NARCO-ANALYSIS: Constitutionally Questionable Law

So, finally the Nithari Killings case seems to have been solved and the guilty brought to book – “thanks to the truth serum,” many of us are likely to add. Truth Serum is used to extract the truth but what is thus ‘extracted’ may not, necessarily, be the truth. But before we proceed to the efficacy and reliability of a method, the question of legality...

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The ‘Judicial Adventurism’ Judgment is Judicial Adventurism Law

Supreme Court’s ‘Judicial Adventurism’ judgment could not have come at a more inopportune moment and in no worse form than obiter dicta. At a time when the walls of Parliament are still trembling with the parliamentarians’ deafening cry for ‘judicial accountability’ and when the Indian legislature seems to be bent upon ‘reining in’ the judiciary that has been fiercely independent all these years, a two-judge...

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RANG DE BASANTI: What a synthetic nightmare! Movies

So, the story begins: an all white woman wants to make an all ‘brown’ documentary on India looking through the lens of a long spent yesterday….so…that would be…I guess…a yellowish-brown, dusty documentary of some sort. Naturally, the Englishmen are not interested in something so ‘untouchable’. Therefore, she is left alone with her idea. Alone, but resolute, she comes down to India to shoot her documentary...

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The invisible hand Philosophy

Who decides what one will be? In whose hands does one’s future lie? These are the questions that sound big and ring loud. Let’s try the smallest possible question. Who decides what one thinks? Now, anybody can answer this one. And nearly everyone would come up with a wrong reply, for the most obvious answer is not quite the answer. It is not the thinker...

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Photo Courtesy: The National General

Teary, he stood watching from a safe distance. The strong jack-rod came crashing on the feeble wooded pillars supporting the hut-like shelter that had so far protected him and his juice-drinking customers from the scorching sun. Eight uniformed policemen stood watch to prevent any unlawful interference in law enforcement. Four of the policemen had pistols hanging from their waists in the holsters that hid most...

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt Law

In an article titled Dance of the Wolves in Tehelka (weekly magazine; Vol. 5, Issue 17), the box declares: Many of the accused were given anticipatory bail even before they were arrested. The result: accused are roaming free. Well, for the sake of clarification, anticipatory bail can only, and only, be granted ‘before the arrest’. After the arrest, it’s regular bail. And ‘accused’ are ‘roaming free’...

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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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Lamhaa: No ‘story’ and nothing ‘untold’ Movies

Training camera on Kashmir’s truth is no child’s play because there are simply too many versions of too many truths involved in the composite reality of the blood-soaked heaven-on-earth. Likewise, understanding the politics of Kashmir is quite a daunting task because there are just too many players with varied interests grinding their respective axes. Lamhaa promises to tell the ‘untold story of Kashmir’ and ends...

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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?! 1 day 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? 1 day 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… 3 days ago

"Sometimes right, sometimes wrong." Just a few years ago. in.reuters.com/article/uk-ind… 3 days 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… 5 days ago

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@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. 2 weeks 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… 2 weeks 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। 2 weeks 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. 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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? 2 weeks 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/… 3 weeks 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?” 😐 1 month 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/… 1 month 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. 1 month 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. 2 months ago

The truth kills and brings you back to life. Lies turn you to ashes irreversibly and irredeemably. 2 months ago

An idea can change your life. And so can a wink. 😉 2 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. 3 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… 3 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। 3 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/… 3 months ago

Woman gets an entire plane to herself due to booking error goo.gl/XqZ34L -via @inshorts 3 months ago

@Ashish_Shukla_ And Happy Human Rights Day to you, too. 🙂 4 months ago

@Ashish_Shukla_ Thank you, Ashish. 🙂 4 months ago

@RakeshSharmaINC Thank you, Rakesh. 🙂 4 months ago

Says a lot about the government’s resolve to keep people informed. hindustantimes.com/india-news/mod… 4 months ago

Finally a stand I can appreciate Mr. Gandhi for. zeenews.india.com/india/no-way-t… 4 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. 4 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-… 4 months ago

Those who say money can’t buy love have no idea what all money can really buy. 😛 5 months ago

A fledgeling politician was found having sex like normal people. The question is: So?! goo.gl/BKhGSH 5 months ago

Stop talking of Bullet Train. Our trains might take matters in their own hands. 😝 zeenews.india.com/india/mumbai-t… 5 months ago

What's your Birthday Month? — December. l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 6 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… 6 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… 6 months ago

Perhaps this ‘represents’ Indian culture of the present day at least, right? timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/swis… 6 months ago

For the cracker-loving numbnuts, message from the divine. thehindu.com/sci-tech/energ… 6 months ago

Like crackers were not enough. Dhol too! 😑 6 months ago

2 Delhi cops suspended for failing to stop sale of crackers goo.gl/FXnDaA -via @inshorts 6 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… 6 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… 6 months ago

