The writer, a lawyer and Congress leader, is a former Union minister. Views are personal
If this CBI court verdict had come a week ago, before the elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, it would have had a huge impact and seen a different government come to power in those states.
India is a melting pot of diverse faiths, cultures, languages, and ethnicities. It does not require the “Shamshan Aur Kabristan“ kind of nonsense.
The Bharat-India cleavage has widened to an unprecedented degree. The disconnect between ground narrative and public discourse is nothing short of hallucinatory.
India-China standoff: To the exclusion of its territorial disputes with India and Bhutan, China has settled all its other land boundary disputes. In contrast, it has resolved none of its maritime border disputes, with the honorable exception of the Gulf of Tonkin dispute with Vietnam.
Air India’s whole package is worth over 5 lakh crores and not Rs 20,000 odd crores the government wants to hawk it off for. The hungry vultures of privatisation have been salivating over it for two decades now
Among the most wanted stone pelter in the Valley is a seven-year-old. If the average age of stone-pelters in J&K is from 7-17 years, the Indian state is sitting on a volcano that is belching lava.
The prime minister is headed to a dysfunctional US capital, but it is the divergences on both Pakistan and China – in Afghanistan and the Indian Ocean -- that will define the outcome of his meeting with the US president
Perhaps India should carefully look at the 45 sacrosant words in the First Amendment of the US Constitution which protect the right to free speech, religion, press, assembly and petition
The continuous legal saga around the Babri Masjid demolition will serve no other purpose but resurrect old ghouls and buried phantoms
It’s clear that in our constitutional scheme of things, the principal preserver, protector and defender of the Constitution is the President, not the chief justice of the Supreme Court and much less the prime minister.
The fact remains that the only constant in the march of the human civilization is change.
India’s objection to CPEC is extremely valid, but the moot point remains that we were not able to carry any of the big powers on the vital question of Westphalian sovereignty.
A varied electoral cycle for national and state legislatures and local bodies acts as a check against demagoguery and oligarchy
It has no constitutional mandate to make its own policy prescriptions and then utilise them to compute notional loss or gain
The jury is still out on where the median on freedom of thought and expression lies
Its not just the NCTC we need to provide a statutory basis and oversight mechanisms for all our intelligence agencies
If the executive is undermined further,it will prove disastrous
Dont underestimate street power. History shows it can undermine functional democracies.
Instead of fixing arbitrary limits on election spending,we should try to make private funding legitimate and accountable.
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