More Than Just An Adjournment Disease

Justice Karanam Sreedhar Rao has rightly focused attention in his column in this issue of India Legal on the malignancy that has metastasized throughout our judicial system. It is an affliction known as pendency, a fancy word for interminable delays in the delivery of justice in both civil and criminal cases. Supreme Court Chief Justice […]

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Prohibition in Kerala: Let the Good Times Roll

The Left government’s new liquor policy relaxes harsh restrictions imposed to curb the consumption of alcohol. While many are celebrating, others are calling it an anti-people and regressive move ~By Naveen Nair in Thiruvananthapuram It was champagne time for the tourism, liquor and hospitality industry in Kerala recently. What brought good cheer was the Left […]

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Creating the Master Race

  ~By Dilip Bobb   It’s a Hitlerian concept with some additions. Adolf sought to create a Master Race of tall, blonde, blue-eyed Aryans by eliminating those with inferior genes like Jews and non-Whites. There are many in India, and the Indian government, who are seeking to create the Indian version of a master race […]

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CJI JS Khehar: A Judge in a Hurry

During his eight-month tenure, the chief justice adopted novel and clever ways to bring down the pendency of cases and constituted vacation benches to hear cases ~By Mary Mitzy Chief Justice of India JS Khehar demits office on August 27 after a short, eight-month tenure. However, when he does, he would have left to his […]

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Defeat by a Thousand Cuts

  ~By Dilip Bobb   Ever since the late lamented Zulfikar Ali Bhutto pledged that he would defeat India by inflicting a thousand cuts, Pakistan and India have been in a state of undeclared war. It takes many forms and proxies but it has escalated in recent weeks. Unhappy with the current state of play, […]

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Witch-hunting: Diabolic Persecution

Single women and widows are often branded as witches to humiliate and ostracise them and seize their property. Why does this reprehensible practice continue unchecked and are our laws stringent enough to provide relief? ~By Shankar Sinha and Meha Mathur “My name is Pedki Devi. I live in a village in Jharkhand. When I was […]

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The Rapid Descent

With the fortunes of this once-glorious airline plunging rapidly and the centre in no mood to aid it further, the blame has to be shared by politicians, bureaucrats and the staff    ~By Jitender Bhargava Air India has, for a change, been in the news for the right reasons for two unrelated developments. One is […]

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Ministries of Utmost Happiness

  ~By Dilip Bobb   The peacocks may be shedding tears at their sudden enforced celibacy, joining the ranks of “others” who have become like Anjum, the protagonist of Arundhati Roy’s Ministry of Utmost Happiness. It’s a timely title, since government spokesmen and ministries are falling over each other to paint a portrait of the […]

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Chhattisgarh: Tribal Rights in Peril

In an apparent defiance of the Forest Rights Act, the state government has bypassed the will of residents of 20 villages in Hasdeo-Arand region and allowed coal mining to the powerful Adani group ~By Neeraj Mishra in Raipur Ghatbarra is a non-descript and impoverished village to the south of Ambikapur in Sarguja, North Chhattisgarh. Its […]

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