The SC's repeated assertions on laws restricting habeas corpus, freedom of association, peaceful protest and dissent, particularly the untrammelled use of anti-sedition statutes and cyber regulations, is nothing new. Way back in 2016, I had offered a personal salute to Justices Dipak Misra
And now, in the wake of the damage that BJP’s reputation has suffered at the hands of the social media, the very party which came to power through the deft use of a formidable network of IT “cells” using these same platforms, now wants them rendered ineffective.
Cara Tejpal, Tarun’s young daughter has stood by her father during the entire trial and now holds his hand even tighter as critics attack the outcome of that trial. I reproduce, in full, a letter she wrote last week to Siddharth Varadarajan, along with the latter’s response, to acquaint the reader with the judgment and what the judge actually wrote.
Modi’s belated recognition of the spread of the scourge into rural India which until now had appeared to escape the surges of the epidemic was a better late than never phenomenon. But will it lead to the Herculean cleansing of the Augean Stables that is needed to set the country on a course of relentless nation-building under the guidance of good governance?
Just as High Courts set the pace for opposition to Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, so too has the Madras High Court established the tone and tenor for holding the government accountable for the spread of the killer pandemic through allowing stretched out election schedules and mammoth rallies.
Justice Ramana’s humble beginnings have given him an insight into the suffering of the common man, which has also made him a champion of civil liberties. He has great empathy for those requiring protection of human rights. His tenure, no doubt, will be marked by compassion, expertise and wisdom.
The Modi government’s legislative surgical strike on the autonomy enjoyed by the National Capital Territory Delhi has crippled all the efforts made so far by the city’s elected legislators to win maximum self governance.
Apart from the usual concerns about religious polarisation, anti-incumbency, party hopping, a major focus is on a national debate on privatisation and disinvestment whereby state-run enterprises are to be gradually dismantled