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Talking at length on terrorism, King Khan also tried to come up with reasons why India has been attacked time and again by terrorists. He feels that the reason for terrorism against the country is three-fold. First, terrorism is always against the secularism of this country, secondly, the dignity of this country irks the terrorists and thirdly, the economy of the country also irks them. He reasons, “So always why does a terrorist attack? They can’t take over our city, they can’t take over the country by this and I fully believe that the secularism is something that is most existent in the country, in the people of this country. And when that is thwarted, then this country won’t be such a beautiful country as it is.” Adds he, “Hindus and Muslims have stayed together in this country for years and we will continue to do so. It’s an amazingly secular place and amazingly democratic place. May be those are also some of our problems that we are too democratic at times.”

This has been by far one of the most sensble things said by any personality about the attacks. The above is a part of an interview Shahrukh Khan gave to Barkha Dutt on his views on the Mumbai attacks. Keeping his acting skills aside, my admiration for this man has certainly increased.

“I agree that the more unreasonable a clause is, the greater the notice which must be given of it. Some clauses which I have seen would need to be printed in red ink on the face of the document with a red hand pointing to it before the notice could be held to be sufficient.”

That is quoting Lord Denning from the case of Spurling (J.) Ltd. v. Bradshaw [1956] 1 W.L.R. 461. It is judgments and decisions like these that were used as precedent in common law and shaped legal jurisprudence. The House of Lords infact, has been responsible for most of the judgments that have shaped the laws in most common law jurisdictions around the world. While Denning and Atkin were notably the best judges the house ever had, this Court has maintained itself as the highest and most rational judicial body in common law.

However come 2009, by the Constitional Reforms Act, 2005 coming into force the judicial division would now be separated from the House of Lords and be called the Supreme Court for the United Kingdom. While the functions would remain the same, this would be an end of an era of the most respected and influential court in legal history in terms of title.