Webtalk on Wit and Humour from the Bar and Bench by PUAA

Chandigarh, August 21, 2020: Panjab University Alumni Association organised a webtalk today on “Wit and Humour from the Bar and Bench” by Prof. (Dr.) Balram K. Gupta, Director (Academics), Chandigarh Judicial Academy and Prof. (Dr.) Shruti Bedi, Professor of Law, University Institute of Legal Studies.
Prof. Deepti Gupta, Dean Alumni Relations, Panjab University welcomed the speakers. Sonia Chandel from PUAA formally introduced Prof. Balram Gupta and Prof. Shruti Bedi.
Prof. Balram Gupta shared some funny anecdotes and incidents from his years of practice which left everyone amused. Dr Gupta said that in any profession whether teaching , medical or legal, humour is a lubricant. Every teaching,if laced with humour and wit can bring out the seriousness of the subject , thereby making it more absorbing.
Then Prof. Bedi shared some interesting incidents, both from the Indian and English courts, which left the audience in splits.
The speakers kept switching and taking turns to keep the audience engaged and mesmerised.
They shared witty incidents from the life of G Ramaswamy, Attorney General of India and C. K. Daphtary, who was the first Solicitor General of India and was known for his witty replies.
In the constitutional challenge to the Bombay Prohibition Act, when asked about the nature of the intoxicants which were declared prohibited under the Act, Daphtary described them and, with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, added, “And then, My Lords, there are substances other than liquid refreshments which also intoxicate – and power is one of them”. Prof. Gupta also shared the famous remark “A Republic without a Pub is a mere Relic”.
Dr. Balram K. Gupta is a judicial educator at the national and international level. He has lectured at different universities and institutes in the UK and USA and has contributed papers in national and international journals..
Prof. Shruti Bedi, is Professor of Law at the University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
The webinar ended with a vote of thanks by Prof. Deepti Gupta to the speakers and the participants.

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