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  • 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

  • The flame of liberty, sacrifice and integrity

    The Chinese may well read considerable political significance in the report that 18,171 young Indians are studying in China against 18,015 in the United Kingdom. Informal interaction at this level might help to bridge the gulf in understanding that today separates Asia’s two major nations, aggravating memories of the territorial dispute that led to the 1962 war leaving behind a legacy of bitterness.

  • Meet the justices who knew too much

    June 22 will see a revolutionary Supreme Court judge demitting office. He is Justice Jasti Chelameswar, the senior most Supreme Court judge, who was sworn in on October 10, 2011 with the present Chief Justice of India (CJI), Dipak Misra who is younger than his next-in-command by 101 days, so that the CJI retires by exactly the same number of days, at the age of 65 years.

  • Welcome opening up of FDI

    The Government was slow in pushing economic reforms, believing in incrementalism when the gains could have been much greater had it undertaken these in a bold and decisive manner early on in its term. This is not to say that some of the most progressive reforms, vital for re-ordering the economic system in a transparent manner, have not taken place. They have.  The GST, the Real Estate Regulation Act, and the Insolvency

  • Multiple fault lines in Indian society

    The founding fathers of our Republic handed over to us a liberal and secular constitution that visualised making India a progressive democratic country, though they were aware of the inherent contradictions in a diverse, backward and traditionally unequal society, hoping that this ancient land would emerge as a modern state, serving as a model on governance for the rest of the world, neutralising the barriers of birth, caste and religion. And, after