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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 ...
  


The mindsets of Kashmiri Pandits
10.10.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU

A few days back I had written an article 'An appeal to my Kashmiri brothers and sisters' which was published online. In this article I mentioned that the restrictions in Kashmir for over 60 days after abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on 5th ...
  


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 ...
  


Dump the infiltrators into the sea
THE NRC BEELINE
04.10.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU

Ever since the NRC (National Register of Citizens) was started in Assam, all states suddenly seem to be vying for it. Whether it is West Bengal, Haryana, Delhi, Karnataka, UP–everyone is rushing and making a beeline and mad scramble for it.

I too am in favor ...
  


The Storm Ahead
FAILURE OF THE STATE INSTITUTIONS
30.09.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU

"Hai maujazan ek kulzum-e-khoon, kaash yahi ho
Aata hai abhi dekhiye, kya kya merey aage"
 
(A turbulent sea of blood is before me
But see what is coming ahead)
                            - Mirza Ghalib
 
I am in the ...
  


India's Vietnam syndrome
KASHMIR CONFLICT
29.09.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU

A time comes to speak the truth, and I suppose that time has come and it is I who will have to bell the cat. So here it is:

Kashmir will soon become what Vietnam was for the French and the Americans, Afghanistan for the Russians, ...
  


Wake up India, Dark Days Ahead!
24.09.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU

SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED in India which reminds me of what happened in Germany during the Nazi era.

After Hitler took power in January 1933 almost the whole of Germany went mad, people shouting ‘ Heil Hitler‘,  ‘Sieg Heil ‘, ‘Juden Verecke‘, and adoring that madman like ...
  


The Indian Supreme Court on trial
THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO LIFE & LIBERTY
20.09.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU


The most important case going on in India today is not the Babri Masjid/ Ram Mandir dispute but the trial of the Indian Supreme Court by the people of India. And a litmus test in this trial will be the behaviour of the Court in ...
  


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 ...
  



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