Law


Richard Nixon and the Watergate Scandal Law / Politics

Impeachment of the constitutional authorities is a cumbersome process all over the world, and it has been made difficult so that the possibility of impeachment does not prevent or discourage the authorities from taking strong or largely unpopular measures in long-term public interest. Not only can the constitutional authorities not be impeached easily, but also cannot be impeached on the expressly stated grounds. While in...

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BILL CLINTON: A President and a Sexual Predator? Law / Politics

It is in the very nature of power to be intoxicating, which is why it tends to make inroads into the psyche of the powerful and makes them act irresponsible. Bill Clinton was just one of them who thought he could get away with. And, interestingly, he pretty much did. Of course, he had to carry the blemish, but his presidency sailed through the impeachment...

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M. F. HUSSAIN: The Painter Who Died Elsewhere Law / People

Liberal tolerance may not be a virtue at all times, but fundamentalist intolerance is always a deplorable vice. And there have been many artists, writers, social reformers and spiritual leaders who have suffered on account of such intolerance. However, sooner or later – most often later rather than sooner – the world found a way of making peace with them as it realized that it...

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SANJAY DUTT: A Life of Endless Turmoil Law / People

The struggle stories comprising of sleeping-on-the pavement anecdotes are quite common in the film industry – Hollywood or Bollywood – with some of them real, others fake, and among the fakes some are spiced up realities while others are plain lies. Then, there are those fake stories that are tall tales told by the artists themselves whereas there are others that are the thoughtful PR...

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MICHAEL JACKSON: A CHILD ABUSER ‘KING OF POP’? Law / People

“MTV Generation” is a rather dismissive way of referring to the ‘ferociously independent’ – whatever that means – and ‘loud-music loving’ generation of youths with heavily ‘studded’ nostrils, earlobes and eyebrows, and sometimes, well, also the tongue, navel and what not. That, of course, is just one of the impressions that many oldies carry. There might certainly be many other equally, more or less charitable...

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SHAYAN MUNSHI: Better Known For Courtroom Lies Than Acting Law / People

The boy-next-door-look coupled with a conventional model’s body gave him some of his modeling contracts and also landed him a Bollywood flick with acclaimed Indian actors, Rahul Bose and Sanjay Suri. What’s more, the movie turned out to be a hit. We have neither forgotten Jhankar Beats , nor Shayan Munshi, the unsure lover boy, but he is remembered far less for the part he...

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Facebook and the Law: Nothing ‘Private’ About It Law

Sharing is life. Enter Facebook. No, I am not beginning to run it down for the simple reason that for all its flaws and ill-effects – if ‘it’ has any of those and not the users – it is a remarkable tool to connect and answers to our most basic need at all times since the Stone Age – collaboration. Yes, ‘collaboration’ is indeed a...

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No ‘clean chit’ possible, Mr. Modi Law / Politics

Modi’s ‘clean chit’ flag-hoisting followed by the pompous ‘fasting’ and the post-fast boasting was a three-stage tragi-comedy of no consequence and left me more disgusted than amused exposing my misgivings about my ability to go giggling even over the most ridiculously phony theatrics. Mr. Modi, who had maintained a ‘studied’ – rather, ‘tactful’ – political silence, finally found a bit of his voice when he...

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Freedom of Press: Is Regulation Encroachment? Law

Unhe raha gurez jis bewajah ke shor se; Jamooriyat hai zinda un kehkahon ke zor se Democracies are clamorous because people are noisy, and the senseless noises they make are generally not only of no consequence, but are also born of selfish motives in most cases while in some it’s plain malice at work. But, it is this baffling disorder that is the heart and...

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Jihadist Terrorism: Is Death Penalty Enough? Law

With Kasab’s judicially mandated death, if and when it takes place, we would finally have the satisfaction of having buried another drying leaf of the carnivorous forest of terrorism. Of course, none of us is naïve enough to believe that the forest would even do as much as spend a moment in silence at the burial. It’s business as usual. But the newly planted saplings...

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