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Covid-19 lockdown: How can government strike a balance?
Between the devil and the deep sea
09.04.20 - Markandey Katju & Dhruti Kapadia

The crucial question before the Indian Govt is whether the nationwide lockdown be ended after the three-week period announced on March 24 by the Prime Minister expires on April 14, or should it be continued thereafter?
 
This is the Catch-22 situation which the authorities in ...
  


Why is Prime Minister Modi behaving like Bigg Boss?
BIGG BOSS CHAHTE HAIN..
09.04.20 - VIPIN PUBBY


WHAT HAPPENED behind the scenes that culminated in India agreeing to send the consignment of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for which US President Trump had called prime minister Narendra Modi ? Was it actually a threat of retaliation or the chronology of events had jumbled ...
  


Nationalism is not the right framework for solving the global problems mankind faces: Jathedar,  Akal Takht
CORONAVIRUS AND AFTERWARDS
02.04.20 - Giani Harpreet Singh

Recently the acting Jathedar, Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Giani Harpreet Singh addressed the Sikh congregation. He mentioned how the Coronavirus is a major challenge for our times. He also stated that there is no need to criticise nationalism but it is clear that for the challenges ...
  


More than what meets the eye in Gogoi’s RS nomination
Judiciary and Politics
21.03.20 - VIPIN PUBBY


JUDICIARY IS certainly passing through one of its darkest phases in the country’s history. It had shown such temerity and compliance only during the internal emergency declared by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi. In some ways, perhaps, the conduct of some judges now is ...
  


Corona virus and Court Costs
19.03.20 - Markandey Katju & Aditya Manubarwala

In wake of the prevailing Novel Covid-19 situation in the country, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and several High Courts as well as Tribunals have issued circulars limiting hearings of cases to urgent matters only.

Recently, a learned Single Judge of the Bombay High Court ...
  


Congress on road to self destruction
HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF
11.03.20 - VIPIN PUBBY


THE GRAND OLD Party of India, the 135 year old Indian National Congress, appears to be on the path to self-destruction. Even the die-hard supporters of the party, which has ruled the country for 60 years, have begun to wonder if the party with its ...
  


Politics makes strange bedfellows
SCINDIA HOLDS KAMAL
11.03.20 - Markandey Katju


"Jeevan ka safar hai toolaani
  Yaan ikraani hai naadaani
  Jo shahsawaar maahir hain
  Woh raah badalte rehte hain"

It means:

 "Life’s journey is long
  To be consistent in it is a sign of immaturity
  The expert horse riders
  Keep changing their paths"

A huge political storm has been ...
  


Communal violence cases and tardy justice delivery system of India
HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF
07.03.20 - VIPIN PUBBY

THE RECENT riots in Delhi would remain a blot on the nation as the national capital faced avoidable violence for three days leaving nearly 50 people killed and several injured. The protest at Shaheen Bagh, which was allowed to continue for two months, was a ...
  


How should the Attorney General of India behave?
03.03.20 - Markandey Katju

 
The petitions challenging the detention of the Kashmiri leaders Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been fixed for hearing before the Supreme Court on 5th March. An important question in these cases is how should the Attorney General of India (or the Solicitor General of ...
  


Nowadays, In India Having A Muslim Name Is Dangerous
02.03.20 - Markandey Katju


I regret to say so but the truth is that nowadays having a Muslim name in India, like Tahir Hussain, is dangerous, being itself sufficient proof in the eyes of many of being guilty of a major crime like murder, rape, dacoity, arson, etc.

How else ...
  


Simple Maths And Lazy Politics
29.02.20 - Shams Kabir


Liberal support implies limited cohorts in support outside of urban agglomerations Therefore the AAP experiment to go national failed. Their support base was largely liberal.

Nationalism and soft-Hindutva obtains the majority vote in all states bar some. As a single cohort subscribing to any concrete ideology, ...
  


Delhi Tragedy: Who is to be blamed and how could it have been avoided?
DELHI RIOTS & POLICE
29.02.20 - Markandey Katju

The tragic violence in Delhi would never have happened if the Delhi police had acted in the manner the police is meant to act in a democracy, as described in the speech of Sir Robert Mark (quoted herein), that is, in a totally neutral, non ...
  


Approval to prosecution of Kanhaiya; Kejriwal is trying to be too clever by half
SEDITION CASE
29.02.20 - Markandey Katju

 
I am no supporter of Kanhaiya Kumar, rather, I have repeatedly called him, and his erstwhile colleagues in JNU, Delhi Shehla Rashid and Umar Khalid, empty headed demagogues.

Nevertheless, I do not believe he, or his colleagues, committed any crime on the JNU campus on 9th ...
  


Dinkar Gupta was not born when Sikhs made sacrifices, forged a compact with India: Barjinder Singh Hamdard
23.02.20 - Punjab Today Media Desk

CHANDIGARH: Coming down heavily on Punjab Police chief Dinkar Gupta, the influential mass circulation daily Ajit today castigated him for suspecting the entire Sikh community, and said he was following in the foot prints of his boss chief minister Amarinder Singh who had displayed poor ...
  


The Nirbhaya Case: Question Of Correct Identification
21.02.20 - Markandey Katju

 
The whole of India seems to be baying for the blood of the accused who have been found guilty in the Nirbhaya gang rape committed in December 2012 in Delhi, and are scheduled to be hanged on the morning of 20th March.

Ever since this heinous ...
  


Dr Kafeel Khan’s preventive detention order under NSA is illegal; should be struck down by court
Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par Woh Kahaan Hain?
15.02.20 - Markandey Katju

DR KAFEEL KHAN is a medical practitioner who did his MBBS and MD (Paediatrics) from the renowned Manipal Medical College, Karnataka, and thereafter served as a lecturer in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur. When several children died in 2017 in the Gorakhpur hospital attached to the ...
  


SC must order release of all detained Kashmiri leaders
IT'S VIOLATION OF THEIR CONSTITUIONAL RIGHTS
13.02.20 - Markandey Katju

OMAR ABDULLAH, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, has been in detention since August last year under the J&K Public Safety Act. I submit that every moment of his detention, as well as the detention of other Kashmiri leaders, has been a gross violation ...
  


HIGHER JUDICIARY
04.02.20 - Markandey Katju

WHEN former Chief Justice of India Deepak Mishra misbehaved in allocating jurisdiction in the Supreme Court, four senior-most judges, including Ranjan Gogoi, protested by holding an open press conference and speaking against Mishra.
 
But when Ranjan Gogoi (I refuse to call him ‘Justice’ as a ...
  


Why celebrate Republic Day when Cheer Haran has been done to our Constitution?
25.01.20 - Markandey Katju

January 26 is celebrated as Republic Day in India, but I have renamed it Cheer Haran (disrobing) Day. The truth is that the Constitution promulgated in 1950 has been flagrantly flouted and torn to shreds and has been rendered a scarecrow, hollow and empty, and ...
  


Is India truly a secular country?
WE THE PEOPLE
18.01.20 - Markandey Katju

The preamble to the Indian Constitution declares India to be a secular country, and Articles 25 to 30 are also that effect.

But what is the truth? The truth is that the Constitution is only a piece of paper, and the ground reality is that India ...
  



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