The Poetry of Justice

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The Poetry of Justice

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prior knowledge is getting corroboration by a posterior knowledge.”

Believe it or not, this mind-boggling sentence is a part of a judgment of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. But it’s hardly the most amazing part of the document. This particular judgment uses four languages – English, Latin, Sanskrit and Greek (all explained and translated) and is over 29,000 words long. It quotes freely from the Vedas, the Upanishads, the poet and mystic Kalidasa, Thoreau, T S Eliot, Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Aristotle, Swami Vivekananda, The American Declaration of Independence, Aldous Huxley, John Locke, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Seneca, and Bertrand Russell among others. It’s almost as if the writers of the judgment were in a quandary over whether to prove their mastery of philosophy, poetry, mythology, or science and then decided to just go for them all.