Collegium - Prey to Judges

The Collegium has recommended names of Chief Justice of Karnataka, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Chief Justice of Delhi, Justice Sanjiv Khanna for elevation to the Supreme Court who are junior to Justices Rajendra Menon and Pradeep Nandrajog. There are no parameters available in public domain indicating as to how this elevation of judges to the Apex Court is assessed by the Collegium. The entire process is whimsical, random and highly arbitrary.

January 18,2019

Environment & Labour Rights

Government continues negligence and apathy

A country which has the fourth largest reserves in the world, mining industry which contributes 2.5% to the GDP, it is disheartening to see that this incident not just brings out the disregard for Human Rights and Labour Rights but is also a proof of the severe apathy on part of both the Central Government and the State Government

January 18,2019


Why was Alok Verma not heard by HPC?

The task before the selection committee was to examine the suitability of Alok Verma to continue as the CBI Director. And, one critical ingredient that just had to form part of its decision was the say of the CBI Director himself. It was impermissible in law for the selection committee to dispense with the say of the CBI Director, in the familiar facts of this case.

January 15,2019

Law and Religion

Sabarimala: One of the constitutionally strongest verdicts of our times

Anyone who had the slightest of doubts regarding the findings of Justice Chandrachud about the form of untouchability at Sabarimala, the notions of purity and pollution, must be clear of all such doubts after the ‘purification ceremony’ by the Thantri, that reiterates the deep gender bias, the form of untouchability at Sabarimala.  

January 14,2019


Reservation for upper castes a political gimmick

There is little doubt that the quota gamble will backfire as the OBCs and Dalits are turning against Modi and BJP. It is an irony that while the government is offering reservation to upper castes, it has not taken a decision on quotas in promotion. Modi is desperate to win over the upper caste people by offering quota, but has he cleared the backlog for reservation? What about the vacancies at the Centre?

January 11,2019

Environment & Labour Rights

Trapped in a rat-hole

Because the powers that be usually turn a blind eye to illegal mining, for the safety enforcement authorities such mines do not exist. There is no question of enforcing any safety standards in them. For instance, on the official website of the Director General of Mining Safety there is not a single reference to rat-hole mining or the Meghalaya tragedy. Such indifference is a greater tragedy that could pave the way for many more Meghalaya-like tragedies.

January 11,2019


SC verdict in Alok Verma case: No embargo on probes

Doing investigation and registering preliminary enquiry into corruption cases or otherwise is a routine matter for the CBI and for that any other investigating agency. It is neither a fresh initiative, nor a policy decision that may or may not have institutional implications. Further, the policy decision with regard to CBI is taken with the consultation of Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) which is the nodal ministry for the CBI.

January 8,2019


Modi government’s worst legacy

Outlandish claims which were presented at one of the annual science congresses which made the Nobel laureate Venkataraman Ramakrishnan describe the conclaves as a “circus”, vowing never to attend them again. The latest Science Congress has seen similar embarrassing claims such as that the gravitational waves will soon be renamed as Narendra Modi waves and that the gravitational lensing effect will become known as the Harsh Vardhan effect.

January 7,2019


It’s time for anyone but Modi

Recent interview of PM Modi with ANI has once again proved that he is no visionary. Nor did he say anything reassuring for poor farmer and unemployed youth. He tried to paint a rosy picture by projecting data with one-sided interpretation. He came out as a spokesperson for the party rather than as the prime minister of this great nation. His refusal to take responsibility for the recent electoral losses also puts him in poor light. 

January 7,2019

The First-Person Account

Rubabuddin’s former lawyers on how the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case unfolded

Despite our experience with sensitive cases relating to custodial deaths, encounter and riot cases, atrocities committed by police officers and sometimes, the majority community, we were ill-prepared for the blatant and unprecedented hostility we faced in this particular matter. We were intimidated within court premises, but could not seek any recourse for the same. We had strong reason to believe that our client, Rubabuddin, was compelled to make certain decisions for the case under duress.

Global Eye

New year augurs well for the Global Left

And the leftward shift in Europe is no electoral capriciousness or mere fickle-minded mood swing of the electorate. Rather, they are firmly rooted in the material conditions of austerity, not only in Europe but even to some extent in America. Ten years of austerity as a result of the Eurozone crisis has left the population reeling. Japan has been sinking under the weight of austerity for more than a decade.

January 3,2019

Democracy and Rule of Law

India’s crisis of democracy

Those of us who are taken in by the idea of minimum qualifications must recognise that it is a slippery slope, the next milestone of which is to deny illiterate the right to vote, the next those of a certain religion, caste, gender etc. This is no different from denying people the right to access a village well.

January 2,2019

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