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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Kapil Sibal

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

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.

What the majority missed
Thu, Oct 04, 2018

Aadhaar judgment makes a disturbing distinction between the rights of the privileged and the poor.

Reform that isn’t
Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code showcases an NDA syndrome: Policies implemented without analysis.

The quality of justice
Wed, Jul 18, 2018

Justice Gogoi is right. The union of judiciary with executive is the greatest danger to democracy

Choreography of a break-up
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

It was scripted into coming together of BJP with PDP. In run-up to 2019, polarised J&K will add fuel to BJP fire.

His choice, his misstep
Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to address RSS meet in Nagpur need not perturb the Congress. He did not go there as a representative of the party.

What a governor must do
Tue, May 22, 2018

Kapil Sibal writes: Supreme Court must now address itself to protecting the institution from political machinations.

Look, who is talking about diminishing the authority of the judiciary
Thu, Apr 26, 2018

The suggestion that the Opposition is playing politics is laughable. The truth is the government is playing politics to ensure that there is no inquiry that will embarrass them.

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