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Soli J. Sorabjee

The writer is a former attorney general of India.

What we need to guard
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Fundamental rights are no gifts of the state, the Constitution only confirms their existence.

A duty of tolerance
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Intolerance has a chilling effect on freedom of thought and discussion. It places democracy under siege.

Sedition law cannot be used against honest views, expressed peacefully
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

It is the need of the hour to contain the forces of bigotry and intolerance which pose a grave threat to our democratic secular republic.

A Merry Court
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

The temples of justice are also home to moments of laughter.

A Rule Of Law Culture
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Rule of law must become a part of people’s everyday lives if it is to be safeguarded .

Taking terror to task
Mon, Oct 27, 2014

Pakistan must stop offering specious alibis against prosecuting Hafiz Saeed.

On governors, go by reason not whim
Fri, May 23, 2014

In the past, the court has asked the government to show a compelling cause for removing a governor.

For the butcher,baker and dance bar girl
Sat, Jul 20, 2013

The SC’s judgment on Mumbai’s dance bars does well to refuse to countenance the specious distinction between different classes of performers and audiences

An overdue cleansing has begun
Fri, Jul 12, 2013

The Supreme Court has delivered a sterling judgment on convicted legislators. It could have gone further

Shocking bureaucratic bungling
Sun, May 05, 2013

The recent judgment of the Supreme Court which commuted the death sentence of the Assam murder convict Mahendra Nath Das

A brave judge
Thu, Apr 25, 2013

Justice Verma possessed that rare and lonely virtue: courage

Ominous nuclear portents
Sun, Apr 07, 2013

The people of North Korea are suffering from acute economic deprivations and related ills

Supreme Court judgment in 1993 Bombay blasts
Sun, Mar 24, 2013

Understandably,family members,friends and admirers of Sanjay are dismayed and shocked at the severity of the sentence.

International Women’s Day
Sun, Mar 10, 2013

This week we are celebrating International Women’s Day.

Hyderabad terror attack
Sun, Feb 24, 2013

After the Supreme Court judgment confirming death penalty on Afzal Guru and the rejection of his mercy petition,the legal and logical course was to execute the death sentence.

No street justice
Sun, Oct 21, 2012

Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption undeniably galvanised the nation against corruption.

Right to Health
Sun, Oct 07, 2012

It is a settled law that right to health is included in the right to life guaranteed by Article 21 of our Constitution

Pervasive perplexity in politics
Sun, Sep 23, 2012

There is talk in some quarters about mid-term elections about which there is no political consensus.

Alarming intolerance
Sun, Sep 09, 2012

Raj Thackeray has been at his intolerant best.

Insulating the police from politicians
Sun, Aug 26, 2012

For that purpose,it is necessary to ingrain into the minds and hearts of the police personnel that they are servants of the law and not of their current political masters.

Confusion about sedition
Sun, Aug 12, 2012

K M Munshi moved an amendment for its deletion which was accepted. Hence ‘sedition’ is not a permissible head of restriction on freedom of expression.

President’s crucial role
Sun, Jul 29, 2012

It is a fallacy that the President of India is a ceremonial figurehead and has no meaningful role to play.

Presidential election
Sun, Jul 15, 2012

In the present Presidential election,use of intemperate language at times and canvassing by the contesting candidates are reminiscent of college and trade union elections

Tax evasion or tax planning?
Sun, Jul 01, 2012

The great American Judge Justice Holmes observed that he liked to pay taxes,because thereby he purchased civilisation.

Whither rule of law
Sun, Jun 03, 2012

It is shocking that senior CPM leader M M Mani in the State of Kerala can openly flaunt with impunity that his party has eliminated,in other words murdered

Mindless cartoon controversy
Sun, May 20, 2012

Bombayites eagerly looked forward to seeing R K Laxman’s cartoons on the front page of The Times of India.

Youth for tackling corruption
Sun, May 06, 2012

Elimination of corruption certainly requires stringent laws and punishment.

A Rajya Sabha nomination should not be confused with the conferral of a Padma award
Thu, May 03, 2012

Our Parliament comprises two Houses: The House of the People,Lok Sabha and the Council of States,Rajya Sabha.

Parameters of privacy
Sun, Apr 22, 2012

Privacy has been deduced as a fundamental right from Article 21 of the Constitution by our Supreme Court

Army in James Bond drama
Sun, Apr 08, 2012

Of late the army has been continuously in the news about events reminiscent of a James Bond movie.

June 1975 Emergency Under Wraps
Sun, Mar 25, 2012

Imposition of the June 1975 Emergency on the nation was a fateful event in the life of independent India

Election reflections
Sun, Mar 11, 2012

Recent State elections are a tribute to our electorate.

Proposed changes in Muslim Personal Law
Sun, Feb 26, 2012

These two features of Muslim Personal Law were some of the sticking points to the enactment of Uniform Civil Code as contemplated by Article 44 of the Directive Principles of our Constitution.

Intolerable intolerance
Sun, Feb 12, 2012

Arnold Toynbee’s delightful book,Acquaintances,has the following passage: “Gandhi’s and Nehru’s India was a tolerant India”

Bigotry prevails at Jaipur festival
Sun, Jan 29, 2012

Ultimately Salman Rushdie did not or could not attend the Jaipur Literature Festival

Developments in Pakistan
Sun, Jan 15, 2012

Developments in Pakistan are perturbing.