A few months back I wrote an article in response to Ms. Arundhati Roy’s stinging analysis of judiciary, how it conducts its business and affects the lives of the people in general published in Outlook (Scandal in the Palace).
She is indeed a good writer, and a public crusader, whose passion for the people and their rights stands above challenge. However, when it comes to the courts and legal issues, her words just fail to work the same magic perhaps because they pack more passion than reason and carry a distinct, unmistakable rancour. Scandal in the Palace was no different.
But perhaps, my response matched Arundhati’s bitterness in her piece or perhaps was as senseless because LAWYERS UPDATE politely expressed its reluctance to publish the article because of its sharply critical tone capable of sparking controversy. A redoing was requested to purge the article of straight, unveiled attacks on Arundhati. Of course, there were no personal attacks, for irrespective of my disagreements with her I do have utmost regard for her literary acumen and public spirit.
However, I withdrew the article instead of ‘redoing’ it and wrote a fresh piece with only a passing reference to Arundhati’s article. It was found fit for publication. However, since it concerned the Chief Justice of India and the controversy surrounding the Sealing Drive in Delhi, LAWYERS UPDATE finally decided to leave the issue alone despite having commissioned the article in the first place because the subject matter itself was controversial. So, both the articles together with the subject itself were abandoned.
The Editorial Board did not want to run the risk of a controversy and there was no point in touching such a sensitive issue without consensus. So, we finally decided to drop the whole thing.