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Seema Chishti

Articles By Seema Chishti

Light of the Firefly

Kaifi Azmi’s writings on love and rebellion continue to bedazzle.

‘Conspiracy to frame CJI’: Will ask for more material from CBI, IB, police, says Justice Patnaik

He said his report will be finalised only after the court vacation and after he has “examined witnesses and received other material on the matter”.

In final lap, BJP and gathbandhan woo smaller castes in eastern UP

The BJP’s reconfiguration of the old caste mosaic, drawing smaller groups with the promise of samman and fitting them into its Hindutva-driven base, had been central to the decimation of the SP, BSP and Congress in the Assembly elections, with all the three parties tumbling to their lowest ever numbers.

Gorakhpur Gathbandhan candidate Ram bhuwal Nishad: 2018 showed BJP could be beaten

Two-time MLA from Kaudiram assembly seat, now Gorakhpur rural, Ram Bhuwal Nishad had also been the fisheries minister during BSP chief Mayawati’s government in 2007.

‘This episode is going to haunt SC in years to come’: Justice AP Shah on CJI sexual harassment case

Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice A P Shah on the alleged sexual harassment case against CJI Gogoi, and the in-house panel's clean chit.

Statements during 2019 Lok Sabha elections campaign go against principle of universal franchise

By drawing attention to electorates like this, parties as contrasting as the BJP and RJD did not realise how close they were to making a case for separate electorates — a controversial and long-discarded idea from colonial India, which was always eager to sharpen the cleavages in Indian society.

Sexual harassment allegations: CJI Ranjan Gogoi appears before panel, report likely in sealed cover

Sources told The Indian Express that the committee, comprising Justices S A Bobde, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee, extended a request to CJI Gogoi to appear before it.

Lok Sabha elections: Old wounds ‘drying slowly’ amid faultlines in Godhra

Godhra is Ground Zero in more ways than one. Here, the divisions fostered by politics, riots, and “uneven development”, are frozen in the town’s geography.

Sexual harassment charges against CJI: ‘Will probe conspiracy only after inquiry into sexual harassment complaint ends’

Justice Patnaik, who retired from the Supreme Court in 2014, was nominated Thursday by a three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice Arun Mishra, to inquire into allegations of a conspiracy levelled by advocate Utsav Bains in his two affidavits.

SC clears 3-judge panel to probe sexual harassment complaint against CJI Ranjan Gogoi

This inquiry will be in the nature of a departmental inquiry and not a judicial inquiry. It will start on Friday afternoon.

Porbandar polltalk: From Pakistan to girls kept out of cricket ground

Politically, Porbandar is a long-held BJP seat. Over the last four years, however, there has been ferment here. The Patidar agitation which started in 2015 and shook Gujarat, still has its imprint here.

‘Constitutionalism needs to percolate into society’

Lawyer Gautam Bhatia on his new book, what makes the Constitution transformative, and why its essence lies in dissenting judgements.

Reclaiming the Rebellion

A useful account tracing the legacy of Bhagat Singh, whose relevance continuously increases with time.

The 2019 Takshila Yearbook weaves in the grandeur and diversity of Indian textiles

Warp and weft is what the Takshila Educational Society’s Yearbook has at its centre this year.

Wealth tax on top rich could fund Congress’s plan for poor: paper

Despite having some ability to benefit a section of the economically worse off, the researchers say, it is mostly a “political stunt” and limited in its ability to tackle income inequality.

We need to make a choice between freedom and fascism now: Nayantara Sahgal

Writer and activist Nayantara Sahgal, 91, on writing about the ‘unmaking of India’, the role of fiction in politically turbulent times and why there’s no destroying hope.

‘Mediation’ in Ayodhya title suit: Routine idea that has got new SC push

The Bench asked for the option of mediation to be explored after hour-long arguments in the court on Tuesday. It said it would pass orders on its suggestion for mediation on March 5.

Remembering Kaifi Azmi, the people’s poet

In the centenary year of his birth, a look at Kaifi Azmi, his works, his place in the Progressive Writers’ Movement and the enduring relevance of his words.

Chhattisgarh: Two ex-SC judges to head panels on press and illegal arrests

Sources said that Justice Patnaik had given his “in-principle” approval for the one-man commission which will be assisted by local journalists, lawyers, police and civil society members.

Explained: Why Congress has chosen Eastern UP for Priyanka’s entry into politics

Eastern UP is central to BJP themes with the politics around Ayodhya, the religious significance of sites such as Varanasi, as well as the seat of PM Modi and the home turf of CM Yogi. For the Congress, it presents a challenge as well as an opportunity to reclaim a legacy.