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From Goethe, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde to Vikram Seth, SC quotes all to drag home its point on Section 377

The SC also quoted noted author Vikram Seth’s poem “Through Love’s Great Power” to draw home its point.  

The Hush Post: “The emphasis on the unique being of an individual is the salt of his/her life. Denial of self-expression is inviting death.” This is what the historical judgment on the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court said Thursday asserted while ruling that adult gay sex is not a crime.

And before the five-judge Bench came to a conclusion, it quoted thinkers, philosophers poets, writers like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Arthur Schopenhauer, John Stuart Mill, William Shakespeare, Kant, Aristotle, Bentham, Martin Luther King, Radhakrishnan, Oscar Wilde, Leonard Cohen and Vikram Seth lending a poetic and even more a philosophical touch to the judgment.

“Not for nothing, the great German thinker, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, had said, ―I am what I am, so take me as I am, and similarly, Arthur Schopenhauer had pronounced, ―No one can escape from their individuality”, the judgment read.

The SC also quoted noted author Vikram Seth’s poem “Through Love’s Great Power” to draw home its point.

Through love’s great power to be made whole

In mind and body, heart and soul –

Through freedom to find joy, or be

By dint of joy itself set free

In love and in companionhood:

This is the true and natural good.

To undo justice, and to seek

To quash the rights that guard the weak –

To sneer at love, and wrench apart

The bonds of body, mind and heart

With specious reason and no rhyme:

This is the true unnatural crime.

The 61-year-old Padma Shri, who had championed the rights of the LGBT community had penned the poem to express his anguish after the 2014 Supreme Court verdict which had dismissed a review petition filed by the Centre against its December 11, 2013 ruling.

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