IT has been said that the law is an ass. But in that case what about the lawyer, who practises law, whose profession is the practical application of law? Could one call him a practical ass? Satiricus does not know, despite the Law degree under his belt. But he cannot help wondering about it, especially because of the latest about M.F. Husain'sobscene paintings of Hindu goddesses.
The other day the Bombay High Court directed Husain to file a reply to a citizen'spetition against these paintings. And what did Husain'slawyer do about it? To quote the Indian Express report, the lawyer ?submitted that the painter had already tendered an apology before the Supreme Court in a similar matter.? See? Husain has once said ?sorry?, so why should the law be so much of an ass as to ask him to say so again and again? Why can'tHusain's?sorriness? for his first set of obscene anti-Hindu paintings be legally applicable to the present, second, set of still more obscene paintings?and probably the third, fourth, fifth set of the future as well?
The point is, even if the law is an ass, should it be a tiresomely repetitious ass? By the way, Satiricus recalls the type of apology Husain had rendered on that first occasion. He was in England at that time, and had written that he was sorry if he had hurt the feelings of Hindus. What did that ?if? mean? It meant Husain was not sure if he had really done so. It even meant probably he had not done so. Still he had apologised out of the generosity of his heart and in recognition of the non-sensical narrow-minded of these hopeless Hindus, these fundamentalist fools.
Anyway, now that he had once said sorry, should not this matter be considered closed once for all? So we Hindus better shut up, and let Husain continue with his libidinous libations to the secular gods. In the meanwhile, this legal hoo-ha between half-mad Hindus and same secularists should be declared illegal. Only the other day the Supreme Court had warned against Public Interest Litigation on frivolous grounds, and can there be anything more frivolous than a complaint against hurt Hindu sensibilities in secular India?
In fact, having sensibilities is itself so frivolous of Hindus that they should be declared illegal. To come back to the beginning, the law is an ass, and an ass is known for patience, but even an ass'spatience might wear thin if Hindus perniciously persist in standing up like men instead of scurrying away like mice.