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The Ayodhya verdict — Sanctifying aggression: Well done, My Lords!
MIGHT IS RIGHT
10.11.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

I SUBMIT that the recent Ayodhya verdict of the Supreme Court will go down in the annals of Indian legal history in the same category as its decision in ADM Jabalpur vs Shivakant Shukla, 1975, the only difference being that unlike the latter, in this ...
  


The Ayodhya Verdict: A Political Judgement?
AYODHYA, LAW, JUSTICE AND US
09.11.19 - Harcharan Bains

FIRST OF ALL, we all know that it is a "political judgement." In the present case, that does not necessarily mean that it is a bad judgement.

As facts stand, neither the Hindus nor the Muslims could prove their legitimate title claims on the land before ...
  


Would Kashmiris reconsider the demand for Azadi?
KASHMIRIS AND FREEDOM
07.11.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

Many Kashmiris demand azadi (independence) for Kashmir, and some non Kashmiris too e.g. some students of JNU etc who supported the demand. To examine the justification for this demand certain basic concepts need be cleared up.

The test of every political act or system is one, ...
  


Justice, like charity, must begin at home
LAWYERS VS POLICE
06.11.19 - VIPIN PUBBY


The recent clash between lawyers and policemen in the national capital and the subsequent merciless beating up of individual policemen and even litigants by unruly lawyers is not just a matter of shame but of serious concern.

Videos of a section of lawyers acting like goons ...
  


European MP's pleasure trip in locked down valley is questionable
GAIRON PE KARAM, APNON PE SITAM
02.11.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

 
THE CENTRAL government’s decision to allow visit of 27 members of the European Parliament visiting India to visit the Kashmir Valley has raised eyebrows and is a cause of concern particularly when Indian members of parliament have so far not been allowed to tour the ...
  


RSS Role in 1984 Sikh Massacre; What Nana Deshmukh wrote?
'CAUTIOUS WORDS OF SPIRITUAL EXPRESSION OF A WELL-WISHER'
31.10.19 - PROF SHAMSUL ISLAM

The Indian state is still searching for the criminals behind 1984 massacre of Sikhs even after elapsing more than three decades. This attitude proves once again that perpetrators of violence against minorities whether in case of Nellie massacre (1983), Sikh massacre (1984), massacre of Muslims ...
  


Teachings of Guru Nanak and Khalistan
550th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF GURU NANAK
30.10.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

The 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak is being observed worldwide.

In this connection I was invited by the Sikh community in the Bay Area (Silicon Valley) of California, USA to address them in a gurdwara in Milpitas (which is very near Fremont where I am ...
  


Aarti Tikoo Singh's speech before the US Congress
HUMAN RIGHTS IN KASHMIR
25.10.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

The Indian journalist Aarti Tikoo Singh was surely economical of the truth while speaking recently before the US Congress on Human Rights in South Asia. I have read her speech in detail. She has put the entire blame regarding the situation in Kashmir on Pakistan ...
  


Is the history of 1999 repeating itself?
POLITICAL SLUGFEST OVER 550th PARKASH PURB
20.10.19 - IP SINGH*

History does have a habit of repeating itself. And the slanging match between Punjab government and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) regarding the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak does take us back to 1999, when the one-upmanship game played during tercentenary of ...
  


'Gau Mata' and the beef issue
17.10.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

 
I was really not inclined to discuss this issue again. I was not so inclined because I have already spoken and written a lot on it, and am now fed up trying to educate asinine blockheads who unfortunately are the vast majority in India, and ...
  


Questions Galore: A police raid on a drug peddler, and our role in bloodshed
"Notorious Drug Peddler Kinda"
11.10.19 - S Pal

"Yaar, samajh nahi aunda police di support kariye ke lokan di? Police utte hamle vee galat hun, par police ne vee treeka theek nahi apnaiya."

On a number of social media platforms, including WhatsApp groups and Facebook pages, several well-meaning activists and concerned citizens, taken aback ...
  


Voices of dissent under attack in India
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
10.10.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

Right to free speech is one of our most important fundamental rights and we are justifiably proud of it. An independent media is a corollary of this fundamental right even though there is no separate provision for freedom of the press.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi ...
  


How would have Mahatma Gandhi reacted?
FATHER OF NATION VS FATHER OF INDIA
04.10.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

United States president Donald Trump recently shocked everyone by calling prime minister Narendra Modi as Father of India. Trump can be pardoned for his poor knowledge of the history of India and the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the freedom struggle which earned him the ...
  


KASHMIR — Human beings, citizens, people or Homo Sacers Living A Bare Life?
UNDERSTANDING WHY IT IS DONE?
18.09.19 - Swarajbir

A recent article by Dr Swarajbir, Editor, Punjabi Tribune, and one of the leading influential voices of our times in this region, has caught the imagination of the larger intellectual world. A number of our readers who have an equal felicity with the English language ...
  


Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere
WHY THE OUTCOME OF THE LYNCHING CASE MUST CONCERN US ALL
14.09.19 - HARSH MANDER

 
Freedom is indivisible. "The chains on any one of my people,” Nelson Mandela reminded us, "were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.”

There are many things that trouble me about India today. One is ...
  


A Gateway to Friendship Must Stay Open
07.09.19 - Saba Pervaiz Kiyani

Through time and through histories, when a legend of love erupts, tales or emotions make it clear that those is love usually disregard religious and social restrictions. When these tales fail, the lovers abandon their amorous intentions because of religious and social pressures. When these ...
  


Saving lives more important through stiff measures than stray cases of corruption
INCREASED TRAFFIC FINES
06.09.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

India is among the leading countries as far as the number of road accidents and deaths are concerned. About 1.50 lakh lives are lost every year in the country in road accidents. In other words one road accident takes place every minute and one person ...
  


A long due and welcome step
APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF
22.08.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

The announcement by prime minister Narendra Modi that the country would have a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is a long due and welcome step. This had been the need of defence forces since long and is in keeping with the requirements of modern warfare.

Most ...
  


It is more good than bad for the Congress
SONIA GANDHI RETURNS TO LEAD
14.08.19 - Pushkar Banakar

It is more good than bad for the Congress with Sonia Gandhi coming back at the helm of party affairs. Her appointment was pivotal at this juncture to unify the party. With some big names including the likes of Karan Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora, ...
  


This year too the Chinar will turn Red
PUNJAB & KASHMIR - PAST & PRESENT
13.08.19 - Saba Pervaiz Kiyani

AFTER THE PARTITION of India and Pakistan, the unresolved fate of princely state of Jammu and Kashmir aggravated the situation between the two nations, and they went into an undeclared war with each other. After India took the case to the United Nations, the international ...
  



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