Free Press Journal
  • Supreme Court Crisis: Forgive and forget, Chelameswar and Co.

    The crisis in the Supreme Court triggered by the unprecedented press conference by the four senior-most judges last Friday continues. Contrary to earlier reports, no less than the Attorney General K K Venugopal has publicly stated that it is unresolved. The same impression was given by the head of the Supreme Court Bar Association. Meanwhile, the judges, including the four recalcitrant ones, have resumed normal work. Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan

  • Supreme Court Crisis: Judging the judges

    The unprecedented turmoil in the Supreme Court in the wake of the four senior most judges taking exception to CJI Dipak Misra’s style of functioning last Friday continues to fester and has not been resolved so far, Attorney General K K Venugopal acknowledged Tuesday.

  • Dalits raring to go

    A century after the Indian National Congress formally condemned untouchability and 68 years after the Constitution mandated affirmative action, India is still wrestling with The Dalit Question. Social tensions, such as the face-off between the Marathas and Mahars (two centuries after Bhima-Koregaon) continue to disrupt ‘samajik samrasta’. As every Indian acknowledges, social parity is still very much a work in progress.

  • The Supreme Chaos of India

    Should we draw comfort from the fact that in the past too, serious assaults have been attempted and made on the Supreme Court by the executive, Indira Gandhi’s government to be precise, and the institution has survived, perhaps even revitalised itself to become more independent than before? It’s worth reminding ourselves of those swipes at the SC by a power mad ruling party which only paid lip service to democracy and brooked

  • Indo-Israel ties offer immense gains

    In the early decades of the Republic, Israel was a pariah as far as official India was concerned. There were no diplomatic contacts, the non-aligned India during the Cold War was openly hostile towards Israel and openly supportive of the Palestine cause. Left-liberal ideology that informed the conduct of Indian foreign policy sanctioned no-truck with Israel.

  • Not an easy ride ahead for Modi, BJP

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the most interesting politicians of our times. He is oratorical, disruptive, melodramatic and rhetorical. He believes in radical actions. Modi is also a leader who is more popular than his party. His support base comes from the upper caste, middle class and urban voters. Modi polls high approval ratings in most polls, though the polls may not be entirely reliable or scientific enough. But the fact remains

  • Yashwant Sinha, indian economy

    Aggressive promotion of economy

    In the penultimate day of the all-too-brief Winter Session of Parliament, there was a brief but interesting discussion on the economy in the Rajya Sabha. Anyone who heard that debate, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s very erudite reply, would have been struck by the two very different accounts of where stands today.

  • When the judges assault judiciary

    At the outset, let us be clear that we suffer from no illusion that the judiciary, higher or lower, is an island of excellence whereas all around it are institutions which have strayed away from the ideal. To get a correct perspective on the most regrettable defiance of the established canons of behavior by the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, you will have to disabuse your mind of the lingering

  • FDI decision: ‘Make in India’ gets another boost

    What was happening, not happening for the last three years has finally happened and the Narendra Modi Government announced its decision to allow 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in single brand outlets. Going by the recent mood of the government, it was vivid that the new wave move in the direction of liberalisation would soon take a proper shape. Even worst critics of Modi and the BJP Government would agree

  • My Lords, the whistle-blowers

    It is wrong to regard a country’s constitution as an inert document, the renowned constitutional expert S C Kashyap once wrote. A constitution is a living organism of functioning institutions. Every constitution gets meaning and content only from the manner in which and the people by whom it is operated, the effects it acquires from how it is interpreted by the courts and the conventions and practices that grow around it in

  • Supreme Court Judges Press Conference: Revolt sets a bad precedent

    The manner in which four senior judges of the Supreme Court – Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Bhimrao Lokur and Kurian Joseph – revolted against the administration of the apex court, principally Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and held a media conference to go public with their complaints has no parallel in post-independence Indian judicial history. For a start, the judges could well have gone to the Union Law Minister or taken