Saturday, December 17, 2011


{Text of speech of Justice Yatindra Singh in the Judges' library on 31.8.2011 on the retirement of Justice Sri Kant Tripathi. 
Joined PCS (J) 22.11.1976 High Court 13.4.2009 Retired 14.12.2011.}

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Open Source - Benefits And Challenges 
(Summary: On the 20th year of Linux, it explains what is open source and why it should be adopted. 
This is text of the talk delivered by Justice Yatindra Singh, Judge Allahabd High Court, in Computer Society of India, Ahemdabad on 13.6.2011.
Click here to download pdf format of the text.)

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


(Summary: Education is important; so is attitude. Nowadays, when  education is overemphasised in our country, it is relevant to know what other things are important in life.
The speech delivered by Justice Yatindra Singh, Judge, Allahabad High Court on 2nd of October 2011 on the prize distribution function of the first All-India bilingual essay competition on 'Education and Nation Building' organised by Sanwal Das Sadan Lal Khanna Girls' Degree college Allahabad.
The text of the speech in the pdf format can be downloaded from here.) 

A very good evening to all of you.

This is the inaugural year of the national level bi-lingual essay competition to be organised by the college every year. The topic chosen for this year is 'Education and Nation Building'. So, why did I choose to speak on 'Attitude' today. Let me tell you the reason first.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Justice FI Rebello
Picture courtesy Allahabad High court
(Text of speech of Justice Yatindra Singh in the Judges' club on 31.8.2011 on the retirement of  Chief Justice Ferdino Inacio Rebello.)

Friday, May 27, 2011


Fundamentals of Cyber crime
(Text of talk delivered by Justice Yatindra Singh, Judge, Allahabd High Court, in cyber meet/ seminar of the IT secretaries and police officials held at Dehradun on 21.5.2011.
The pdf format of the text can be downloaded from here)

Does it matter that on the internet one can be anonymous. Is it a correct statement? Is it  relevant for the session on cyber crimes? 

Just bear with me for sometime: it is relevant. But first, let's consider as to why cyber law  is necessary.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Open Source, Open Format – Allahabad High Court Experience
(Summary: This post explains importance open source and open format. It also explains why Allahabd High court uses them. 
 This talk was delivered by Justice Yatindra Singh, judge Allahabad High Court at IIIT, Hyderabad on 20 March 2011. 
The pdf format of talk can be downloaded from here)

नमस्ते, and a very good morning to all of you.

It is a privilege and honour to be here in this premier institute of information technology.

Is there a place, 'where penguins fly'? Or am I making it up.

To tell you the truth, the title is not original: I am not the first one to use it. It was earlier used about three years ago. At that time, the morning edition of British newspapers reported that while filming on King George Island, some 750 miles south of the Falkland Islands, the BBC Camera crew discovered a colony of Adélie penguins that could fly. The programme presenter had said:
'We'd been watching the penguins and filming them for days, without a hint of what was to come. But then the weather took a turn for the worse. It was quite amazing. Rather than getting together in a huddle to protect themselves from the cold, they did something quite unexpected, that no other penguins can do.'

The newspapers from the BBC sources had also reported,
'The film reveals nature's stunning glory exciting and unexpected ways, so much so that it defies belief. Not only did it create a vivid and emotional experience for the viewer, it also illustrated just how bold and simple Darwin's idea of natural selection was. The BBC viewers would be able to see that the penguins not only taking flight from the Antarctic wastes, but flying to the thousands of miles to the Amazonian rainforest to find winter sun.'
There was a BBC footage that showed penguins flying. This was to be, a part of its new natural history series, 'Miracles of Evolution'.

Here's the footage from the BBC

Nevertheless the penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, especially in Antarctica; their wings are useless for flight: they have become flippers. They are well adapted to aquatic life. Their white belly and dark backs camouflages them. A predator in the sea looking them up from below has difficulty distinguishing between a white penguin belly and the reflective water surface. The dark back camouflages them from above.

The date this title appeared in the morning edition of British newspapers was 1st April 2008. Alas, it was a fools' day prank and not true :-( But I am not repeating that prank today.

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