‘Take heart! Our vital selves are stored’: The American poet Justice Kaul quoted in right to privacy ruling
Supreme Court said right to privacy was at par with right to life and liberty, and that the verdict will protect citizens’ personal freedom from intrusions by the state.Updated: Aug 24, 2017 16:58 IST
In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that individual privacy is a “guaranteed fundamental right”.
The ruling delivered by a nine-judge bench said right to privacy was at par with right to life and liberty, and that the verdict will protect citizens’ personal freedom from intrusions by the state.
In his part of the judgment, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul quoted lines by American poet and satirist Felicia Lamport which is mentioned in the book “The Assault on Privacy24”.
Here’s the poem:
Although we feel unknown, ignored
As unrecorded blanks,
Take heart! Our vital selves are stored
In giant data banks,
Our childhoods and maturities,
Our Stocks and insecurities,
All permanently filed,
Our tastes and our proclivities,
In gross and in particular,
Our incomes, our activities
Both extra-and curricular.
And such will be our happy state
Until the day we die
When we’ll be snatched up by the great
Computer in the Sky”