And Aadhaar was principally for better distribution for the sake of the poor, or was it? goo.gl/CRZCQQ 6 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. 6 months ago

Afghanistan used half of its Air Force to protect Amitabh goo.gl/Rpo1Ub 6 months ago

And I thought Chetan Bhagat was just a crappy writer. How ignorant of me. 6 months ago

The temples and the statues are all they can deliver in the name of governance, is it? indianexpress.com/article/india/… 6 months ago

The jokes of a spiritual joker. goo.gl/ag92Li 6 months 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 6 months 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… 7 months ago

Are u leftist , centrist or rightist? — I believe in generous/liberal fairness. Does that fall anywhere within tho… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 7 months ago

There ? Eager waiting for answers ☺🙈🙃 — Hopefully, in answering a few pending questions, I answered a few of you… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 7 months ago

What are your views on Karl Marx's theory of Communism? — Although I am familiar with the theory, but I don't thin… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 7 months ago

Sir what according to u is a solution to d Kashmir issu… — I don't have the required competence to answer the ques… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 7 months ago

Sir, you are an inspiration to your students ... but h… — I guess I answered the question already. One thing that… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 7 months ago

Have u learnt anything ( life lessons ) from your stude… — No, no life lessons really. They are way too inexperien… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 7 months ago

Sir why aren't u answering questions ??? — That's because I do not answer all questions here any longer. It was ju… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 7 months ago

A waste management program could raise employment. No forward thinking plan was put in place. We only got theatrics for the money. 7 months ago

With the money collected, the government could put together a viable waste management program by private-public participation. #SwachhBharat 7 months ago

That was like paying the maid to clean the house, and then cleaning it yourself because the maid said so. #SwachhBharatAbhiyan 7 months ago

They imposed a Swachch Bharat cess. Took our money for cleanliness. And asked us to keep Bharat clean. And it made sense to so many of us. 7 months ago

Why is Modi above criticism and why is this tendency to silence all criticism of the incumbent Prime Minister? 7 months ago

This is the kind of shit that irritates me in the stupid times of Modi worship. indianexpress.com/article/india/… 7 months ago

Except for plurality, nothing quite 'represents Indian culture'. 7 months ago

Taj Mahal is as much Indian as any temple or any other monument. goo.gl/uz7abu 7 months ago

Why do all anchors behave like Goswami these days? This is not journalism; this is badgering. twitter.com/brajeshlive/st… 7 months ago

Indian morals? We have a different set of ethics than the rest of the world? goo.gl/U21pgN 7 months ago

Rohingyas A Terror Threat? NDTV Finds Little Evidence Of Government Claim - NDTV.com m.ndtv.com/india-news/roh… 7 months ago

Stop abusing on the field. That would serve the world better. financialexpress.com/sports/to-prac… 7 months ago

Petrol prices may come down from Rs 70 to Rs 38 under GST. Will government do it? m.indiatoday.in/story/petrol-p… 7 months ago

Sir what kind of students do u like or enjoy while teac… — Attentive and receptive, as the students should be. Mor… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 7 months ago

Single? — Not for anybody to whom it matters. l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 7 months ago

Mr. Gandhi, I, for one, am fine with your telling the world that all India is shit. Just don't say it's alright to be shit for that reason. 7 months ago

Arnab Goswami made fun of Karan Johar along with Rahul Gandhi. Did Johar disclose that he did not vote for the BJP? :-p 7 months ago

If this was a political assassination, the perpetrators and their protectors must pay both legal and political price for it. 7 months ago

A true journalist is nobody's friend. He or she is the speaker of the truth and revealer of the facts. Such people have enemies all around. 7 months ago

What really happened, and who did what are important questions to be answered before we point fingers even if we know where the rot is. 7 months ago

What's this debate really about? A journalist has been slain for the journalism she practiced. Let's get to the bottom of it, and then talk. 7 months ago

Kevin Rudd's following an account featuring a picture of a scantily clad woman raised eyebrows. How tame. :-p nyti.ms/2xUuVnD 7 months ago

There you go. The world takes note. twitter.com/nytimesworld/s… 7 months ago

Could self-reinforcing self-righteousness be one of the reasons? 8 months ago

Why does Mr. Modi only follows the supporters of the Hindu Nationalism project? Why aren't his critics on the list? 8 months ago

If Mr. Modi follows Mr. Bachchan, Mr. Tendulkar, Ms. Arundhati Roy, Mr. Amartya Sen and the likes, it is understandable. Why Dadhich? 8 months ago

Why does the Indian Prime Minister follow absolute nobodys on Twitter? To stay in touch with the masses? Masses without the critics, is it? 8 months ago

Is that an undemocratic autocrat at the helm who demands unquestioning obedience? indianexpress.com/article/india/… 8 months ago

The godman turns out a common criminal. goo.gl/k5cZE3 8 months ago

20 years is not so bad for Baba ji. This would be the true 'sanyaas' for the unholy Baba. 😝 8 months ago

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