Triple Whammy

Above: Muslim men in Mumbai protest against the Bill while women/Photo: UNI The irony is hard to miss when a law designed to provide security to Muslim women within marriage hastens its dissolution by sending the errant husband to jail   ~Ranjeev C Dubey The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, reminds […]

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A Poor Substitute for MCI

Above: A doctor examines a patient for swine flu at Patna Medical College and Hospital. Photo: UNI National Medical Commission Bill will abolish the Medical Council of India, a democratic body, and replace it with one where the majority of members are nominated by the government ~By Dr KK Aggarwal It is a time of […]

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A Knotty Problem

Above: A representative image of sexual harassment/Photo: Anil Shakya A panel probing sexual harassment charges against the MP judge has found “insufficient” material to impeach him and wants the complainant reinstated  ~By Pallav Shishodia In cases where sexual harassment allegations are based on sexually loaded comments, the debate is between the victim’s version and the […]

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High price of arguments: Why are top lawyers paid so much?

The Supreme Court has asked the centre to bring in a law to cap lawyers’ fees. While that is pending, a look into why they are paid so much in the first place   ~By Ranjeev C Dubey “Can’t you see,” Pink Floyd’s singer songwriter Roger Waters berated us in 1984, “it all makes perfect […]

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Fee Fixation!

On a more serious note, we have in our statute books a plethora of laws that criminalise a CEO of a company because the drinking water supply isn’t up to scratch or the walls of the worker’s canteen are not smooth enough or women worked there at night (try the Factories Act 1948). The Industrial […]

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Jury System Must Go

Above: Parsis want the 1936 Act to be updated The process of appointment of delegates from the Parsi community as “jury” was abolished but yet finds a place in Parsi personal law despite going against the principles of natural justice “Constitutional democracy in India cannot conceive a legislation which is arbitrary.” This was the unanimous […]

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Rafale Deal: Dogfight Over Fighters

Even as the Congress cries foul over this Indo-French deal, will petty politics once again deprive our air force of systems it badly needs to combat challenges along India’s borders?   ~By Bikram Vohra In French, the word “Rafale” means a rapid firing of artillery. In India, it equates itself with scandal, by an indigenous chemistry […]

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Swachh Bharat: The Waste Land

India is a country groaning under garbage with some 1,00,000 tonnes being generated every day. Despite various laws to tackle the rubbish, it has not made a dent in the way Indians behave   ~By Bikram Vohra  If VIPs wish to pick up brooms and engage in the optics of a well-organised photo op, so […]

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Why I Oppose the Plea to Reinvestigate the Gandhi Murder Case

Above: The body of Mahatma Gandhi lying at Birla House in New Delhi. Photo: oldindianphotos.in The real reason to reopen the case could be the desire to whitewash the findings of the Kapur Commission that had implicated Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar and the RSS   ~By Tushar A Gandhi              Dr Pankaj Fadnis, a trustee of […]

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Independent Directors: The Independence Myth

An analysis of the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, and of Clause 49 of SEBI’s Listing Agreement shows that these directors do not really have freedom ~By Mukesh Kacker It was L’affaire Satyam in 2009 which brought words like “corporate governance” and “independent directors” to national prominence though they had been part of the […]

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Is violating the people’s mandate justified?

Above: Citizens vote in the 2014 general election. Photo: UNI Is it constitutionally valid for one partner of a coalition, may be the dominant partner, to ally with a party in opposition after breaking up the coalition and forming a new government? ~By PDT Achary With the gradual disappearance of one-party domination or single-party majority […]

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A Caravan of Love: Protest, Atonement and Conscience

  ~By Harsh Mander ‘Darkness can never be fought with darkness, only light can dispel the enveloping shadows. And so also a politics of hate can only be fought with a new and radical politics of love and solidarity.’ Many countries in the world are witnessing the rise of authoritarian and chauvinistic political parties, which […]

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