SC/ST ACT RULING: A Balancing Act Law

The judgment of the Supreme Court in Dr. Subhash Kashinath Mahajan v. The State of Maharashtra [Criminal Appeal No. 416 of 2018, decided on March 20, 2018] came under sharp criticism from several quarters and was also vigorously and, on some occasions, even violently protested against by the organizations and unorganized groups of people purporting to be the representatives of the class of people under...

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MUMBAI, INDIA - JUNE 16: LGBT members take out a march "Vigil for Love" as they protest against the attack on Orlando Gay nightclub and demand support and solidarity for victims of attack at Azad Maidan on June 16, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) Law

The bedroom goings-on must be no concern of the State unless there is a violation of the law involved, which is precisely the point one would do well to bear in mind when it comes to the issue of the constitutionality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in the light of the observations made by a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court of...

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Right to Privacy: Fundamental Right, Why Not? Law

State is a monster sentinel that serves only a vigilant master. When the master gets complacent, the monster takes over, and a tyrant is born and tyranny let loose. That’s the short and scary operating manual for democracy. The indubitable truth of the treacherous nature of all political systems no matter how well structured and how firmly founded is missed or doubted only by the...

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Taareekh Pe taareekh – Judicial Delays : A Lot More Needed, A Lot Sooner Law

For long before and ever since Sunny Deol thundered away the iconic ‘taareekh pe taareekh’ in Damini (1993), judicial delay has been a bone permanently stuck in the throat of Indian legal system apart from being a ready stick for anybody and everybody to beat it with by parading judicial delays as evidence of how completely ineffective and inefficient law enforcement in India is. The...

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Gujarat 2002: Defending the Indefensible? Law / Politics

Tavleen Singh’s widely shared opinion piece in the Indian Express titled Fifth column: Political pundits. Really? carried the byline that prominently quoted from the article declaring that: “In Gujarat in 2002, both Hindus and Muslims died, but we called it a pogrom and the demonisation of Narendra Modi began.” She started by pointing out that the ‘political pundits’ — whatever that means, but she counts herself among them — have...

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Aadhaar Act: Fraud on the Constitution? Law

The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery Of Financial And Other Subsidies, Benefits And Services) Act, 2016, or the ‘Aadhaar Act’ for short, started out as a government scheme after the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was established on January 28, 2009 by a notification issued by the Planning Commission, and Nandan Nilekani, the co-founder of Infosys, was appointed the head of the project on June 23,...

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THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ORDER: Bad in Law, Bad in Fact Law

First off, in stressing the need for the promotion of ‘constitutional patriotism’, the Supreme Court seems to have presupposed the existence of other kinds of patriotisms and to have also underscored the preferability of ‘constitutional patriotism’ to the other kinds, even if the apex court did not go as far as to deride or denounce the way ‘nationalism’ and ‘patriotism’ is being used as a...

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गणराज्य भारत के रास्ट्रपिता को शतशत नमन. 2 weeks ago

“Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth." -- Albert Einstein speaking of Mahatma Gandhi. 2 weeks ago

Hasn’t it been the case for the last five decades anyway? Why ‘minor’ though? 😝 twitter.com/BDUTT/status/1… 3 weeks ago

A civil war in India, if ever, would most likely be between Hindu Indians and Hindu Idiots. 😐 2 months ago

When men treat women as their 'precious property' to be guarded at all times, most women (not all) understand only the 'precious' part and ignore the 'property' part. They are happy until they realize the order of significance in which most men (not all) arrange those two words. 3 months ago

If Hindus condone the fundamentalist way in which the fringe Hindu elements have taken the center stage, tags like 'Hindu Talibans' and 'Hindu terrorists' would keep coming. Hindus must protect Hinduism from such branding by standing against violence in the name of religion. twitter.com/sambitswaraj/s… 3 months ago

What would she be called? Instead of the 'youngest billionaire', she should be called the 'First Crowd-Sourced Billionaire' -- a true 'democratic billionaire', a 'billionaire by the people'. Hopefully, she would also be 'for the people'. businessinsider.in/People-are-don… 3 months ago

I saw a video in which the people of Benaras expressed their dissatisfaction with the Modi government. Why not change it's name to 'Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Shiromani Hindu Nagar' and call it 'Modi masterstroke'? 3 months ago

@Tweet_WithLove @BDUTT If you find your nation the same then either you are blind and deaf, or you are talking of a nation other than India. And I am also an ordinary citizen who walks the same roads that you do everyday. Just that I can see, hear and empathise. 4 months ago

@ZMalekActor @NilanjanaSengu4 @awryaditi So, not the 'nostalgia and old movies', only the consumerist fixation with the new and the next is allowed to cloud one's judgment, right? Not Shakespeare or Dickens, but Chetan Bhagat must determine what's literature. Classics, after all, are old and nostalgia-inducing. 5 months ago

