Seema Chishti

Consulting Editor

Supreme Court crisis: Four judges have a plan for CJI Dipak Misra to reform roster, two more join them at meeting
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

The proposal, expected to be handed over to the CJI Thursday, deals with formalising a “rational, orderly and transparent system” to allocate cases to different benches of the Supreme Court.

How the complaint by four Supreme Court judges goes beyond the judicial sphere
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

What makes top Supreme Court judges expressing dissatisfaction with procedures, including how vital cases are being allocated, a key moment.

Three Supreme Court judges help CJI, four dissenters meet but fail to break the ice, another round today
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Last Friday, Justices Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Joseph called a press conference to question the conduct of the CJI, especially on allocation of cases.

Supreme Court crisis: Back to work but not back to business as usual
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

The Indian Express has learnt that the CJI is not considering the suggestion of convening a full court of all judges of the Supreme Court, and has also not notified any meeting of the collegium so far.

Business as usual in Supreme Court today, no move by CJI Dipak Misra so far to reach out to the four Justices
Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Supreme Court crisis: One of the key points raised by the Justices was the “selective” allocation of cases by the CJI. Calling out the impropriety of the rostering by the Chief Justice didn’t amount to going on a strike, the sources said.

Untouchability high in urban UP and Rajasthan, even Delhi: Survey
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

According to the survey, 50 per cent of respondents in urban Rajasthan admitted to practising untouchability as did 48 per cent of respondents in urban UP and even 39 per cent of Delhi.

No need to re-open Mahatma Gandhi assassination case: Amicus to Supreme Court
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

The amicus curiae, rejecting the contention that the conspiracy to kill Gandhi was by a person other than Nathuram Godse, has detailed aspects of the conspiracy and how it followed an unsuccessful attack on January 20, 1948.

Mahatma Gandhi assassination case: Amicus curiae files report, says no need to reinvestigate
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated 70 years ago on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse and two persons (including Godse) were hanged for their role in the murder.

Electoral Bonds: How they’ll work, how ‘transparent’ they’ll really be
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

The Indian Express outlines the new scheme, recalls past attempts at election funding reform in India.

Is there a ‘new Gujarat model’ for the Congress and Opposition unity?
Mon, Dec 18, 2017

The decline in number of seats won in Gujarat by the BJP, despite the aggressive campaign of a popular PM Modi, a Gujarati and a son of the soil president in Amit Shah, is another cause of concern for it.

Meghalaya launches India’s first social audit law 
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

The legislation — applicable to 11 departments and 21 schemes — was passed on April 4, and was followed by pilot social audits for 26 schemes in 18 villages of the northeastern state.

How different was that sundown, 25 years ago, in Ayodhya
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Ayodhya dispute: Since December 6, 1992, ‘chhut-put’ sounds have always conveyed a sense of old stone being ground down.

Should hear demolition case first, then title suit: Ayodhya probe judge Liberhan
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

Justice Manmohan Singh Liberhan's remarks come days before the Supreme Court starts final hearings in the title suit case from December 5.

Gujarat Model, AWOL
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

It is missing from the BJP’s campaign for the state. What might replace it?

FIRs on ‘obscenity’ rising, Section 67 is new 66A, warn experts
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Acting as umbrella under which online acts of obscenity can be prosecuted, cases filed under Sector 67 is on the rise, according to figures collated since 2002.

Shyam Benegal on Padmavati controversy: Will the government remain a mute spectator?
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

Filmmaker Shyam Benegal shared his view on the current Padmavati controversy and how to treat history on the big screen. He remembered the time when Shiv Sena had problems with his film Bharat Ek Khoj.

Triple talaq: Govt plans to make practice a punishable offence, likely to table Bill in winter session
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Sources said recurrent reports of triple talaq continuing in Muslim society despite the Supreme Court judgment spurred the decision to bring in a law with punitive measures

Padmavati controversy: Isn’t it the government’s job to prevent threats to filmmakers, asks Shyam Benegal
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Veteran director Shyam Benegal, who has been put in charge of drafting new guidelines for CBFC, hits out at the government’s failure to act against those threatening and intimidating Padmavati’s director and actors.

