I am Not an Idiot!


While I felt fairly confident about not being an idiot for quite some time, I never had compelling arguments to win a debate on the topic. I have, like most others, done things that are completely silly and laughable and at times I have smarted my way through tricky situation. It was a fair debate either way till I was rescued by, who other than the Supreme Court of India.

Amid a reputation of being a legal system where cases drag on for decades, where there is so much back-log that even the most obvious of cases cannot be adjudicated in less than a few years, the esteemed court had the time to define what is an idiot. Being the interpreter of the law they leave nothing to imagination, they give a highly objective definition that reeks of artificial precision and, ironically, a little bit of idiocy.

According to the honorable justice of the Supreme Court, an idiot is one who cannot to all three of the following. 1) Count from 1-20; 2) Name the days of the week; 3) Name his parents; Maybe we should add another clause, an idiot is one who tries to find an objective definition of being an idiot. 

I actually have a lot of respect for the Indian Supreme Court, they are on of the institutions in India that have been working towards serious reform of the legal system. Its these frivolous decisions and court cases that show a simple need for some common sense. Do the Indian courts need to adjudicate on every silly whim of a jobless lawyer? I can still remember loads of time of lawyers, judges, media and everyone else wasted on debating whether Sania Mirza insulted the National Flag by accidentally having her feet in the same direction while it took 13 years to convict the accused in the 1993 Bombay Blasts.

One word comes to mind… Prioritize! 

One thought on “I am Not an Idiot!

  1. Dude – Good reads – your penmanship is impeccable and entertaining.

    To be fair with Supreme Court though – All courts need to define as moot a term as Idiot – for defining if someone is actually culpable for an act or not so as to uniformly punish/pardon.

    Quoting Wikipedia —

    Until 2007, the California Penal Code Section 26 stated that “Idiots” were one of six types of people who are not capable of committing crimes. In 2007 the code was amended to read “persons who are mentally incapacitated.”[9] In 2008, Iowa voters passed a measure replacing “idiot, or insane person” in the State’s constitution with “person adjudged mentally incompetent.”[10]

    In several states, “idiots” do not have the right to vote:

    Arkansas Article III, Section 5
    Kentucky Section 145
    Mississippi Article 12, Section 241
    New Mexico Article VII, section 1
    Ohio (Article V, Section 6)


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