@NilanjanaSengu4 @ZMalekActor @awryaditi Also, Aamir and Shahrukh still don't have the body of work that could qualify them for such comparisons with Mr. Bachchan. Aamir Khan may still be in the reckoning. SRK? Certainly not. 5 months ago

@NilanjanaSengu4 @ZMalekActor @awryaditi Oh, by the way, if it is about the 'God Of Cinema' remark against someone's saying that it's Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan, well, I agree with you, and that's because it is a mistake to club Aamir and Shahrukh in a single bracket, to begin with. 5 months ago

@NilanjanaSengu4 @ZMalekActor @awryaditi You will stick to your opinion because you still consider your opinion defensible or simply because "everyone has their own opinion"? I don't know the context of this remark, but I find it funny that people want to "stick to their opinions" for such weird reasons. 5 months ago

@awryaditi @SrBachchan Also, please do understand that it morally obligatory for you to explain yourself because you can't assert the moral right to criticize someone for something that you practice yourself unless you categorically admit that the criticism is also, in part, self-criticism. 5 months ago

@awryaditi @SrBachchan Could you please enlighten us about your 'master creeper' reference to Mr. Bachchan? I am assuming you have some very strong reasons. And if not, your said remark falls in exactly the same category of 'abusive remarks/comments' that you are taking issue with. 5 months ago

@nytimes Look for one, find a thousand of such mindless people anywhere in the world. After all mindlessness is more widespreas than even air. It can be found in sulphur caves too. 😂 5 months ago

@SambittPatra But you can't understand this, can you? Saying that there is an atmosphere of intolerance is not the same thing as saying 'India is or Indians are intolerant', just like criticizing the PM or the government is not the same thing as being 'Anti-National', whatever that might mean. 5 months ago

@SambittPatra And the Supreme Court was never targeted. A motion for the impeachment of any judge does not imply a distrust of the courts or the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of India is not the Supreme Court. He is one of the judges of the Supreme Court, only 'first among the equals'. 5 months ago

@SambittPatra Any Bench for any matter will be convened by the CJI only. So, one should not approach the Supreme Court and should not accept the verdict if one is not satisfied with the way the CJI functions in order to protest or 'target'? 5 months ago

@chetan_bhagat So, you become this fountain of political sagacity only when your preferred political party is at the receiving end, or does your cup of wisdom brim with such sumptuous Machiavellian wine even otherwise? We know the answer, don't we? 5 months ago

@chetan_bhagat Because IT cells of the political parties -- including your openly and shamelessly preferred one -- are paid to tweet, but not to do 'instagramming', if that's even a verb yet. 5 months ago

@chetan_bhagat @Memeghnad Public accountability is not the same thing as legal accountability. When one is legally accountable, there are no debates; only legal consequences. There are Public debates when one is morally accountable, legal liability being the lowest threshold. 5 months ago

@chetan_bhagat No, they do not work on twitter either. Look at yourself. You are basically saying that there is no room for ethics in politics, which amounts to saying that politics is legitimately unethical. Only an unethical person can say that, even on Twitter, Mr. Bhagat. 5 months ago

@chetan_bhagat You are holding a mirror? Why don't you turn it to yourself for once? The first thing it would tell you is that you are not a writer. Start there, if you want to start with the truths. 5 months ago

फिल्में देखा कीजिये मोदी जी, फिल्में! “दूसरों के पाप गिनाने से तुम्हारे अपने पाप कम नहीं हो सकते। दूसरों के जुर्म साबित करने से ये सच्चाई नहीं बदल सकती की तुम भी एक मुजरिम हो।” -- दीवार (१९७५) तालियाँ!!! तालियाँ!!! तालियाँ!!! 5 months ago

Could we change the subject to something else, Mr. Modi. Why does your television switch on to and switch off from just one channel -- Congress. What they did or did not do is their problem. Tell us what you stand for, if anything? twitter.com/narendramodi_i… 5 months ago

Communalism is a Congress evil? Yes, could be. They let the 1984 happen, after all. But then, are we missing the irony here? twitter.com/narendramodi_i… 5 months ago

How does it matter what they are opposed to? They are not in power. You are. And if despite being in power you can be stopped or hassled by someone who has no power, there is something really very wrong with the people we have placed at the political apex. twitter.com/narendramodi/s… 5 months ago

There is no such thing as Triple Talaq in India after the Supreme Court judgment pronouncing it invalid. So, why are you 'abolishing' something that is not there? Don't you have something real to do? twitter.com/narendramodi/s… 5 months ago

