The writer, a senior Congress leader, is a former Union minister.
Diversity — cultural, religious and linguistic — that’s at the heart of thriving democracies, is victimised at the hands of a state espousing majoritarian agendas.
It is time for the state to ensure that our republic is not defaced and damaged by shrill voices and agendas masquerading in the name of free speech.
While there is talk of educational training and skill development starting at the school level, there is very little homework done to standardise the same. It will take a long time before this is put into practice.
The government must give answers because it is obliged to give answers, not in respect of any military strategy, but in respect of the situation on the ground. The prime minister owes an explanation to the nation.
Kapil Sibal writes: Recent events have demonstrated that the judiciary needs to introspect. The “fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars but in ourselves”. There is no use in blaming the bar. In any judicial system, lawyers are hyphens between the litigant and the court.
Kapil Sibal writes: Under our constitutional framework, the executive is answerable even in times of a national crisis.
Where is the institutional mechanism to coordinate actions of Ministries of the Government of India and State Governments with the National Authority, the State Authorities and the NGOs in relation to disaster management? That is the sole responsibility of the Central Government.
It is clear by now that If we threaten nature, nature will hit back, and in this battle, we are sure to lose. We need to change our ways.
What the BJP has done in the recent past is to use this provision to topple democratically-elected governments. The means used are unique.
Dear home minister, you need to tell the country what your real intention is — your assurance is not enough. It is time for you to be upfront about the government’s intentions.
It is the robustness of the economy, which alone can deliver millions out of poverty. Yet since 2014 to the 70th year of our Republic, the economy has been given step-motherly treatment. This government’s agenda is not just politics, but divisive politics.
Legality on most occasions is divorced from reality. Discrimination is an ugly word. The Constitution abhors it, yet people both embrace and encourage it .
Government must recognise that fear and enterprise don’t go together. Keep the ED and the CBI at bay and ensure that income tax authorities act within the law. Enterprise alone can help fuel our economy. Otherwise the Ides of March are not far away.
The muscleman on the ground kills because he demands obedience to his beliefs. The muscleman in the university targets faculties who disagree with the new norm. The muscleman in court tries to dictate to the judge: This is an era of musclemen and the rule of law has little value.
Jaitley lived and breathed politics. As Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, he showed himself to be a thinker who understood issues confronting our nation. As minister, he mastered intricacies of several portfolios.
It is my belief that coalition politics helps different interest groups to be heard. It allows policies to evolve, seeking to serve multifarious needs. We have to evolve from an illiberal mindset based on patronage to one which is tolerant and inclusive.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s thematic refrain is to use India’s alleged muscular response in Balakot for electoral gains. The reasons, including the attendant intelligence failure, for the tragic death of over 40 CRPF jawans at Pulwama can await electoral outcomes.
Instead of spewing vitriol, PM must answer questions on national security
There is no worthwhile dialogue between the treasury benches and the Opposition. Procedures and customs have been ignored by the government and bureaucracy finds itself squeezed.
Supreme Court judgment has not settled the issue. In fact, it has raised more questions than it has answered.
Today, institutions speak not for the rule of law, but for those who rule, unconcerned with the law.
Aadhaar judgment makes a disturbing distinction between the rights of the privileged and the poor.
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code showcases an NDA syndrome: Policies implemented without analysis.
Justice Gogoi is right. The union of judiciary with executive is the greatest danger to democracy
It was scripted into coming together of BJP with PDP. In run-up to 2019, polarised J&K will add fuel to BJP fire.