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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Kapil Sibal

The writer, a senior Congress leader, is a former Union minister.

How to fix the anti-defection loophole
Sat, Jan 22, 2022

🔴 Kapil Sibal writes: If our polity wants to get rid of open corruption, it needs to take urgent steps to fix the Tenth Schedule

India’s diversity must never be used against it
Fri, Jan 07, 2022

🔴 Kapil Sibal writes: The only way forward is to address our core national concerns to build just, inclusive and egalitarian societal structures.

What pushing delimitation does to talks on peace and statehood in J&K
Thu, Jul 01, 2021

Kapil Sibal writes: The Centre wants the world to believe that it is making serious efforts to restore democracy in J&K, but talk of delimitation might sour the dialogue even before it takes off.

Centre must own up to failures in handling second wave
Thu, May 27, 2021

The pandemic has to be tackled using science and hard, peer-reviewed evidence. Government needs to course correct urgently.

Society’s values need to be informed by a sense of justice
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Diversity — cultural, religious and linguistic — that’s at the heart of thriving democracies, is victimised at the hands of a state espousing majoritarian agendas.

Freedoms exercised by all mediums disseminating news are the cornerstone of our republic
Mon, Sep 21, 2020

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.

With present mindset, NEP 2020 may be providing hope but only on paper
Thu, Aug 20, 2020

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.

In a crisis, Opposition has a right to know and it is duty of government to provide answers
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

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.

Court must look within, address asymmetries of justice that are causing disquiet in stakeholders
Sat, Jun 13, 2020

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.

Judiciary must speak up, hold government to account on its handling of pandemic
Tue, May 19, 2020

Kapil Sibal writes: Under our constitutional framework, the executive is answerable even in times of a national crisis.

Corona pandemic needs streamlined intervention and mitigation
Fri, Apr 17, 2020

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.

COVID-19 is yet another call to humankind to mend its ways or perish
Fri, Apr 10, 2020

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.

Floor test has become a farce, as we witness constitutional anarchy
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

What the BJP has done in the recent past is to use this provision to topple democratically-elected governments. The means used are unique.

Home minister’s assurances in Parliament are belied by the letter and intent of the citizenship law
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

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.

The people deserve better: As the Republic turns 70, the nation’s growth prospects seem fraught
Sat, Jan 25, 2020

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.

Even if the law passes the test of legality, it may still be repressive, can target communities
Sat, Dec 28, 2019

Legality on most occasions is divorced from reality. Discrimination is an ugly word. The Constitution abhors it, yet people both embrace and encourage it .

Oppn during UPA years and SC judgments must share responsibility for current economic mess
Thu, Dec 12, 2019

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.

Changing times: The musclemen of new India are crushing old values
Thu, Sep 19, 2019

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.

Arun Jaitley: My friend, my opponent
Mon, Aug 26, 2019

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.

Coalitions allow a diversity of voices to be heard, keep fundamentalism at bay
Tue, May 21, 2019

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.

Emotive national security issues being raked up in face of failures on development
Fri, May 03, 2019

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.

Show us the paradigm shift
Tue, Mar 05, 2019

Instead of spewing vitriol, PM must answer questions on national security

Parliament is in decline due to absence of dialogue
Wed, Jan 16, 2019

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.

On Rafale, facts a casualty
Wed, Jan 02, 2019

Supreme Court judgment has not settled the issue. In fact, it has raised more questions than it has answered.

Rulers of law
Wed, Nov 28, 2018

Today, institutions speak not for the rule of law, but for those who rule, unconcerned with the law.