Wednesday, May 01, 2013

'The universe is then one, infinite, immobile.... It is not capable of comprehension and therefore is endless and limitless, and to that extent infinite and indeterminable, and consequently immobile.'
 Giordano Bruno (1548-1600)

For more on Bruno, see Frances Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition. Quite a bit of the book can be found at Googlebooks.

Also see Frances Yates, 'The Religious Policy of Giordano Bruno', [ ]

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Show your support for a Free and Open Internet

    Some world governments want to increase censorship and regulate the internet. The decisions will be taken in a closed door meeting. Join together and keep the Internet free from government regulated censorship. Visit this link for more info.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Prajapati Obscenity Trial (Supreme Court Verdict)

Lady Chatterley's Lover in Japan

This is the judgement on the case of translation and publication of LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER in Japan. In 1950, the editor Kyujiro Koyama and the translator Sei Ito were accused of obscenity for the translation, publication and distribution of this novel. The prosecutor insisted that twelve passages in the book were obscene to the general public and therefore its public viewing constituted a crime under Article 175 of the Penal Code. On the other hand, the accused maintained that the interpretation of the Penal Code given by the prosecutor was flawed and unconstitutional. After a series of disputes at the Tokyo High Court, the case was finally taken to the Supreme Court in 1957. On 13 March of that year, the Supreme Court rejected any appeals made by the accused and backed the accusations made by the prosecution that the twelve passages at issue infected the whole book with obscenity arguing that "the description of the sex acts contained therein at twelve passages, as pointed out by the prosecutor, is all too bold, detailed, and realistic"

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Book on War-crime likely to be banned in Pakistan

The book "A Stranger in my own Country East Pakistan, 1969-1971" written by Late Major General Khadim Hussain Raja and published by OUP, Pakistan has caused an uproar in the Pakistan government. The book has reportedly brought to light the war-crimes and genocides performed by the Pakistan army under the command of General A.A.K Niazi during the Bangladesh Liberation War.
The book was published according to the last wishes of the author expressed to his family as he feared that publication of the book during his lifetime may put his life at risk.
Reports indicate that Pakistan government is trying everything it can to ban the book in the country. The book hasn't made its way into Indian markets yet and doesn't looks like it will.
I don't know whether we will get to see another government "sponsored" book-burning in this 21st century but we should try to get hold of a copy, if possible, before the last wishes of the author gets wiped out from the face of the earth.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Obama "Joker" Poster

Firas Alkhateeb, an American citizen of Palestinian origin designed and uploaded the Obama "joker" poster on Flickr in January 2009. Described by 'The Guardian' as "America's first successful use of street art", the poster has been a symbol for anti-Obama protests. Following media coverage, Flickr deleted all the available digital posters and the forums discussing it. This action was met by severe backlash which caused Flickr to change their Copyright Infringement Policy. As a result of Flickr removing the image, some online communities viewed Alkhateeb as the most visible representative of free speech on the internet in August 2009.
Details of the poster controversy are available at

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Class groups for assignments

Group 1
Bidisha UG3
Utsarjana UG3
Anwesha RayUG2
Subhajit DasUG2

Group 2
Aratrika UG3
Raahi UG3
Sayantani UG2

Group 3
Aritra Sengupta UG3
Deeptarko UG3
Ankita RoyUG2

Group 4
Ankita UG3
Arshia UG3
Saswati UG2
Sayani UG2