In particular, Justices S.K. Kaul and Pushpa Sathyanarayana for their clear-eyed verdict in the Perumal Murugan case. In unequivocally stating that “if you do not like a book, throw it away” and “all writings unpalatable for one section of the society cannot be labelled as obscene, vulgar, depraving, prurient and immoral”, the two judges have spoken for liberals across the country who are increasingly being held at ransom by hoodlums and lynch mobs acting on behalf of partisans and vested interests. Literature, art, films, music...there is not a sphere of modern life unsullied by the exertions of the philistines. Hopefully, this judgement will serve as a warning bell against the doors of liberal thought being slammed shut.