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  • Olav Albuquerque, Religion, Gender Neutrality, mockery, God, God's name, caste, nirvana

    Religion makes a mockery of gender neutrality

    Man created God in his own image to subjugate women and others whom he classified as inferior. He stratified society into castes and classes in God’s name, to create a monopolistic industry again in God’s name, to ensure a few women surrendered their bodies and souls to their gurus to achieve nirvana — sometimes fulfilled…

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  • Now, Ranjan Gogoi has to tolerate ‘noisy judges’

    There is nothing in common between the 46th Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi with his retired brother judge Markandey Katju from Allahabad and an allegedly “eccentric” Justice Chinnaswamy Swaminathan Karnan from Madras except that the latter two judges were issued contempt notices by Supreme Court benches of which the incoming  CJI was a…

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  • Section 377 verdict opens pandora’s box

    India today joined 17 Commonwealth nations that legalized gay sex between consenting adults in private, so that coitus between two adults, whether male, female or somewhere in between, is no longer a crime. In a landmark decision, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court unanimously declared that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code “in…

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  • When law and order become a calamity

    The prophetic words of Justice Jasti Chelameswar on January 12 this year that democracy was in danger appear to be true with the arrests of five activists based on a first information report (FIR) filed in January against members of the Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) — a cultural group which was long under the police…

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    Judges will show what they want to

    Although India is on the verge of a judicial revolution with the Supreme Court on the anvil of allowing live-streaming of its proceedings, it is the judges who will decide what the public is permitted to see. This is because the dictum followed by democratic countries all over the world is that justice is delivered…

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  • Goats in courts: BMC doesn’t find them funny

    Throughout 156 years of its hoary existence, the Bombay high court was never faced with a situation where the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) allowed a lawyer to slaughter four goats inside the court room of the chief justice. Hence, the petitioners who wanted a ban on slaughter of goats and sheep outside the licensed abattoir…

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  • Death penalty for child rapists must stay

    The Supreme Court has rightly upheld the death penalty because India cannot furnish free shelter, food and education to child rapists, terrorists and dissolute murderers. They must be sent to meet their Maker who alone knows why some human beings were born notwithstanding the United Nations insisting that the death penalty should be gradually reduced…

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    Government wants last word on judges

    The BJP government has sent a message to the judiciary that by securing an absolute mandate from the people, it has the right to decide who will enter the Supreme Court. So, by denying Uttarakhand chief justice K M Joseph his rightful seniority, the Modi government has emulated late prime minister Indira Gandhi who allegedly…

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  • Defrock ‘bad’ priests, leave beliefs alone

    Religion, sex and law make a heady cocktail because law is used to regulate both religion and sex. So, when some renegade priests are accused of rape, our netas may not know enough of the law to realise they are violating it by attacking venerable religious beliefs rather than renegade predator-priests who violate their sacred…

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  • Cows, humans enjoy the same right to life

    Mob lynchings and judicial independence seem inter-related because 97 per cent of lynchings took place after Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister of India, and 86 per cent of those lynched were Muslims. Significantly, home minister Rajnath Singh has been compelled to agree to an anti-lynching law only after the opposition stormed the…

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  • ulhasnagar property forgery case, supreme court, SC, Ulhasnagar, mumbai

    Morality vs law vs liberal judges

    Changing times transform morality which, in turn, changes the law; so what was immoral a decade ago is perfectly moral today. This is why the Supreme Court may decriminalise consensual sex between two or more consenting men in private because while those guilty of sodomy were to be burnt alive in 1209, today, the right…

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  • Judges’ assets: Nothing but the full truth

    The judiciary is the third pillar of democracy so that judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts have to declare their assets after being sworn-in.  If the executive which includes the president, the prime minister and his council of ministers publicly declare their assets each year, there is no cogent reason why…

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