The last I checked, Dr. Ambedkar was among the chief architects of the Indian Constitution and on 29 August, 1947 he was appointed Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee, and was India's first Law Minister under the rule of Congress. So, how was he 'humiliated', Mr. PM? twitter.com/narendramodi/s… 5 months ago

Now, our 'nationalist' government can't even pay for the maintenance of the National Monument, no less, from which the Prime Ministers of the nation -- including the current one -- have always addressed the nation on the National Independence Day? 6 months ago

एक प्रधानमंत्री: मित्रों! आप लोग बहुत पहले भारत छोड़ आये थे। पर अब गैस सिलिंडर आराम से मिलने लगा है। स्वीडन वासी भारतीय: ओह! गैस अभी भी सिलिंडर में ही आती है वहां?! 6 months ago

कोई स्वीडन में ये बता रहा है कि देश में गैस सिलिंडर अब आराम से मिल जाता है, और कोई ये बता रहा है कि हमारे पास तो सदियों, सदियों से इंटरनेट था। मतलब, बस गैस सिलिंडर का ही बन्दोबस्त नहीं हो पा रहा था महाभारत के समय से? 6 months ago

Oh, and what happened to the Indian, macho, protector, hero man that Bollywood kept promising release after release since the beginning of Indian films? twitter.com/nytimes/status… 6 months ago

"Sometimes right, sometimes wrong." Just a few years ago. in.reuters.com/article/uk-ind… 6 months ago

While we continue to suppress, oppress and massacre our daughters at home, they continue to make us proud overseas. Ashamed yet, Indians? Is it just me, or do you, too, feel utterly and particularly undeserving of them today? thehindu.com/sport/other-sp… 6 months ago

Justice for Asifa: 8yr old girl raped and murdered in Kathua, J&K - Sign the Petition! chn.ge/2EG7jVK via @ChangeOrg_India 6 months ago

@GrrrGraphics -- This is supposedly your take on Indian media. I have no objection at all if this is your perception of our media. You are entitled to your opinion. I am just trying to ascertain the truth in the times of lies. Please take my inquiry in the right spirit. 6 months ago

test Twitter Media - @GrrrGraphics -- This is supposedly your take on Indian media. I have no objection at all if this is your perception of our media. You are entitled to your opinion. I am just trying to ascertain the truth in the times of lies. Please take my inquiry in the right spirit. https://t.co/JplPEHQCqr

@GrrrGraphics -- Dear Mr. Garrison, Is this cartoon by you? 6 months ago

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And Saif Ali Khan and Tabu (Tabussam Fatima Hashmi) were converted by the court before they were acquitted, right, Khawaja? Or has this completely wayward man become more of a Muslim than others only because he has been convicted? indiatoday.in/india/story/sa… 6 months ago

“ये सियासत नहीं आसां, बस इतना समझ लीजे, एक थूँक का दरिया है, और चाट के जाना है।” -- अज्ञात मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब की ज़मीन में किन्ही भद्रजन के तनिक अभद्र शब्द, मुख्यमंत्री केजरीवाल जी की क्षमायाचना के सन्दर्भ में। 7 months ago

@GautamGambhir @SAfridiOfficial @UN There has been no 'dismissal' of any kind of ball, 'no' or 'yes', Mr. Gambhir. Metaphors are not your forte. Stay clear of them. 7 months ago

@SAfridiOfficial @UN Are you wondering who these people are who have been shot for being militants when you don't recognize them. "They can't be militants! We don't recognize any of them! Innocents killed! Innocents killed!! This time for real!!" Something like that? :-p 7 months ago

@SAfridiOfficial @UN That could be because the "UN & other intl bodies" know that there is such a thing as sovereignty, and also, unlike you, Mr. Afridi, they are not so sure if the ones killed were 'innocent'. Speaking of which, how exactly are you so sure, Mr. Afridi? 7 months ago

Isn't the 'postal system' supposed to be the 'delivery boy'? What else is the purpose of the 'postal system'? Is 'use' itself 'abuse'? One doesn't pay 'taxes' to use the 'postal system', does one? What kind of drunken logic is this? nytimes.com/2018/03/29/us/… 7 months ago

जब ‘कशिश’ जैसे नाम वाले लड़के मिलते हैं तो जी चाहता है पूछ ही लूँ, “भाई, पापा से कह के ‘जलपरी’ नाम ही क्यों नहीं रखवा लिया?” 😐 7 months ago

Why should someone even sound a warning in those terms? India is not as good a place as it could be precisely by reason of such morons who don't even know what to say in what words? outlookindia.com/website/story/… 7 months ago

And this is the man who is try to get things right between the two representatives of two communities. We are no Syria; at least I think so for now. Courts cannot be pressured into handing down verdicts of convenience for the threat of unrest. 7 months ago

