Mumbai, Jan. 1 -- Around two weeks ago, I did a session on "stress relief" for law students who are part of IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education), a project to empower underprivileged communities through legal education. A key part of the session involved the use of music to beat stress. To this end, I played them 'Hakuna Matata', a smash hit from Disney's musical blockbuster The Lion King. Hakuna translates roughly to "there is/ are no" and Matata means "problem(s)". Taken together, this Swahili phrase, as the song itself sings, "...means no worries, for the rest of your days. A problem-free philosophy".

Little was I to know that even as this number was being belted out in Delhi (the situs of our stress relie...