India Two Point Oh

Both Aristotle and William Graham Sumner pointed out that laws are only expressions of tradition. To cite the terminology of Thomas Kuhn, only a paradigm shift can change a folkway. A hundred years ago, Bhagat Singh Thind (a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War I) was denied citizenship on racial grounds: though admittedly a speaker of an “Aryan” language, the U.S. Supreme Court found that he was “Asian” and therefore not qualified to become a citizen, despite his honorable service in the armed forces. Almost at that very moment, the self-taught Srinivasa Ramanujan was astounding the mathematics faculty at Cambridge.

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