Seema Chishti

Articles By Seema Chishti

Charges of plot against CJI Ranjan Gogoi, bench fixing: Probe seeks specifics

The one-judge committee was formed in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment made by a member of staff of the Supreme Court against the Chief Justice.

1947-2019: A Bollywood playlist

Ankur Bhardwaj, Seema Chishti and Sushant Singh, authors of Note by Note: The India Story: 1947-2017, pick a song for each decade of free India.

Sheikh Abdullah, Ayyangar, Sardar Patel: How Article 370 was negotiated, debated

In November 1963, in a debate in Parliament, when Hari Vishnu Kamath argued that Kashmir was “not fully” integrated, Nehru asserted that it was, indeed, “fully integrated” with India.

Ayodhya mediation: Four proposals saw some light till talks failed

With the mediation committee telling the Supreme Court it had failed, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said day-to-day hearings would start on the matter from August 6.

History writing is fixated on the trope of archival discovery: Author and historian Faisal Devji

Faisal Devji on Muslim depoliticisation, Hindu nationalism and historians mimicking detectives.

A natural spokesperson with ‘humungous’ erudition, Jaipal Reddy knew essence of politics lay in talking, debating

Reddy’s ability to get people talking and debating — recognising that these are the essence of politics — made him a natural spokesperson of the cause he represented.

Sheila Dikshit: Infrastructure with inclusion

That’s the image Sheila Dikshit built nationally for Delhi.

Things we are handed down

The graduating robe and cap is not a mere relic of the colonial era; it came from closer home.

From Achhut Kanya in 1936 to Article 15, how Indian cinema has dealt with caste

From Achhut Kanya in 1936 to Article 15 in 2019, how Hindi cinema has looked at caste.

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.