A Difficult Judgement

Courtesy : My IIM-B Classmate, Anu

A Difficult Judgement

In a small town in India, a person decided to open up his bar which was right opposite a temple. The temple and its congregation started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayed daily against his business.

Meanwhile work progressed. However, when it was almost complete and about to open a few days later, a strong lightning struck the bar and it was burnt to the ground.

The temple folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the bar owner sued the temple authorities on the grounds that the temple through its congregation & prayers was ultimately responsible for the demise of his bar either through their direct or indirect actions or means.

In its reply to the court, the temple vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection that their prayers were reasons for the bar’s demise.

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork at the hearing and commented:
I don’t know how I’m going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork – ‘we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer and we have an entire temple and its devotees that don’t.’

Courtesy : My IIM-B Classmate, Anu


Vijay Srinivasan
26th March 2011


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