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“Environment, even in the eyes of law is often considered only a commodity, and we believe art has the power to change this. Can this power hold in a legal courtroom, this is what this staged trial will seek to question.”

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New Delhi, April 4, 2017: In one of the unique crossovers between environment, law, and art, some known artists and lawyers will attempt to raise awareness through a mock court trial on green issues.

The project has been directed by artist Zuleikha Chaudhari in collaboration with Khoj International Artists’ Association.

Titled “Landscape as Evidence: Artist as Witness,” the event will be conducted as a mock trial or a “Staged Hearing Before the Commission of Inquiry under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952” in which participants are a retired judge, practicing lawyers and artists.

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“Environment, even in the eyes of law is often considered only a commodity, and we believe art has the power to change this. Can this power hold in a legal courtroom, this is what this staged trial will seek to question,” Zuleikha Chaudhari said.

The event, directed by Chaudhari, staged as part performance and part real legal proceedings, will have a judge, practicing lawyers like Anand Grover and environmental lawyer Norma Alvares will be opposing counsels, artists like Navjot Altaf, Ravi Agarwal, and Sheba Chhachhi will be the witnesses and artworks will be the evidence. The artworks (or the evidence in this case) that will also be displayed are video works by Navjot Altaf, Ravi Aggarwal, and Sheba Chhachhi.

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“Khoj has been working around the themes of ecology and environment since 2002,” says Radha Mahendru, curator at Khoj International Artists’ Association, “and since this is our 20th year, we wanted to revisit issues of ecology through this unique collaboration between artists and lawyers”.

The hearing before this “Commission of Inquiry” is requesting that it consider the recently cleared River Linking Project under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952. The matter has been referred to it by a direction of the Lok Sabha pursuant to a petition. The petitioners, Khoj International Artists’ Association and Zuleikha Chaudhari oppose the River Linking Project on the basis of the devastation caused to the environment.

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The staged hearing before the Commission will look into the merits of an enlightened perception of justice and how to measure loss, premising art as valid evidence and artists as valid witnesses.

The project, set to be held at Speakers Hall in the Constitution Club of India on April 7 here, is in collaboration with Vienna’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. IANS

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Speeding Brings Costly Consequences

Most drivers will receive at least a traffic ticket during their years of driving. Every point added and accumulated to our driving record could results in our license being suspended.

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Driving is fun especially when there is not traffic congestion and when the weather is nice and cool. Pixabay

As the weather improves, many of us are just looking forward to take our car out from the garage and take a drive to town to stock up our groceries or a ride down the country road to enjoy the beautiful scenery.  There are many who are also thinking the same thing like us. Winter months can be so boring and the snow has kept us indoors as it is not safe to drive on slippery roads.

 

Driving is fun especially when there is not traffic congestion and when the weather is nice and cool. It can be exhilarating to see the first sign of spring with little spots of green appearing out from under the bare ground and on the bare trees. There is no rush to get anywhere and it is good to feel the cool fresh air through the open windows of our car.

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These lawyers are professionals and experienced in their field and once they studied our case, they will know how to go about presenting and fighting our case on our behalf. Pixabay

Once the initial thrill of the first few drives along the country roads evaporates, we can find ourselves rushing to our destination and getting our errands done. The everyday routine sets in and people are more interested in getting about on time and getting things done as soon as possible. The moment we get our car started, we automatically step on the gas accelerator pedal. No one wants to get stuck in a traffic congestion and everyone wants to be early to avoid being caught in one. Sometimes, rushing or speeding does not help but instead would slow us down, especially if you are being stopped by a traffic officer for beating the red traffic light.

 

Not only will our time be wasted but it will also burn a hole in our wallet to pay for the ticket received. It is not just paying the ticket, but it will also affect the record of our driving license with demerit points added. In order to keep a good driving record we need to out the demerit points and the only way is to hire a red light camera ticket lawyer to fight our case for us. These lawyers are professionals and experienced in their field and once they studied our case, they will know how to go about presenting and fighting our case on our behalf.

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There is no rush to get anywhere and it is good to feel the cool fresh air through the open windows of our car. Pixabay

What happens if you have just received a red light ticket? If you are staying in California, you will have no problem getting a good recommendation to a ticket attorney Los Angeles from The Ticket Clinic. This clinic provides legal advice and services to motorists to get a fair trial and most times, the experienced lawyers can get the cases dismissed using their defense strategies and tactics with high percentage of successes.

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Most drivers will receive at least a traffic ticket during their years of driving. Every point added and accumulated to our driving record could results in our license being suspended. When this happens, it could cause the premium of our auto insurance to increase. In certain states, demerit points for minor violations will stay in our driving records for a minimum of 3 years. If one is a frequent speeder, one can easily reach the number of points to get his or her license suspended and that would not be good if the job requires a driving license.