The Supreme Court recently decided to make its proceedings public. Shouldn’t the same degree of transparency be attached to all key constitutional posts?
The triple talaq and right to privacy rulings, as well as the Punjab and Haryana high court’s comment after the Panchkula violence, have shown the importance of judiciary in a functioning democracy – to assist, reflect and question.
Regardless of the Supreme Court’s final verdict, the false dichotomy between privacy and welfare must be expunged.
Sindhis, who had become homeless and penniless overnight, built schools, colleges and became doctors, helping not only themselves but countless others.
The success of Rajiv Kumar’s tenure, who has moved from the left of the ideological spectrum to the right, will depend whether he succeeds in moving the Aayog away from being a government mouthpiece and creating a shared narrative around job creation.
The Delhi high court is hearing three writ petitions that question the exception under Section 375 that allows a man to rape his wife is she is more than 15 years old.
The Awami League government said the ruling could “undermine” the sovereign parliament’s authority.
Actor Renuka Shahane on the #NotInMyName protests and the government’s failure to safeguard the basic tenets of democracy.
Not only has the Centre gone against federal values, it’s new ban on cattle trade for slaughter infringes on a number of fundamental rights.
President Maduro’s comments came after criticism from opponents and some within his own government that his plan for a new constitution was undemocratic.
It seems like Indian courts have forgotten that democracy is meant not only for those in power, but also for dissidents.
Sixty-seven years ago, on November 25, 1949, B.R. Ambedkar addressed India’s Constituent Assembly for the last time. Here is the full text of his speech.
The 1998 case helped Justice Prabha Sridevan understand the social fabric of India. And, she writes, it convinced her that of all the institutions of a democracy, the court was the most crucial.
Devolving some presidential powers could make it easier for the political elite to manage a succession by splitting key roles between different players not concentrating power in one successor.
The anger over constitutional reservations for women is being expressed in a negative way only because of a larger atmosphere of frustration in the state.
Instilling a feeling of national unity can be a legitimate state interest but such a feeling cannot be pursued at the cost of individual liberty.
The court’s appeal to constitutional patriotism in its order on the national anthem demonstrates a forsaking of intellectual enquiry into political theory and law, and a perilous road to judicial hegemony.
As we hurtle towards being an Aadhaar nation, it is imperative that a legal framework, to protect our cherished rights to security and life, is created.
The media is meant to report the truth, but the structure and vested interests of the Indian press have stopped that from happening.
Executive director of Amnesty International India responds to the charges of “sedition” and “promoting enmity” filed against the organisation by Bengaluru police on Independence Day.
The governments need to realise their obligation towards the marginalised and cannot wait for the courts to remind them of their duties.
Ram Bahadur Rai’s dismissal of the Constitution is not new, what is new is his attack on Ambedkar.
With the Sangh Parivar extolling Ambedkar as part of its political agenda, it is important to debunk the myth of him being anti-Muslim. With excerpts from Ambedkar on Muslims by Anand Teltumbde, published by Vak Publication.
Was Madhav Godbole’s speech cancelled because he was critical about cow slaughter and other issues of interest to the Maharashtra government?
Although a reform in the electoral cycle could limit the amount of money and time spent in electioneering, experts believe the idea could be motivated by political considerations.
When entitlements are denied or reduced, we instinctively turn to the constitution but the constitution itself is wide open to interpretation as per the ideological orientations and personal beliefs of those in power.
When a regime stifles campus voices and public discourse by invoking the nation as a deity, it is working against the Constitutional vision of a nation of a billion conversations and questions
The nation has faced many challenges over the year, but is still poised to grow
His speech in Parliament showed a conciliatory Narendra Modi, but he must now lead his party away from mindless political Hindutva
The Judiciary now has the right to say what the Constitution should be. This is a perversion of democracy
The former CAG writes that the ongoing stalemate in Delhi is traceable not only to the political tussle between the AAP and BJP governments in the city and Centre but also the Home Ministry’s hasty intervention on a sensitive issue