Italian Marines v. Union of India

Italian Marines v. Union of India

The ongoing controversy over the refusal of the Italian government to permit the return of the marines has attracted a lot of attention of the press, public and politicians. The blame game has begun with the opposition accusing the ruling UPA-2 of conniving in orchestrating their departure while calls for […]

 

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  • The #2G Presidential Reference: An Exercise in Futility

    The #2G Presidential Reference: An Exercise in Futility

    The Supreme Court’s judgment in the #2G Presidential reference case has led the government to claim vindication. Several media outlets sympathetic to the government have also hailed the judgment while its critics have claimed the opposite. So its worth taking a quick look at it. This reference was quite controversial […]

     
  • Escape to Nowhere: A Riveting Narrative of the Rabinder Singh Saga

    Escape to Nowhere: A Riveting Narrative of the Rabinder Singh Saga

    Though the story outline is well known, I found the narrative to be riveting. Like other books written by bureaucrats that I have so far read, it is told in very simple and straight language, gets right down to the heart of the matter without wasting much effort in prolonged […]

     
  • Analysis of the RTE Judgment: Part I – The Question of Severability

    Analysis of the RTE Judgment: Part I – The Question of Severability

    The RTE Act is probably one of the most radical attempts at social engineering ever conducted in India. Few enactments in our country can rival it in terms of its reach or the level of its intrusiveness into the lives of ordinary residents. It signals, truly in every sense, the […]

     
  • Managing Dissent: A Response to P.B. Mehta

    Managing Dissent: A Response to P.B. Mehta

    P.B. Mehta’s case in yesterday’s op-ed titled ”Do not disagree” is that a bumbling, incompetent and intolerant state is unleashing its draconian powers now against NGOs in an attempt to stifle dissent. There is no doubt an element of truth in this. We have seen enough investigations, inquiries and anonymous insinuations against Team Anna, Devas […]

     
  • UPA 2.0: A Record Examined

    UPA 2.0: A Record Examined

    It has been more than two years since the UPA2.0 government came to power and seven years since a Congress led dispensation assumed power in Delhi. A lot of water has flown under the bridge during this time and the ruling coalition has firmly put its stamp in many areas […]

     
  • A Hagiography of the First Family

    A Hagiography of the First Family

    This account by Rani Singh is a hagiography of Sonia Gandhi. The author makes it clear right at the start that she does not intend it to be a definitive political critique of Sonia Gandhi but “to tell the story…using research and interviews with those who know or have known her” which […]

     
  • Key Issues in the Lokpal Debate

    Key Issues in the Lokpal Debate

    I am writing this as a quick primer for dummies on some key issues involved in the Lokpal bill. 1. Appointments: The key question has been whether the political as opposed to the “apolitical” government must have primacy in the selection committee and whether a search committee with civil society […]

     
  • Role of a Model Legislator

    Role of a Model Legislator

    The parliamentary prerogative versus people’s rights debate has been playing itself out in the media ever since the Anna Hazare movement began. Anna Hazare’s slogan has been that people are the masters and the government exists to serve them; they should therefore listen to the “voice of the people” as […]