Kunwar Narayan (1927-2017): Among the last of the doyens in Hindi literature
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

He won a series of awards including the Vyas Samman, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Jnanpith. He was awarded a Padma Bhushan in 2009.

Between the Folds
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Amidst outrage over boxing the sari as a symbol of Hindutva, a look at its many definitions in the country.

October Revolution 100 years later: are there any lessons?
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

The Russian Revolution took place exactly a hundred years ago — November 6, 1917. While the country it created, the USSR, has since broken up, historian Irfan Habib of AMU tells Seema Chishti there are lessons in the revolution’s legacy.

Eminent Citizens write to the Committee of Experts on Data Protection Framework
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

Now, 22 eminent citizens, including a former Chief Justice of a high court, a former CIC, senior advocates, and petitioners in the privacy matter have written to the committee, expressing their discomfiture at the composition of the committee.

We must not glorify ancient India… but learn from it: Historian Upinder Singh
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

Historian Upinder Singh speaks on why thinkers in India have for centuries engaged with the problem of violence, the limits of the ancient tradition of debate and her new book.

Drafting change: What the new ‘progressive’ intervention in Uniform Civil Code debate entails
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

The Indian Express explains the background of the Uniform Civil Code debate, and the significance of the citizens’ intervention

Uniform Civil Code draft handed over to law panel chief
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Eight eminent citizens, including scholars, a retired senior Army officer, two Magsaysay award winners, writers, classical singer and a legal luminary have lent their weight to the draft.

Jayaprakash Narayan: Reluctant messiah of a turbulent time
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Jayaprakash Narayan would have been 115 today. In an India that is very different, but is dominated once again by a single political force, what is the significance of his righteous but, in the long term, unworkable, message?

Prescription post Section 66A: ‘Change law to punish hate speech online’
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Brought into the statute by the UPA-II in 2009, Section 66A had empowered the police to make arrests over what the policemen, in terms of their subjective discretion, could construe as “offensive” or “menacing”.

Those Independent UP Girls
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

And how the police action against them serves a larger political and social goal

The Urdu Press: Gauri’s murder
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Inquilab, on September 10, writes: “A large section of the media, if not the entire media, has been terrified by this murder. But some sycophants, in the garb of being journalists, are detached from this situation and were busy finding a rationale for the murder".

Across faiths, personal laws debated in courts and Parliament
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that instant triple talaq illegal, the question has been so frequently discussed, in fact, that it would appear as if Muslim law is the only such personal law that, despite being at variance with other Constitutional laws, is accorded "protection".

On the Shores of Time: Mezquita-Catedral in Cordoba offers a multi-layered way of seeing the world
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba in Spain offers a peek into a past where civilisations cleaved and coalesced in equal measures. It offers multi-layered way of seeing the world -- Visigoth, Roman, Byzantine, Caliphate, Arab, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, all under one roof.

Gauri Lankesh murder: The enemy within
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

The murder of Gauri Lankesh, which followed the murders of Rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and Prof MM Kalburgi, is a signal that dissent won't be tolerated in the world’s largest democracy

Simply put: Over the years, major questions on institutions of minority education
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

The government has decided it does not agree that Jamia is a ‘minority’ institution. Why has a constitutionally given right caused prolonged conflict? The Indian Express explains

Why memory
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Hindutvavadis saw Gandhi’s eclecticism and abhorrence of the two-nation theory as a threat to their ideas. The communal hate fuelled by Partition and the quick turn of events between August 1947 and January 1948 created an enabling climate for them to kill Gandhi.

Right to Privacy: ‘My priority is to balance competing interests’, says Data panel chief
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The apex court on Thursday called on the government “to examine and put into place a robust regime for data protection”.

Right to Privacy: ‘Verdict ensures everyone is born and dies with this right’
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

"This historic, unanimous judgment was triggered by the preposterous claim by the government that the “right to privacy” was not a fundamental right."