every moment that passes has a message but we tend to distort the guide of the moment to the tune of our thinking that it becomes irrelevant..we misinterpret individuality then but we seldom realize..but the message remains the same..we need to go beyond..alas! we seldom go..
The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.
Thursday, 16 March 2017
#THETRUMPDUMP: JUDICIAL OVERREACH OR TRUMP'S OVERREACH - AMISTAD LESSONS
US President Donald Trump
thinks the US Judiciary is like that of the third world countries, a term that
is derogatory and its use is not recommended. By doing so Donald Trump tries to
stereotype a large section of the world as well as his own Judiciary, a marvel
of humanity that is appreciated across the world.
Steven Spielberg's 1997 film Amistad,
based on the plight of African slaves on board ship Amistad in 1839, who were
subject to intense court proceedings and social debate on slavery in America
after they had mutinied and killed their captors, has two very moving scenes
about independence and fine jurisprudence of the US Judicial system.
First, the then US President
Martin Van Buren (1837-1841), under the pressure of pro-slavery southern US
states and Spain, gets the judge of the US lower court replaced sensing that
the presiding judge would rule against the slave traders and the US government,
as the evidence demanded. Buren's administration replaces him with a young
judge expecting a favourable decision from him as the young judge would have
his whole career before him and he would not go against the state. But, on the
contrary, judicial wisdom and human conscience decides what the young judge
would do - the just thing - and he rules against the slave traders and the US government
- even if he knows that it will hurt his future career opportunities.
In the final scene of the
film, we come across a fine closing argument in the case of the Amistad
Africans in the US Supreme Court by John Quincy Adams, former US President (1825-1829)
and the senior attorney here. Incidentally, under the pressure of the Southern
states and Spain, the US government moves to the US Supreme Court. Though Adams
never openly admitted that he was an abolitionist, he, in fact, was and agreed
to defend the cause of the Amistad Africans in the US Supreme Court. As the
film's script goes, in support of his arguments, Adams reminds the judges of
the US Supreme Court that the Queen of Spain, in official communication with
the US, again and again, refers to the incompetent US Courts, comparing with
the courts in her country that do what the state demands, something that Adams
terms 'as she plays with her own courts' in a magical kingdom called Spain. Seven
of the nine US Supreme Court judges were themselves southern slave owners. Adams
invoked the US Declaration of Independence, freedom and equality of man and the
previous US Presidents who fought for these values in his speech. The case was weak
technically, apart from the ill-intent of the US administration. Add to it the
impeccable defense mounted by John Quincy Adams. But a fear was lingering in
everyone's mind - that majority of the judges were slave masters - a fact that
could have easily overturned the decision of the lower court in favour of the
US administration and Spain. But like the lower court, the spirit of the US
Judicial wisdom prevailed. With just one dissent, the US Supreme Court ruled in
favour of the Amistad Africans.
That was 1840s. The film is
more or less a true account of one of the most important episodes in the
history that propelled the anti-slavery movement in the US to its final fight
that resulted in Abraham Lincoln's Thirteenth Amendment (April 8, 1864) that
made slavery illegal thought the US, including the southern states.
Now if someone like a US
President feels that the level of that judiciary, that showed a true judicial
independence based on the rule of law some 200 years ago, is like of those
countries where the judicial independence and integrity are easily compromised,
then we can easily assume that the person saying such absurd things has other
This Amistad spirit is alive
and kicking in the US Judiciary is evident from the fact that both versions of Trump's controversial travel
ban, that target Muslims and immigrants, were turned down by the US Courts.
Donald Trump was always livid over the US Judiciary. And the fact that he drew
this the third world' corollary during his campaign phase, before becoming the
US President, tells us that he has designs against the US Judiciary. He would
have been advised by his inner circle to pre-empt his moves and to take on the
US Judiciary as the Judiciary was expected to play spoilsport in his bizarre
policy moves like this travel ban travesty.
Though Donald Trump has said
of moving to the US Supreme Court against the ban on his 'travel ban', hoping
that the 5-4 conservative majority in the top US Court would help him with his
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed, the US Judicial history tells us
otherwise, as evident from the Amistad example where six of the slave owing
judges ruled against slavery. Neil Gorsuch and a conservative majority over the
liberal judges may not work for Trump. Martin Van Buren says in Amistad,
replying to the representative of Spain's queen, that it is the it is the 'independence
of the US courts that keeps the people of the US free'.