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allahabad high court judges’ forum delves into lacunae in system, talks about changes

above: a grab of the state level judicial officers’ conference 2017 held in lucknow. courtesy apn   a first-ever such gathering of judicial officers in up saw justice j chelameswar bring up critical issues ~by sujit bhar issues about ...




rohingya affidavit to sc: leak puts govt on backfoot, says it was an “incomplete” document

above: rohingya refugees crossing the bangladesh-myanmar border. photo: uni home minister rajnath singh clarifies that affidavit on the rohingya deportation issue will be filed in the supreme court on sept 18. rumours indicate a slight watered-down version an indian...




aap leader approaches supreme court on retweet-related suit

in the petition of aam aadmi party (aap) leader raghav chadha —who alleges that he has been made to face a criminal defamation case just for retweeting delhi chief minister arvind kejriwal‘s tweet against union minister arun jaitley—his counsel on friday (september 15) approached the supreme court bench of chief justice dipak misra and justices dy chandrachud and am khanwilkar, asking for th...




supreme court stays warrant against activist madhu kishwar

above: the delhi high court did not grant a stay to madhu kishwar. photo: youtubeactivist madhu kishwar on friday (september 15) got a stay on a j&k court’s non-bailable warrant in relation to a defamation suit filed by a kashmir newspaper editor for a few tweets on kashmir.kishwar’s counsel, senior advocate kapil sibal...




rohingya affidavit “incomplete”, sent “inadvertently” to lawyers

above: rohingya refugees crossing the bangladesh-myanmar border. photo: unihome minister rajnath singh clarifies that affidavit on the rohingya deportation issue will be filed in the supreme court on sept 18. rumours indicate a slight watered-down versionan indian government affidavit—actually a draft of the intended affidavit—giving the government’s view on why the rohingyas need to be deported back to myanmar, is being modified by the union home ministry. in what can be called a setback for the ministry, the “incomplete” draft had been “inadvertently” sent by the union law ministry to some lawyers. that draft is out in public domain.on friday, union home minister rajnath singh was forced to clarify that the centre will file i...




time to reset the narrative on depicting rape through images

above: one of the stock images indian news outlets have traditionally used to depict sexual assault. photo: courtesy  breakthrough india~by ariel sophia bardion a balmy sunday in april, a few dozen designers sat at a pub in south delhi scrutinizing a projection screen. it showed an illustration of a woman in a torn violet shirt. a pair of bangles hung off her wrist. she cowered close to the floor, her head sunk between her hands. on the wall behind her, a man’s shadow loomed menacingly.“she’s being shown as a weakling,” someone in the front row said. “we need to show her as a survivor.”a few designers objected to the artfully ripped clothing, which had a cinematic quality, conjuring the image of a heroine roughed up, yet still g...




we indians love to argue, hate to lose an argument

  ~by dilip bobbwhen nobel laureate amartya sen titled his book “the argumentative indian”, he was stating the obvious. we indians love to argue, over love—and everything else, and here’s another obvious truth, we hate to lose an argument, which means we end up with arguments that never end and a possible title for sen’s next book—the angry indian. here’s a look at some prominent arguments that seem to have no ending.why india needs a bullet train: the fastest growing economy needs faster trains, especially when it connects gujarat to the rest of the country. gujaratis have a yen for fast-track development and for leapfrogging technology that will propel old india to new india faster than, well, …a speeding bullet. the best ...




the late pp rao was a veteran of constitutional law

this eminent lawyer appeared for many important cases and left a mark with his outspokenness and charming nature~by neelesh singh raopavani parameswara rao (july 1, 1933-september 13, 2017) who passed away recently following a short illness at the age of 84, was an eminent constitutional expert and pedagogue of jurisprudential science.born on july 1, 1933, rao studied at hyderabad’s osmania university. he started his career in 1961 teaching law in the university of delhi. he was enrolled as an advocate by the bar council of delhi in 1967 and thereafter started practice in the supreme court. during this time, he assisted leading lawyers of the time such as hm seervai, mc setalvad, ck daphtary, nc chatterjee, sv gupte, ak sen, niren de, etc....




facebook moves to prevent advertisers from targeting haters

following a propublica report that advertisers could use facebook to reach self-identified anti-semites, the company said it would remove all audience categories based on users’ reports of their interests, education and employment~by daniel goldenin the wake of propublica’s report thursday that facebook advertisers could have directed pitches to almost 2,300 people interested in “jew hater” and other anti-semitic topics, the world’s largest social network said it would no longer allow advertisers to target groups identified by self-reported information.“as people fill in their education or employer on their profile, we have found a small percentage of people who have entered offensive responses,” the company said in a statement...




allahabad high court judges’ forum delves into lacunae in system

above: a grab of the state level judicial officers’ conference 2017 held in lucknow. courtesy apn  a first-ever such gathering of judicial officers in up saw justice j chelameswar bring up critical issues~by sujit bharissues about how to improve the functioning of the subordinate judiciary, improve its image and reduce the humongous pendency have been hanging fire for a long time. solutions aren’t easy, but the first step towards it was in accepting that the problems exist and in addressing it at a formal forum.the state level judicial officers’ conference 2017 for hjs officers, held under the auspices of the allahabad high court, at the high court auditorium in lucknow on september 9 and 10 proved to be the right forum.the function w...




ryan international killing: how safe are our schools?

the juvenile justice (care and protection of children) act, 2000 (repealed and replaced in 2015) made it mandatory for a child welfare committee to be set up in each district, with the powers of a first-class judicial magistrate. the committees are tasked with looking into the care, protection, development and rehabilitation of children. it does not seem to have made much difference. the delhi commission for protection of child rights (dcpcr) four years ago had suggested a set of comprehensive guidelines for prevention of child abuse in schools and other educational institutions. however, their half-hearted implementation by the delhi government has rendered them toothless. the lack of implementation is visible in the lack of knowledge among...




