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Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Fali S Nariman

Fali S Nariman

The writer is a constitutional jurist and senior advocate to the Supreme Court.

Why a recent Karnataka high court order is compulsory reading in Covid times
Fri, May 22, 2020

I salute the judges of the Karnataka High Court for their humanitarian approach. Like Abou Ben Adhem (in the poem by James Hunt) “May their tribe increase!”

Madhava Menon – A first-rate teacher of top-class practising lawyers
Thu, May 09, 2019

With the passing of N R Madhava Menon, India’s legal fraternity has lost its teacher

Tolerating the corrupt
Wed, Mar 27, 2019

The definition of corruption keeps on requiring restructuring as time passes, as more ways to be corrupt are invented. The need of the hour, then, is great men and women. And quite frankly they are, as yet, in extremely short supply.

Why did Indira Gandhi call off the Emergency?
Fri, Feb 08, 2019

Sanjay Gandhi apparently did not know — the man closest to her at the time. Perhaps some readers of this newspaper — old, but not very old like me — could perhaps help to solve this till-now intractable problem.

Emergency Day
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

When repressive laws were oppressively implemented, and the people looked in vain to the courts

How Free at 70?
India needs a coalition
Wed, Aug 17, 2016

Only when Parliament and politics are no longer dominated by one single political party, will India become a country where all points of view will once again be freely expressed, freely heard.

Like Atal, Advani, Somnath
Thu, Aug 04, 2016

Excerpts from a speech to new parliamentarians, July 31

Vice President Hamid Ansari’s secularism remarks: Say it again
Tue, Apr 05, 2016

VP Ansari’s remarks on the need to protect minority rights have been made before. But they bear repeating.

A test of freedom: ‘To be anti-Indian is not a criminal offence, and it is definitely not sedition’
Wed, Feb 17, 2016

Sedition in India is not unconstitutional, it remains an offence only if the words, spoken or written, are accompanied by disorder and violence and/ or incitement to disorder and violence

I was law officer No 3
Tue, Jun 23, 2015

I resigned when Emergency was imposed — to little effect. India’s intelligentsia rationalised the tyranny

Hanging in Balance
Needed: Dialogue, statesmanship
Wed, Aug 06, 2014

Because we cannot risk another judicial decision on appointments, writes FALI S. NARIMAN

India by his book, a testament to hope
Wed, Jul 09, 2014

Granville Austin documented the triumphs and strains of working a truly democratic constitution.

I don’t know who killed Jessica Lall…
Thu, Feb 23, 2006

I do not know who killed Jessica Lall. The Judge who tried the case acquitted the accused after seven long years. He too does not know: whic...

We protest too much, expelling MPs is valid
Sat, Dec 24, 2005

When Parliament does nothing, we complain. When Parliament does something, some of us also complain: but that is the cross that all politica...

Who cares about the litigant?
Thu, Dec 08, 2005

The statement of the chief justice of India about there being 27 million pending cases has set off alarm bells. First, about what society ex...

Man who stopped Hindu Rashtra
Mon, Nov 21, 2005

When Satish Sawhney of the Nehru Centre invited me to deliver this inaugural lecture in the series “Challenges to Indian Democracy&#148...

Same old question: Shall we abolish death penalty?
Tue, Oct 18, 2005

The hangman’s noose is again in the news—thanks to the front-page of The Indian Express (October 17). But it has long been on the ...

A judge above contempt
Fri, Aug 05, 2005

The speech delivered by Justice Markandey Katju, chief justice of the High Court of Madras, on the first anniversary of the inauguration of ...

H D Shourie, a good man who did good things, passes away
Wed, Jun 29, 2005

In his autobiography, Robert Moru, a famous surgeon, writes: it is well for every man to stop once in a while and think what sort of collect...

The Jharkhand case: With great respect
Mon, Mar 14, 2005

Nothing succeeds like success. Now that the murky politics of Jharkhand is behind us, thanks largely to the March 9 order of the Supreme Cou...

The judge was always right
Sat, Oct 30, 2004

T.R. Andhyarujina's excellent article on the editorial page of the Indian Express, ‘Tyabji, a man for our times’ (October 28), rem...

The VIP Syndrome: let’s get rid of it
Mon, Aug 30, 2004

‘VIP’—It were the British who coined it. But, initially, it had no snob value. During the Second World War, it was used to de...

‘He administered justice, not just law, the Bar’s noblest soul’
Wed, Mar 24, 2004

Emerson used to say that nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm: V M Tarkunde, like his mentor M N Roy, was an enthusiast with a ...

Be cautious, be circumspect
Wed, Jan 07, 2004

In England, ‘‘parliamentary privilege’’, though part of the law of the land, is, to an extent, an exemption from the gen...

You like public glare, don’t cry foul when there’s a cloud
Sat, Nov 29, 2003

I detest ‘‘sting operations’’; clandestine clips that intrude on a man’s privacy: whoever or whatever that man may ...