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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Soli J. Sorabjee

The writer is a former attorney general of India.

When humour and banter enlivened proceedings
Mon, May 18, 2020

There are judges and judges and lawyers and lawyers, and as Charles Dickens wrote, “if the law supposes that, the law is a ass”. I wonder what would be Dickens’ reaction to this incident.

Supreme Court’s recent judgments reaffirm its role as a vigilant monitor
Wed, Dec 04, 2019

Ordinarily, the Supreme Court judgment should finally settle any controversial issue, but not in our country. This is evident from the heated debates on the issue on TV channels and in public meetings.

Babasaheb’s warning: In politics, hero-worship is a path to degradation and eventual dictatorship
Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Ambedkar emphasised that this caution is far more necessary in the case of India. For in India, bhakti, or what may be called the path of devotion or hero-worship, plays a part in politics, unequalled in magnitude by the part it plays in the politics of any other country.

Court’s in-house procedure, by which allegations against CJI were examined, has stood the test of time
Tue, May 14, 2019

If we do not trust judges of the Supreme Court, then God save the country. We must put a lid upon the unfortunate controversy and save the institution, the office of the Chief Justice of India, from further damage.

Ambedkar’s ideas of social justice still haunt country’s constitutional apparatus. How much have we achieved?
Thu, Apr 18, 2019

Ambedkar believed that unless the moral values of a constitution are upheld, the grandiloquent words in it will not protect the freedom and democratic values of the people.

A labour of law
Thu, Feb 07, 2019

Constituent Assembly debates were full of disagreement, humour and hope. Will the dreams of the founding fathers come true?

Slogans, critical of govt, are not anti-national and do not amount to sedition
Thu, Jan 17, 2019

Invocation of the section (on sedition) should only be in cases of slogans which incite violence and have a tendency to create public disorder. Our state rests on solid foundations which cannot be disturbed by ill-tempered or pungent or stupid slogans.

A duty to curb intolerance
Mon, Dec 17, 2018

The movie Kedarnath, which depicts the love story, has sparked a controversy. There are shrill demands for banning its exhibition. The Uttarakhand High Court observed that those who do not like the movie need not watch it.

The noble dissenters
Sat, Oct 06, 2018

Dissenting judgments on Sabarimala and Bhima Koregaon speak to the future.

Amazing Grace
Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Atalji made friends and disarmed his opponents

The Constitution was founded on these
Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Our founding fathers were driven by the learnings of the past, the turmoil of the present and the possibilities of the future.

The Limits Of Freedom
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Sedition law has been misused by over-zealous agencies. That’s no reason to scrap it

When a PM gave me counsel
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

And other memories starring leaders and lawyers

Be intolerant of intolerance
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Why the Supreme Court judgment in the case of ‘An Insignificant Man’ shows the way.

A duty to be tolerant
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

The rise of intolerance is alarming. Dissent is smothered and self-censorship takes its place, endangering democracy itself.

Protect the dissenter
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

That is the state’s responsibility. It must punish those who violently target dissent

This thing called privacy
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

One salutary consequence is that the right to privacy cannot be curtailed or abrogated by merely enacting a statute but can be done only by a constitutional amendment after complying with certain constitutional prerequisites.

For the People
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

This erudite book illuminates how judicial review of legislation empowers and protects democracy.

The duty to practise tolerance
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

It should be expressly included and highlighted in the list of fundamental duties in our Constitution

What we need to guard
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Fundamental rights are no gifts of the state, the Constitution only confirms their existence.

A duty of tolerance
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Intolerance has a chilling effect on freedom of thought and discussion. It places democracy under siege.

Sedition law cannot be used against honest views, expressed peacefully
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

It is the need of the hour to contain the forces of bigotry and intolerance which pose a grave threat to our democratic secular republic.

A Merry Court
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

The temples of justice are also home to moments of laughter.

A Rule Of Law Culture
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Rule of law must become a part of people’s everyday lives if it is to be safeguarded .

Taking terror to task
Mon, Oct 27, 2014

Pakistan must stop offering specious alibis against prosecuting Hafiz Saeed.