Seema Chishti

Articles By Seema Chishti

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.

Move to transfer Delhi High Court’s Justice Muralidhar, stalled by Supreme Court judges

Known for his bold pronouncements on communal violence and personal liberty, Justice Muralidhar, especially in 2018, authored many judgments which have been widely discussed.

No process for handling complaints against CVC, says Centre in RTI reply

The DoPT in its reply goes on to say that a “process for framing guidelines to handle grievances/complaints against Chief Vigilance Commissioner/Vigilance Commissioners has been initiated by DoPT”.

Justice Lokur attends swearing-in of Pakistan Chief Justice, shares bench with him

Justice Lokur has been close friends with Chief Justice Khosa since 2004. Justice Lokur has described him as an “excellent human being and jurist”.

Collegium changing picks for SC: Former judges speak out, one writes to President

A judge has asked the President to ensure that the “credibility and independence of the judiciary” is “preserved and another historical blunder… not committed”.

Disquiet in section of court over way in which Collegium changed judge choices for SC

The Indian Express has learnt that there is disquiet among a section of the judges, regarding “the sudden move to just shelve the decisions arrived at in December, without either making that decision public, or stating why it needed to be reversed”.

CVC met me on Rakesh Asthana’s behalf on October 6: Alok Verma to Justice Patnaik

Alok Verma’s submission describing the meeting, that lasted more than an hour, said Chowdary had concerns regarding Asthana’s Annual Performance Appraisal Report signed by Verma.

Parrot can’t fly free till set free: ex-CJI Lodha who coined ‘caged parrot’ for CBI

On Verma’s transfer, he said, “On the face of it, as the Supreme Court only pointed out to the procedural infirmity of not calling the committee, that was done by the government and used to transfer the CBI chief.”

No evidence of corruption, decision of PM-led panel on Alok Verma very hasty: SC’s monitor

Justice Patnaik told The Indian Express: “There was no evidence against Verma regarding corruption. The entire enquiry was held on Asthana’s complaint. I have said in my report that none of the findings in the CVC’s report are mine.”

The Hate We Give

An extraordinary book that looks at the people beyond the mob involved in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Tried to uphold CBI integrity, attempts were being made to destroy it: Alok Verma

"I have stood up for the integrity of the institution, and if asked, will do it again in order to uphold the rule of law,” Verma said.

The Urdu Press: The UP Gathbandhan

It says how “UP is decisive and if in the last general election too, had the BJP’s seats here had been halved, it would not have had a single-party majority”.

Why Ayodhya bench choices significant

If the senior-most judge is appointed the CJI, as has been the norm but for twice in independent India, then Justices S A Bobde, N V Ramanna, U U Lalit and D Y Chandrachud, are set to be the next four chief justices.

Invite to Marathi meet withdrawn: Nayantara Sahgal planned to talk about ‘dangers to our freedoms’

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is to preside over the inaugural function on January 11 while local BJP MLA Madan Yerawar is the chairman of the Welcoming Committee.

Explained: The ‘poor forward’ quota story

What is the Centre’s proposal about the economically backward among the ‘general category’ upper castes? What is the background and context of the decision, and what is the way forward?

Trapped in The Digital Square

How technology is chipping away at the very fabric of socio-political exchange.