The absurdity of the term “act of God” was humorously depicted in the 2001 Australian comedy The Man Who Sued God by Mark Joffe and its 2012 Hindi adaptation OMG – Oh My God! starring Akshay Kumar and actor-turned-politician Paresh Rawal.
Both the movies hilariously delved into how the legal provision of the force majeure or “act of God” is often misleadingly invoked by insurance companies to bypass obligation of payment, giving the audience a lot of food for thought and scope for a few laughs as well.
But hardly anyone was amused when Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman termed the ongoing pandemic as an “act of God” to hide behind the absurdity to deny the states their legitimate goods and services tax (GST) dues.
When the joke gets real
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