OPINION
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 ...
  


The monologue must end
BAS KARO AB 'MANN KI BAAT'
15.01.20 - VIPIN PUBBY

SPEAKING AT THE 50th anniversary of South India’s Tughlak magazine this week, Prime minister Narendra Modi said that he believed that there are two essential reasons "that our great civilisation has prospered. The first is India’s celebration of harmony, diversity and brotherhood. The second reason ...
  


How the judiciary has largely surrendered before the political executive?
SUPREME COURT & INJUSTICE
09.01.20 - Markandey Katju and Janhvi Prakash

Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting

These words, from the Bible ( Daniel : 5 : 27), were used by Sir Winston Churchill in 1938 to criticise Neville Chamberlain, the then British Prime Minister, for signing the shameful Munich Pact with Hitler, and ...
  


Is there a method in this madness?
POLITICS 2020
09.01.20 - VIPIN PUBBY


India’s image as a fast growing world power and one of the flag bearers of democracy has taken a serious hit with a series of incidents in the recent past which have shown the country in poor light. The country is hurtling from one crisis ...
  


Blood At JNU – Devouring of the flowers
07.01.20 - Swarajbir

WHAT HAPPENED at the JNU will forever remain a blot in the history of India's democracy as also of its centres of higher education. 
 
Punjabi Tribune Editor, Dr Swarajbir, in his editorial comment on the development, has recalled Pablo Neruda’s "I’m Explaining a Few Things,” the ...
  


PM Modi, the product of violent student movement, decries
THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK
03.01.20 - Mani Shankar Aiyar

IT TAKES some chutzpah for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to proclaim his horror of violence in student demonstrations and "anarchy” on the streets directed at a duly elected government when he himself was the product of one of the most violent student protests known to ...
  


Why Punjab is opposing CAA and the NRC
30.12.19 - Rajeev Khanna

THE DISTRUST for the Centre is such in Punjab that a large section of Punjabis have been sporting stickers and even number plates in Gurmukhi on their vehicles. While this was to oppose the slogan of ‘one nation-one language’, the average Punjabi was vociferous in ...
  


Hindus and Indians: Why this conflict?
NATIONALISM VS SECULARISM
27.12.19 - Harcharan Bains

FORGET ABOUT ALL Indians being Hindus, not even all Hindus are Indians.
 
There are over 3.3 million Hindus in Pakistan who are as loyal to their country as the Muslims there. They have have had Hindus as legislators, MPs, even federal ministers who are as ...
  


Arrogance of power has its limits
JHARKHAND JHATKA
25.12.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

MOST YOUNG readers may not recall an infamous slogan coined by former Congress president Dev Kant Barua during the emergency when the then prime minister Indira Gandhi was at the peak of power. He had declared that "India is Indira and Indira is India”.

Indira Gandhi ...

  


For all its failures, BJP has found a scapegoat in the Indian Muslims
CAA & NRC
18.12.19 - Markandey Katju

I regret to say this, but I must speak the truth: bad days are coming for the 200 million Indian Muslims (see my article ‘Wake up India, Dark Days Ahead!’)

Consider the facts:

1. About 80% of the Indian population is Hindu, and most Indian Hindus have ...
  


Who Are The Real Termites Eating Up India?
NRC, CAB & THE CONSTITUTION
11.12.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

HOME MINISTER Amit Shah has called Bangladeshi immigrants ’deemak‘ or termites.
 
However, in my opinion it is the BJP which is the real deemak eating up the country by its policy of spreading communal hatred, polarizing society, oppressing and terrorizing minorities, suppressing democracy and neo-fascist ...
  


Killing of Suspects is Not Justice, It's a Crime
AGE OF VENGEANCE
07.12.19 - CHARU SONI

IN THE early hours of Friday, at 3 am to be precise, the Telangana police killed four suspects in the Hyderabad rape-murder case. The killing took place at Chattapally, where the body of the victim was burnt on 27 November.
 
The police claim they went ...
  


Public outcry and brouhaha won't solve the problem of violence against women
DEMANDING LYNCHING OF RAPISTS?
03.12.19 - Markandey Katju

THE RECENT brutal rape-cum-murder of Dr Priyanka Reddy, the young veterinary doctor of Hyderabad, has shocked the whole of India, and there have been loud demands for death sentence of the culprits, one Member of the Indian Parliament even demanding lynching of rapists.

The UN General ...
  


Does the higher judiciary have the necessary resilience to bounce back?
AFTER JUSTICE RANAJAN GOGOI'S RETIREMENT
21.11.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

JUSTICE RANJAN GOGOI, who laid down the office of the Chief Justice of india, has left a controversial legacy that has dented the institutional credibility of Supreme Court and has raised questions that have remain unanswered. Several of his actions and the procedures adopted by ...
  


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 ...
  



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