When his error discovered, seven years later, the colonial government simply enacted retroactive legislation to render all these unions legal. The Sonthal Parganas Act of 1855 removed all legal cover for members of Sonthal tribe in Bengal and branded them an 'uncivilised race.'The Sonthal tribesmen had finally rebelled after their lands had been progressively encroached upon and annexed by British officials and Indian moneylenders.
They had initially moved to another area, but when that too was threatened and British tax collectors moved in, they rebelled and waged guerrilla warfare against the Raj.
And the weirder the law, the delighter the brain-scream. How did they reach a situation where they decided that, and I am not making this up, it is illegal for an intoxicated person to be in charge of a cow in Scotland.
And what prompted the Metropolitan Police Act of 1839 in the UK that still punishes “Every person who in any thoroughfare shall beat or shake any carpet, rug, or mat (except door mats before the hour of eight in the morning).” I assure you this is true. So you can imagine my endless dismay at the recent news that the Government of India is now planning to remove several hundreds of obsolete laws and regulations from our lawbooks.
Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint You know what I enjoy a million times more than a nice club sandwich with a fried egg or even reruns of Christian Bale’s Equilibrium? Every time I come across an obsolete law in some official form I let out a little brain-scream of delight. What prompted generations past to come up with such a bizarre edict?In 1934, the British Indian government introduced the Bangalore Marriages Validating Act simply to spare the blushes of an evangelical vicar and a number of couples he had illegally married.After obtaining a licence to marry Christian couples in Bangalore's military cantonment, Plymouth Brethren priest Walter James Mc Donald Redwood extended his writ beyond its boundaries without authorisation.Through his masterpiece, The Fractal Geometry of Nature, Benoît Mandelbrot has provided a novel epistemological framework for interpreting the real life and the natural world as they are, preventing whatever approximation or subjective sight.Founded upon a body of well-defined laws and coherent principles, the Fractal Geometry is a powerful tool for recognizing and quantitatively describing a good many kinds of complex shapes, living forms, organized patterns, and morphologic features long range correlated with a broad network of functional interactions and metabolic processes that contribute to building up adaptive responses making life sustainable.