articles of faith: in the eye of political storm

~by inderjit badhwarthe people of kashmir embraced india and spurned pakistan well before india embraced kashmir. how many people recognise this fact as the strongest building block on which to re-establish the trust and camaraderie which made kashmir an irrevocable part of the indian union in 1947?very few. largely because most of us are guided by emotion and political expediency. in today’s climate of instant punditry, few of us want to bother to educate ourselves to make informed judgments. prime minister modi, much to the consternation of his critics, his support base, and the hindu hardliners, appears to have taken an enlightened approach towards trying to calm things down in kashmir on the basis of historical realpolitik rather than ...




what’s the buzz in the media world? a sneak peek from il

media under the gunthe murder of prominent journalist/activist gauri lankesh has sent shockwaves through the entire media fraternity in india. the message it sends is unequivocal and ominous: critics of right-wing hindutva politics have a target painted on their back. gauri’s activism covered many areas but criticism of the bjp and the threat it posed to indian society was a recurring theme. she even snapped a friendship of 35 years with theatre person prakash belawadi when he became media adviser to the bjp in 2014. her activism started when she became editor of lankeshpatrike, started by her late father, p lankesh. her outspoken views led to a falling-out with her brother, and she started her own kannada weekly called gauri lankesh patri...




no blanket ban on fireworks; sc releases 16 guidelines

the supreme court bench of justices madan b lokur and deepak gupta on tuesday (september 12) clarified that there is no blanket ban on firecrackers in delhi-ncr. the court said that there are 16 directions from the court and those comprise certain modifications.reacting to a pil, the top court had banned firecrackers due to heavy pollution caused by the fireworks in the delhi-ncr region. the court had directed the central government to:(i) suspend all such licenses as permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of ncr.(ii) the suspension shall remain in force till further orders of this court.(iii) no such licenses shall be granted or renewed till further orders. it was also directed to the central pollution control b...




celebrating days round the year: a day for everything

~by dilip bobbnowadays, there seems to be a day for everyone—nary a day passes when it is not dedicated to person, place or thing—teacher’s day, children’s day,  friendship day, yoga day (courtesy mr modi), mother’s day, mother of a day, et al. it seems like we are celebrating something 365 days a year, which is quite remarkable considering there is nothing all that much to celebrate—except independence day, of course. now, we have some more suggestions that were sent on, wait for it…, suggestion day! here they are, in no particular order or disorder.nirmala sitharaman day: judging by the hype and hoopla, india has just appointed someone as defence minister who is a combination of joan and arc, general manekshaw and winston ch...




national green tribunal orders quick rejuvenation of purana qila lake

the national green tribunal (ngt) bench headed by justice swatanter kumar on tuesday (september 12) instructed the authorities—the court had directed the archeological survey of india to depute an official for the purpose—to rejuvenate the dry purana qila lake as soon as possible and preserve its bio diversity.the official has to submit a detailed report on the same within four weeks.the bench also directed that the authorities should immediately provide for a passage to carry the water collected through rainwater harvesting up to tilak...




rahul gandhi slams narendra modi’s policies at berkley

addressing students at the prestigious university of california, berkeley, congress vice president rahul gandhi, on monday (september 11), hit out at prime minister narendra modi and his government while also speaking candidly on a range of other issues, including the existence of dynastic politics in india.expectedly, the bjp back home hasn’t reacted very warmly to the nehru-gandhi scion’s remarks, with union ministers and several party leaders asserting that rahul was simply “venting his frustration” and that his comments that “slammed india” on foreign soil were “deplorable”.however, the substance of rahul’s speech and his remarks during an interactive session with the students portray a certain maturity that the congre...




transgenders: identity discard - india legal

above: the third gender need to be recognised as a separate category at the workplace. photo: kh manglembi devithe centre has moved to derecognise transgenders in the labour law framework despite a supreme court judgment saying they need to be given equal opportunities ~by venkatasubramanianin a controversial decision likely to harm the right to privacy of transgender persons, the centre on september 4, decided to drop plans to recognise them as the third gender in the labour law framework. this is according to a recent story which appeared in the hindu.that the move flies in the face of a recent supreme court landmark judgment elevating the right to privacy as a fundamental right would be of concern to civil society. that the government cou...




us supreme court temporarily revives trump’s travel ban

a part of the travel ban—through a controversial executive order by president donald trump—that was stayed by us courts was on monday (september 11) partially restored by us supreme court judge anthony kennedy. the court has done this at the request from the trump administration. the judge temporarily blocked a ruling that placed restrictions on the travel ban, thereby effectively allowing parts of the ban to come into effect.the restrictions that were removed from the san francisco ninth circuit court of appeals’ order was regarding the blocking of the part where refugees who have formal assurances from resettlement agencies or are in the us refugee admissions programme were stopped from entering washington.the temporary blockade by...




ram guha gets legal notice for comments on lankesh murder

historian ramachandra guha, known for being outspoken in his political views, was served a legal notice by the bjp yuva morcha on monday (september 11) for commenting that the sangh parivar might be involved in the murder of journalist gauri lankesh. the notice seeks an unconditional apology from guha.the notice complained that guha’s intentional “utterances” have brought disrepute to the rss and bjp, and that the utterance had been made with an “ulterior motive” and that the “direct allegations, insinuations and innuendos” impute criminal conduct.the notice quotes guha’s alleged comment in an interview, where had supposedly said: “it is very likely that her murderers came from the same sangh parivar from which the murderer...