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Friday, July 20, 2018

Seema Chishti


Lyricist and poet Gopal Das Saxena ‘Neeraj’ dies at 93
Fri, Jul 20, 2018

Active till well after he crossed the age of 90, Neeraj had a short stint as a lyricist in Hindi cinema, but his writings left a mark on those born well after he had left Mumbai

Hamid Ansari responds to farewell barb: ‘Many felt PM Narendra Modi comment not accepted practice’
Mon, Jul 09, 2018

Hamid Ansari said, “The PM spoke a lot and was fulsome in his praise too. I responded in my speech, including a sher (couplet) at the end — but then his army of supporters feasted on it.”

Professor Martha Nussbaum interview: ‘Govts must make it clear that hate crimes are unacceptable… This is not taking place’
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

The (Indian) Constitution is an admirable document, and (B R) Ambedkar designed it to be the protector of minorities. But the legal profession, the courts, the police, need to live up to the values it contains, said Martha.

Only 12 of 23 Supreme Court judges have disclosed their assets: Official website
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

According to the website, all the judges, who have declared their assets, own some land. It shows that the top two judges don’t own a car.

In 2018, the 1992 test
Sat, Jun 30, 2018

Many of those charged in the Babri Masjid demolition case are lawmakers. That’s what makes the case a litmus test for rule of law in the country

Tales of Future, Past
Sat, Jun 23, 2018

Two stories by Intizar Husain that trace the times gone by against the backdrop of Partition

The Urdu Press: J&K Upheaval
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Rashtriya Sahara’s editorial, on the same day, notes: “By stating that a muscular policy cannot work, Mehbooba Mufti has perhaps indicated that the BJP wanted to establish peace in the Valley by using force, something that is practically impossible."

Law panel writes to political parties, seeks views, meetings on simultaneous polls
Sat, Jun 16, 2018

In its recommendations, the Commission suggested that for 2019, one half of state Assemblies could go to polls with the General Election, and the rest with the polls in 2024.

Shujaat Bukhari: In many worlds at the same time, yet rooted to the ground
Fri, Jun 15, 2018

Shujaat Bukhari shot dead: A journalist with spunk, courage and a keen sense of his calling, of telling the story, Bukhari fundamentally believed it was his bounden duty to jump fences between holders of different truths and come to his own conclusions.

Panel looking into data privacy set to submit draft report on June 18
Thu, Jun 14, 2018

The law, which the government has indicated would be framed shortly after the committee submits its report, has been a significant crux of the Centre’s argument in the Aadhaar case.

Electoral quotas in India: what the data show
Thu, Jun 14, 2018

The Consequences of Electoral Quotas in India, by Francesca R Jensenius, a political scientist at the University of Oslo, looks at how electoral representation for Dalits through reservation has played out since 1952.

Citizens’ draft law on data privacy to be unveiled today
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

The draft bill, termed the Privacy Code, envisages a penalty of up to Rs 1 crore for the violation of privacy of citizens and a prison sentence of up to three years. The draft law by govt panel may be made public on June 11

Politics in west UP has grown from communal to real issues, says RLD’s Jayant Chaudhary
Sat, May 26, 2018

Stating that Dalits all over the country are “very angry with the BJP”, the RLD leader said, “There is visible anger, especially in the latest case on how they have handled the Supreme Court matter regarding the Atrocities Act.”

The Urdu Press: Karnataka drama
Fri, May 25, 2018

The desire of Narendra Modi’s supporters that after assuming power in Karnataka the door to BJP’s entrenchment in South India would be opened was buried.

Because the judges spoke out
Wed, May 23, 2018

Dissent in the Supreme Court has done well to shine the light on a relatively opaque institution.

Not one for rituals, Justice Chelameswar honours one, exits
Sat, May 19, 2018

The press conference on January 12 at Justice Chelameswar’s residence, with three of the others who constitute the Collegium, marked an unusually hectic start to the year for the Court.

Once again, Supreme Court Collegium stalls on Justice KM Joseph’s name
Thu, May 17, 2018

The meeting failed to reiterate Justice K M Joseph’s name despite having pre-arranged to meet to do precisely that last week, apart from suggesting other names for the Supreme Court.

Cautiously, SC Collegium puts its foot down: Reiterates decision to elevate Justice Joseph
Sat, May 12, 2018

There are some indications that separate files could be sent — one for Justice K M Joseph’s name and the other for more judges. But it remains to be seen what the Centre does when it formally receives the reiteration.

Supreme Court collegium will meet today, Justice Joseph’s returned file on its table
Fri, May 11, 2018

The difference in phrasing this time could be significant as the Centre, while rejecting the elevation of Justice K M Joseph, had cited seniority (he is 42nd in the All India Judges seniority list), regional representation and the lack of SC/STs representation.

Four Collegium judges meet, pressure on CJI to reiterate Justice K M Joseph’s name
Thu, May 10, 2018

Justice K M Joseph was part of the two-Judge bench which struck down the Centre’s decision to impose President’s rule in Uttarakhand in March 2016.