AAP: EC’s Thunderbolt

In a shocking development, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti, who retires on January 23, recommended the disqualification of 20 MLAs of this party for holding “offices of profit”. Will the fledging party survive this lightning strike? ~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav In a major jolt to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Election Commission (EC) on […]

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The Politics of Triple Talaq Bill

The slug-fest over Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill ended temporarily with the Rajya Sabha being adjourned but the battle-lines are firmly drawn over the fate of Muslim women facing instant divorce ~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav On December 29, Ishrat Jahan—one of the petitioners who had successfully moved the Supreme Court to get […]

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Fast-Track Courts: Unequal Before the Law

The government’s decision to set up 12 such courts for legislators comes at a time when there are over 2.8 crore pending cases. Should they be given a special privilege here too? ~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav The law, we have been told, is equal for all. But a decision of the government, following a directive […]

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The Battle for Broadband

Above: President Donald Trump holds talks with Apple and Microsoft CEOs Tim Cook (L) and Satya Nadella, respectively, in Washington. Photo: UNI A recent plan by the FCC to dismantle rules that allow equal access to the internet shows the Trump Administration’s focus to help big business at the cost of the working class By […]

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Justice N Kirubakaran: The Newsmaker Judge

Above: Justice N Kirubakaran has been a permanent judge of the Madras High Court since 2011. Photo: Youtube Known for his unconventional judgments, this Madras High Court judge has often created a stir with his remarks on castration for child rapists, potency tests, NEET and compulsory helmet-wearing ~By R Ramasubramanian in Chennai    Are we not […]

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Trouble in Tihar

Security system inside Tihar Jail Since 1980, the premises have been under the watch of Tamil Nadu Police Home minister Rajnath Singh and (right) Tihar Jail DG Ajay Kashyap Tihar is a very special jail, for special inmates, who need special protection. The huge jail complex has “hosted” inmates such as Sanjay Gandhi, Lalu Prasad […]

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An Aadhaar of Dangerous Liaisons

This initiative of the government is fraught with problems as biometric data can get mismatched and cards deactivated, bringing life to a complete standstill ~By Sujit Bhar In the US, some witness protection programmes help people change their identities so completely that they can be said to have “fallen off the face of the earth”. […]

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Ryan Murder Case: School for Scandal

The investigation has taken an unexpected twist with a senior student being arrested. Why did the Gurugram police charge the wrong person and what happens to him now? Have schools done enough to beef up security since the incident? ~By Sucheta Dasgupta No one thought it was possible but the Ryan International School murder just […]

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Who is watching the Watchdog?

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre), BJP president Amit Shah (second from left) and others at the Gujarat Gaurav Maha Sammelan in Gandhinagar. Photo: UNI Has Election Commission of India compromised itself by deferring the Gujarat polls and thereby opened itself to the charge of being partisan? ~By MG Devasahayam The Constitution, which is India’s […]

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Collegium: Lifting the Veil of Secrecy

Above: Karnataka High Court judge  Justice Jayant Patel (inset); Lawyers protest against Patel’s transfer who was transferred to Allahabad In a surprising move, the apex court has started to give bare details of reasons behind some of its decisions. However, naming those whom it cannot elevate as judges could backfire and lead to discontent ~By […]

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Rohingyas: Dhaka’s refugee nightmare

As some five lakh people fleeing Myanmar pour into Bangladesh, questions are being raised about why it shouldn’t be tried for genocide ~By Prakash Bhandari in Dhaka Even as the Supreme Court of India is hearing the pleas of Rohingyas in the country, Bangladesh is facing a crisis of gigantic proportions. Some five lakh Rohingya […]

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