OPINION
'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 ...
  


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 ...
  


The truth about transfer of Madras HC chief justice Tahilramani
IS IT FAIR TO BLAME SC COLLEGIUM?
14.09.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU

Since I had been chief justice of the Madras High Court (2004-2005), I have always been keenly concerned about the functioning of that court and keep myself informed of developments there.

Recently, I came to know that the chief justice of the Madras High Court, Vijaya ...
  


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 ...
  


6 things Pakistan and India can do instead of fighting
BULLETS CAN'T BRING PEACE
01.08.19 - Talha Ahmed

They live side-by-side. They started off their journey together. They share history and in some instances much the same culture. They know it and the world knows all the good that they can do so simply by standing together.

Still, it appears that Pakistan and India ...
  


That is the way to exit...
AND THE GAME IS OVER
20.07.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

Cricketer turned politician Navjot Sidhu, who has a knack to remain in the headlines, appears to have cut more than he could chew in his latest spat with chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

By remaining adamant on not taking charge of his new portfolio as Power ...
  



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