@GauriKhanna20 No, Gauri, I don't think we are. Whenever a party gains near-absolute majority, it gets a little hegemonic. What you are witnessing is just majoritarianism, which is an aspect of democracy though not the prettiest. It has happened before, and will happen again. 8 months ago

The truth kills and brings you back to life. Lies turn you to ashes irreversibly and irredeemably. 8 months ago

An idea can change your life. And so can a wink. 😉 8 months ago

A monkey -- I am told -- challenged (empirically perhaps) Darwin's theory of evolution because he did not turn into a human being despite having been a minister for years. 9 months ago

क्षत्रियता निःस्वार्थ भाव से दुर्बल व दरिद्र व्यक्तियों की रक्षा व कल्याण करने में निहित है नाकि झूठे व स्वकल्पित गौरव के दमनकारी प्रवर्तन में। hrshindi.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/%E0… 9 months ago

पता चला है की ‘आधार’ वर्ष २०१७ का ‘वार्षिक शब्द’ (Word of the Year) माना गया है। २०१७ के पहले हम ‘आधारहीन’ थे ऎसा कुछ अन्तर्निहित सा जान पड़ता है। मेरे इस कथन से यदि राष्ट्रप्रेमी बंधुओं को आघात पंहुचा हो तो मैं क्षमाप्रार्थी हूँ। 9 months ago

@rsprasad @UIDAI Please get your facts right, Mr. Prasad. All news reports have cited the said FIR stating the names of the reporters and the Tribune as accused. Are you misinformed or are you misleading? Either way it reflects badly on you. indianexpress.com/article/india/… 9 months ago

Woman gets an entire plane to herself due to booking error goo.gl/XqZ34L -via @inshorts 9 months ago

@Ashish_Shukla_ And Happy Human Rights Day to you, too. 🙂 10 months ago

@Ashish_Shukla_ Thank you, Ashish. 🙂 10 months ago

@RakeshSharmaINC Thank you, Rakesh. 🙂 10 months ago

Says a lot about the government’s resolve to keep people informed. hindustantimes.com/india-news/mod… 10 months ago

Finally a stand I can appreciate Mr. Gandhi for. zeenews.india.com/india/no-way-t… 10 months ago

That people thought the saviour was at work with the magic wand of demonetization killing fake currency, corruption and black money in one smooth swipe displayed hope, irrationality and hero-worship all rolled into one. 10 months ago

So much for killing counterfeiting. How could that be an answer to fake currency anyway? Burning the books is not the same as closing the printing press. economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-… 10 months ago

Those who say money can’t buy love have no idea what all money can really buy. 😛 11 months ago

A fledgeling politician was found having sex like normal people. The question is: So?! goo.gl/BKhGSH 11 months ago

Stop talking of Bullet Train. Our trains might take matters in their own hands. 😝 zeenews.india.com/india/mumbai-t… 11 months ago

What's your Birthday Month? — December. l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 12 months ago

I'm a student of yours and the only reason I'm writing … — It is both difficult and easy for me to answer your que… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 12 months ago

Respect the Prime Minister and keep suffering, guys. India is changing, nay, developing. We just need more faith. timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad… 12 months ago

Perhaps this ‘represents’ Indian culture of the present day at least, right? timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/swis… 12 months ago

For the cracker-loving numbnuts, message from the divine. thehindu.com/sci-tech/energ… 12 months ago

Like crackers were not enough. Dhol too! 😑 12 months ago

2 Delhi cops suspended for failing to stop sale of crackers goo.gl/FXnDaA -via @inshorts 12 months ago

Sir what are your views on Aarushi murder case ? Do u t… — The acquittal was no surprise. All that I needed to say… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 12 months ago

Sir what is your email address ? Because hrs@hemrajsing… — This is not something you need to use ask.fm for. If yo… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 12 months ago

And Aadhaar was principally for better distribution for the sake of the poor, or was it? goo.gl/CRZCQQ 12 months ago

Wearing that underwear would not give you those abs. It's an ad, my dear, and that's a model whose principal qualification is the abs. 12 months ago

Afghanistan used half of its Air Force to protect Amitabh goo.gl/Rpo1Ub 1 year ago

And I thought Chetan Bhagat was just a crappy writer. How ignorant of me. 1 year ago

The temples and the statues are all they can deliver in the name of governance, is it? indianexpress.com/article/india/… 1 year ago

The jokes of a spiritual joker. goo.gl/ag92Li 1 year ago

Don't just show the map! Lead the way like a real adult. Leaving kids in the woods with a map is no good. goo.gl/iXdV4k 1 year ago

Sir thank u veryyy much for being kind , humble and gen… — You are welcome. I am glad I could be of some assistanc… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 1 year ago

Are u leftist , centrist or rightist? — I believe in generous/liberal fairness. Does that fall anywhere within tho… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 1 year ago

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