Soli J. Sorabjee

The writer is a former attorney general of India.

Articles By Soli J. Sorabjee

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

Amazing Grace

Atalji made friends and disarmed his opponents

The Constitution was founded on these

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

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

When a PM gave me counsel

And other memories starring leaders and lawyers

Be intolerant of intolerance

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

A duty to be tolerant

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

Protect the dissenter

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

This thing called privacy

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

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

The duty to practise tolerance

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

What we need to guard

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

A duty of tolerance

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

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.