Abhishek Singhvi is MP, national spokesperson, Congress, former ASG & former chairman, parliamentary committee, law and justice.
The BJP’s undermining of Parliament has a long legacy in its relatively short life as a ruling party. Its policies and actions have frequently been antithetical to Parliamentary democracy.
Where we fail — as in many other things in this country — is in operationalising the spirit of DK Basu, in punitive measures, in last mile implementation, in breaking intra-departmental solidarity with errant policemen and in ensuring swift, efficacious departmental coercive action plus criminal prosecution.
It would be naive to assume that post lockdown, hordes of lawyers will, or should be, allowed to descend upon the SC, and business will resume as usual.
We have lost a decent man, a good human being, a large heart, a magnanimous disposition, a piercing intellect, a great orator, an even better communicator, an able lawyer and a pillar for his party.
The PM’s obsession with the Gandhi family is the sign of a leader without a vision. Repeated co-option of the achievements of the armed forces (the first Indian leader in 70 years to do so) demonstrates the trait of dictators who confuse strength for governance.
Indira Gandhi made mistakes. But equating her with Hitler speaks of disturbing motives.
Need for a criminal defamation law is even stronger than it was in the 19th century. SC has rightly upheld it.
The Supreme Court judgment on sanction to prosecute only repeats principles set earlier it is not a statement on the government
The Bill violates neither the Constitution nor the intent of its framers, and opposition to it is uninformed