Rajeev Dhavan

The writer is a senior advocate at the Supreme Court.

Articles By Rajeev Dhavan

Morning Constitutionals

Nine judgements promise a great juristic future – unless mediocrity catches up with them.

My Lord’s not My Shepherd

Essays that underline Indian governance-democracy’s need for divine help in the face of multiple crises

With Due Process

Courtroom ‘astrology’, a game of Crinklelogy, and other memories of the finest researcher of the early history of South Asia’s judicial institutions

Rules of Engagement

A thought-provoking work which effectively analyses legal decisions, and contextualises how they’ve been conceived over time in India

Matters of Interest

The PIL has benefitted the bourgeoisie, lawyers and judges, apart from the poor for whom it was intended.

Handbook of the Indian Constitution review: A Site of Struggle

A fine collection of thoughtful essays on the Indian Constitution, but this is not a handbook as advertised

When Centre targets state

President’s Rule must be abolished. Uttarakhand developments show why.

Decode this: Delhi HC must explain Kanhaiya bail order

It seems to me that his surety, as indeed Kanhaiya himself, must wear a hypothetical intellectual dog collar of the mind.

Talkin’ About a Revolution

Gautam Bhatia interrogates, reviews and articulates with clarity the role of free speech in a democracy like India.

Unfree speech

Laws of defamation and contempt must be seen as lingering anachronisms.

The Law Must Take Its Course

A competent history of the judiciary in Bombay under British rule.

A Long Way To Go

Forget gay marriage. In India, the constitutional debate is stuck at the lowest rung.

Fine-tuning democracy

Law Commission report frames crucial issues but reaches hasty conclusions.

309 reasons why

Repeal of the inhuman provision criminalising suicide is long overdue

Supreme but fallible

If the Supreme Court wants the RTI Act changed,this has to be done by Parliament

What’s in an oath?

Linguistic choice is our constitutional right. No hoodlum can take that away....

The Brethren

There is a myth about the brotherhood of judges. In India,the higher brotherhood consists of high court and Supreme Court judges.

Attorney soldier

The Bofors controversy,that alleged that Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was part of a corrupt kickback deal,will not die down.