Here are five Express stories that you must read before starting your day.
Sweeping change over 5 yrs: New panel to select 68% of judges in SC, 80% in all HCs
The National Judicial Appointments Commission brought in by the NDA government could be appointing 21 judges to the Supreme Court during Narendra Modi’s tenure. That makes up 68 per cent of the total strength of 31 judges in the apex court. Given the corresponding 759 possible vacancies that may arise in the 24 high courts across the country till May 2019, the new NJAC could be involved in selection of 80 per cent of those judges, including chief justices of almost all the high courts, over five years. Read more
Why a tie-up can work for Mulayam but not for Maya
In a state where the BJP has relegated every other party to the sidelines, the BSP is as much on the back foot as the Samajwadi Party. From the way they have responded to Lalu Yadav’s suggestion that they tie up, however, Mayawati clearly reads her situation in Uttar Pradesh as less desperate than Mulayam Singh Yadav’s. Having tied up with Nitish Kumar in Bihar, Lalu had suggested Mulayam and Mayawati do the same in UP. Read more
6 times more ‘Puranas’ in hand, RSS puts 100 on job for new history
As part of grand preparations for its centenary in 2025, the RSS is working on writing a version of Indian history based on the Puranas. The 10-year project has been dubbed ‘Puranantargat Itihaas’. The Sangh is also planning to put together the history of each one of the over 670 districts in the country, as well as the history of the over 600 tribal communities in India. An organisation linked to the RSS, the Akhil Bharatiya Itihaas Sankalan Yojna (ABISY), has arranged a workshop for over 100 historians in Palampur (Banaskantha, Gujarat) on August 22-24 for its Puranantargat Itihaas project. Read more
Opinion: 67 years young
Soon after India got freedom, we made a new beginning. We chose democracy as the way forward. New institutions were created and nurtured — Parliament, the Election Commission, the Supreme Court, the Planning Commission and others. The country has indeed made phenomenal progress. It has become a major military, industrial and economic power, an IT superpower and a space giant eyeing the moon and Mars. As I write this article on the eve of Independence Day, I have great expectations that the prime minister’s address will touch upon some of the following issues. Read more
‘Will you quit, MS?’ ‘Didn’t you ask me the same Q in 2011?’
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At Tri Nagar, Smriti Irani centered her speech around Modi, with over 10 references in 11-minute extempore.