Of clouds & rains

Among the many shameful remarks made by prime minister Narendra Modi during this election campaign, his comments on his role in the Balakot strike including his contention that he over-ruled the advice of the Air Force regarding bad-weather with the…

Financial misconduct

The officers who are mandated to remain in charge of the public exchequer by the Government in a fiduciary capacity or as quasi trustees for a limited period cannot behave as if the same was in absolute terms of something…

Web of life

The over-exploitation of the natural resources and rapacious consumption of ecologically diverse plant life appears to have reached a point where a re-think of the new and capital development model needs to be done to prevent further damage to flora…

Unfair process

Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice A P Shah has rightly pointed out that the case of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice of India would “haunt the Supreme Court for years to come”. The highly insensitive manner…

Corrupt State

Does the Government of Nagaland consider corrupt practices as unlawful, morally unjustifiable and in totality unacceptable with zero tolerance? If it is so, then what mechanism or a system of watch and vigilance is in active mode to bring the…

Hate speech

During every election season, amidst the electioneering heat, the level of discourse plunges to dirty levels with allegations, counter-allegations, mud-slinging, hate rhetoric or abuses coming to the fore. 2019 is exceptional. Not only is the flavour of the season full…

Dialogue needed

Deaths of at least 15 security personnel in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Gadhchiroli area of Maharashtra last week is a grim reminder of the Indian state’s continued failure to tackle naxalism in different parts of the country.…

Bilkis Bano case

The Supreme Court direction to Gujarat government to pay compensation of Rs 50 lakh besides a job to a gang-rape survivor of 2002 communal pogrom in the state Bilkis Bano is a welcome decision. By delivering such a decision and…

Representative government

The Madras High Court verdict saying that the Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi should not interfere in the day-to-day working of the Union Territory is a welcome directive so far as the powers of the elected government are concerned. It appears…

Dangerous signs

Even after 70 years of independence, democratic institutions, courts and law enforcing agencies appear to have miserably failed in de-criminalising politics in the country. It is unfortunate that the largest number of politicians facing criminal cases including framing of charges…