupees every month. That was a lot of money. Vijay was happy with but over time, he started to feel inquisitive about why he was being paid so much and what was in the parcel.   One day, after completing his work, he went to Faraz to find answers. The answers left him speechless. The parcel contained acid pills, a high class drug which hits the central nervous system. This drug made people dream of heaven and took them...
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Injustice in JusticeChapter I “I was never like this” were the words of the twenty year old boy Vijaynath. He could speak no more although a lot was expected to be said. He had been sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment for drug trafficking under the NDPS Act.   Two years ago, he was just another school going kid preparing for CLAT. On the night of Diwali, 14th October, 2005 his life changed forever. He had come back to his room when the thought of switching on the TV came to his mind. This was his first Diwali without his parents who had left the town to meet his aunt.   Everything seemed to be going well with friends at his...
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I hope you have heard the famous dialogue by Sunny Deol. Tareek Pae Tareekh means a date after date (i.e. day/month/year). That’s the fate of cases in India. Here is a take on that:   He rose, he sprang and then he spoke A dialogue in unmistakable baritone: “Tareekh Pae Tareekh, Tareekh Pae Tareekh”! And legendary became his shriek. (I salute Sunny. His only hit?)   Till one day one judge Rose and sprang and Began to speak animatedly On “Tareekh Pae Tareekh”.   You may, said he, look at me and my kindred Stultified are we (Our numbers are few) And then you besiege! (That is so lewd) To end Tareekh Pae Tareekh?   The lawyer is ill, I adjourn...
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  The IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) project, conceptualised and spearheaded by Prof. Shamnad Basheer (IPR Chair Professor, NUJS) aims to address the concern of NLUs becoming elitist. IDIA endeavours to help students from rural areas, poor backgrounds, vernancular medium schools etc. make it to the top NLUs.   That NLUs are becoming elitist was previously an anecdotal speculation. However, results coming from a survey conducted with 87 first year students (batch of 2014) at NUJS prove it to be a fact:   ü  97.7% of the students studied in English medium schools. ü  Schools of 88.51% students were in an urban area. ü  82.76% of the students took coaching for CLAT. ü  Only 4.6% of the students have family incomes...
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Edification The teacher had drawn a big apple on the black board and was busy colouring the apple red. As big as the apple was the alphabet ‘A’. This was the pre-nursery class. She heard a few students talking and snapped, “Don’t talk. I have eyes on the back of my head. I can see what every one of you is doing”. I ran my fingers against my hair on the back of my head to feel that something which the 4 year old me still hadn’t figured was a part of his body. I found nothing. I thought these maybe some of the special powers given to teachers and parents. Back home dad had brought a coconut. Me and my...
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Dear would-be law student, (Ermm‘Teenie weenie’ died of over-use) A few days back, I got a call from a would-be law student’s dad. When he was done with queries regarding the college, the things his son would need, placements etc. he handed the phone over to his son who I could make out, reluctantly, only reluctantly, took it. The conversation ‘Hi’, he said. A reluctant Hi, mind you. ‘How are you’, he said. A reluctant greeting again. The chap was nervous. I was amused. But then a very sure question from his mouth, surprisingly: "How is ragging"? "You don’t need to worry about it at all", I answered smiling. "5 Point Someone"?, he asked. "Sorry"?, (I didn’t get him). "Ermm...Have...
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