On Thursday, in a historic judgment, the 5-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court announced the strike down of the 158-year-old Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality. While reading out the judgment, Justice Dr Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud quoted the lyrics of ‘Democracy’ by Leonard Cohen.
From India Rejects 377: Justice Chandrachud Quotes A Song By Leonard Cohen by Gunjan K, Republic: September 06, 2018. The pertinent lyrics follow [emphasis mine]:
It’s coming through a hole in the air
From those nights in Tiananmen Square
It’s coming from the feel
That this ain’t exactly real
Or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly there
From the wars against disorder
From the sirens night and day
From the fires of the homeless
From the ashes of the gay
Democracy is coming to the USA
Credit Due Department: Thanks to Eugene McLaughlin, who alerted me to this issue. Eugene also took the photo atop this post.