March 31, 2018

From a commoner’s perspective, it would be useful to debate whether the law is practically empowering

March 29, 2018

Viewing death as unrelated to life, or antithetical to it, does a disservice to the days we have, because we don’t know how to value them, writes John Leland. 

"People are always telling us to live each day as if it’s our last, but few of us actually do this, for two good reasons: 

The first is that if you really thought today was your last day, you wouldn’t pay the utility bill or save for retirement.

The second reason is that we don’t like to think about death...

March 28, 2018

Lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the community and stability within the four walls of prison

March 26, 2018

'India Today' discusses the right to die in situations where living becomes more traumatic than death even for the loved ones.

On March 9, 2018, the highest constitutional court of India declared that ‘Right to die with dignity’ is a fundamental right. The landmark ruling also gave legal sanction to passive euthanasia under strict guidelines. In a first in the country, people can now draw their own ‘living will’.

As life and death are starkly opposed, so is the...

March 20, 2018

'Do not go gentle into that good night'

by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

...

March 20, 2018

'Moving on' is a stop-motion video from BAFTA-nominated animator, writer, and director Ainslie Henderson.

It was created as a music video for British rock band James and tells a story of life and death through characters depicted with yellow yarn. 

Watch: https://vimeo.com/ainslie/movingon?ref=tw-share 

March 14, 2018

When a kin is very critical and beyond chance of return, no family member will want to approach a district court to seek permission on whether the life support can be withheld or not

March 13, 2018

There is little public awareness of end of life issues. We need to make conversations about death natural and not forced. India needs enabling legislation for end of life and palliative care. But most importantly, the medical profession by and large is both unaware of and not trained to do what is right.

March 10, 2018

Hippocrates did not teach physicians to prolong life at any cost. He taught them “to refuse to treat those who are overmastered by their diseases”.

Displaying a rare unanimity of thought to weave a common constitutional principle, CJI Misra led his colleagues on the bench to harmonise the inevitable yet opposite facets — life and death — and say in unison that "right to die with dignity is an intrinsic facet of right to life guaranteed under Article 21".

With this ruling, the SC has recognised that an individual with terminal illness or in a state of irreversible vegetative condition has the agency to de...

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