Privacy & the Public

Privacy & the Public

Undoubtedly, the RTI Act in its original form was one of the most liberal pieces of legislation aimed at enhancing transparency and democratic values. As such, in order to fulfil their perceived role effectively, the CIC and the ICs had been given a status which would enable them to have ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Saturday, December 7, 2019

Justice in the time of AI

Justice in the time of AI

A proposal is currently under consideration for the introduction of Artificial Intelligence to aid the justice delivery system. A reclassification of crimes for trial of offences under the social welfare code, correctional code, economic and other white collar crimes, criminal code, organised crime and terrorism ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Sunday, December 1, 2019

Building blocks

Our sacred text

Almost all religions have sacred texts revered by their followers. In a similar manner, for a Republic, the Constitution can be termed as its sacred text. Today, as we observe the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Indian Constitution, which is also known as the Constitution Day as well as the ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Building blocks

Man-made crisis

Delhi, leading the NCR with a combination of adverse factors, has already broken the world record for Air Quality Index (AQI), making the headlines bold and telling. But perhaps waking up will take some time. There is no dearth of authorities who are and ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Building blocks

Parliamentary dilemma

Even as controversies surrounding the office of the Speaker and the anti-defection law have again come into sharp focus, the minority judgment in Kihoto Hollohan vs Zachillhu And Others (1992) appears to have become the central point of debate. The fundamental issue, which quite a few of the Speakers have not been able to address, is not all that ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Monday, November 04, 2019

Building blocks

Building blocks

The concept of critical thinking is not something entirely new. It has been enshrined in our ancient heritage and has made significant contributions to the development of Indian philosophy. For any concept to be accepted, its refutation and evaluation were taken into account. Reason used to be the sole ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Friday, October 25, 2019

Common sense won the day

Common sense won the day

That there is little connect between innate common sense and educational qualifications is a well-known historical fact. Some of the most successful historical figures and famous persons had no degrees to boast ...

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This article was first published in The Tribune on Friday, October 18, 2019.

The plastic waste

It is quite paradoxical that so far we have been very conscious of pollution caused by auto emissions and other atmospheric pollutants while we have been continuing to ignore heaps and mounds of garbage ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

Frequent policy swings hurt

Sometimes even with the best of intentions, certain words can lead to unexpected results and wreak damage disproportionately. Ever since the beginning of the year, the automobile industry had been on a downward swing for economic as well as ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Friday, October 11, 2019.

Harness the power of sun

To achieve the target of installing 100 GW of solar energy by 2022, a more comprehensive manufacturing strategy is needed. We cannot remain dependent on imports ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Saturday, October 05, 2019.

The hazardous ozone

According to some recent reports the Ozone hole which is not exactly a hole but a low density area for Ozone has started to fill up and of late, has become relatively more dense. Going by the current projections ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

A himalayan threat

Fires that engulfed the Amazon rainforests should awaken us to the threat closer home. Shivaliks and lower Himalayas, too, witness the same risk almost every year ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Greasing wheels of justice

Merely raising the number of judicial officers may not be enough for quick delivery of justice ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Friday, September 13, 2019.

Constitution & the Polls

The entire electoral process in the current scenario has assumed a more vibrant and demanding role. Keeping in view the core values of our Constitution and democratic norms, it would...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Explained: The negative sentiment in automobile market

With attractive concessions for e-vehicles in the offing, those who were in the market for buying cars or two-wheelers...

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This article was first published in Sunday Guardian Live on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Wildlife Conservation Society

Gubernatorial Discretion

The Supreme Court in Jayalalitha’s case ruled that the Governor is a functionary under the Constitution and cannot in exercise of his discretion do anything that is contrary to the Constitution and the law...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Saturday, August 31, 2019.

American Humane Association

A matter of indiscretion?

In the Indian Constitution, the Governor of a State occupies a unique position. He is, by virtue of his oath, expected to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the country and uphold the law. No other high functionary, except for the President of India, is sworn in as per such phraseology...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Friday, 30 August 2019.

National Federation of the Blind

Public order in concurrent list

The Hon'ble Chief Justice of India has recently spoken about the CBI in some very unambiguous terms. Earlier, two of his pre-decessors has also spken, but they had done so from the bench....

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Thursday, 22 August 2019.

National Federation of the Blind

Governing Governors

History is replete with instances where Governors failed to adhere to the principles of the Bommai judgement and the Supreme Court had to intervene to uphold the Constitution...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Thursday, 15 August 2019.