The 2019 Presidential Order and the Reorganization of J&K is inconsistent with and in contravention of the scheme, language and spirit of Article 370, and is, thus, constitutionally unsound.
One might disagree with the content of someone's speech or the way the freedom of expression is used or misused, but that by itself is no reason to call for its curtailment because the luminance of the freedom of expression far outweighs and outshines the flickering darkness of a few grey shadows that the presence of light might cast.
The special sitting of the Supreme Court on April 20, 2019, convened and presided over by the Chief Justice of India (CJI), Justice Ranjan Gogoi, with Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna forming the bench to deal with a matter “of great public importance touching upon the independence of the judiciary” was quite clearly not a judicial hearing to adjudicate the complaint filed by...
During a press conference at the White House on November 7, 2018, President Trump responded to CNN’s Jim Acosta’s searching questions relating to the President’s diatribe against the immigrants saying, “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.” Acosta persisted with his questions and refused to let go of the microphone when a White House intern tried to take it from...
With Navtej Singh [Navtej Singh v. Union of India, Writ Petition (Criminal) No. 76 of 2016, Decided on: September 6, 2018] ruling the Supreme Court brought down the axe heavily and surely on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 shearing off in one fine blow all such undesirable aspects of the provision that did not agree with the constitutional morality, which the apex...
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...
ज़ीस्त एहसास भी है, शौक़ भी है, दर्द भी है, सिर्फ़ अनफ़ास की तरतीब का अफ़साना नहीं। ...
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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It's a matter of pride that a Muslim is a professor of Sanskrit. If you don't like it, I can't even call you an ass or a swine or even crap, for it would be an insult to the noble animals and soil-fertilizing excreta, which does more good in the world than you can ever hope to. 2 weeks ago
In a country where Chetan Bhagat is asked to speak on literature, literature can only pity itself. 1 month ago
@chetan_bhagat It amazes me how naive people can be, even people who are moderately educated such as yourself, Chetan. Countries are not people. It's not friendships that govern foreign policies, it's self-interest. Besides, Trump is an imbecile child-man. His words and gestures mean nothing. 3 months ago
In such an acutely vitiated political atmosphere, Exit Polls are more unreliable than they ever were. Even if BJP returns to power, the final results are almost certain to deviate from the exit polls substantially, if not drastically. 7 months ago
"Love is a verb." - Coffee Shop (2014) 7 months ago
Silence maintains the illusion of wisdom beyond the reach of discerning radars. 7 months ago
Probably BJP was feeling ignored by the Election Commission (EC). So, they fielded Pragya Thakur. And now the EC seems unable to keep from serving notices on her one after the other. 😅 7 months ago
@dissolving_mind @virsanghvi Also, being an old practice is not the same thing as being the right one. Besides, a commoner saying something and a Prime Minister saying it are not the same thing either. Those are a few differences that readily come to mind. However, you are entitled to your opinion. 7 months ago
@akshaykumar No problem. Please continue. We might even call your contribution 'Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)'. Citizenship is not a 'non-political' issue, especially when you take upon yourself to conduct 'non-political' interviews of 'our' politicians during the time of 'our' elections. 7 months ago
'Love' is blind also to the behavioural, cultural and intellectual poverty of the object of love in addition to its general blindness to all things relevant. 7 months ago
@kritish2007 @tavleen_singh And how exactly do you know her ordeal in such intimate detail? She was a terror suspect under arrest on charges of having killed her own countrymen. Terror suspects are not questioned softly. What is this 'leftist' rant? And who is a leftist? The one who talks of the poor? 8 months ago
@battakhushboo23 Pragya Thakur is not so much of a political candidate as she is part of the hardline posturing that started with Yogi Adityanath's appointment as UP's CM. It's simply about how far can they push the envelope on the force of 'Modi wave', which might be waning but is not out yet. 8 months ago
@virsanghvi Accused of killing her own countrymen for the politics of hatred, she goes on to belittle the sacrifice of a police officer who laid down his life in defense of his countrymen. And she is contesting to represent the same countrymen in Parliament. Layered cake of insults, that. 8 months ago
@narendramodi Unless one is voting for you, one is not voting for the nation, right? These kiddies seem unaware that they wouldn't be electing a 'head of the government' but an MP. They don't know the first thing about Parliamentary Democracy. They are not electors, they are cheerleaders. 8 months ago
@ashokepandit "Doosron ke paap ginaane se apne paap kam nahin hote." Salim-Javed made one of his characters say that in one of the films written by them. Filmein dekha keejiye filmein, Pandit ji. 'Deewar' hi dekh leejiye jab tak Vivek Oberoi sahab ki behtareen adaakari parde pe nahin aati. 😂 8 months ago
No, I am not a chowkidaar. I am a citizen of India whose interest the chowkidaars are constitutionally bound to protect and serve. 9 months ago
Chowkidar Narendra Modi?! Really now? This gimmick from the Prime Minister of India? Clever comebacks are fine for election rallies. Twitter profile of the Indian Prime Minister is unfit for electoral rhetoric. Maybe Modi couldn’t really be anything other than a BJP campaigner. 9 months ago
So, again, how much damage did we inflict on the terror organization after risking the lives of our brave pilots who conducted the airstrikes, and after making Wing Commander Abhinandan go through the ordeal? Or is it an anti-national question these days? 9 months ago
"We do not count human casualties," says the IAF. The Prime Minister tells us to trust the Armed Forces (the fact of airstrike is not under question anyway). So, not trusting the number of casualties initially given until established does not amount to distrusting the forces. 9 months ago
If we all remain patriotic and nationalistic, the 250/300/350 unconfirmed casualties of the airstrike would remain dead even if some, many or none of them died. Faith keeps finding new ways to kill, shall we say? 9 months ago
People crying for war with Pakistan neither understand war, nor Pakistan, nor 'war with Pakistan'. 9 months ago
All military engagements, howsoever small, are serious situations involving human casualties. Stop dancing around. This is not a wedding. 9 months ago
Let's bring the celebratory drumming down a few notches, shall we? We have done what needed to be done. The air strike was more of a retaliatory gesture than a solution. There are no lasting solutions on the battlefield. 9 months ago
No, that is not entirely true. India has called it a 'non-military' strike. That description has been carefully used to communicate that the strike was not against Pakistan but against JeM within Pakistani territory. We want no war. That has been the message. twitter.com/GulPanag/statu… 10 months ago
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