A new dependence

A new dependence

Despite all controversies, China continues to be the biggest supplier of medical equipment to the US. By exporting humanitarian relief, it is setting a new world order With the Chinese making a conciliatory statement, the war of words — of accusations and counter accusations — between the US ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Thursday, 2 April 2020

The Judicial Brahamastra

The Judicial Brahamastra

So finally in the case of Manipur Legislature, the Hon’ Supreme Court has been compelled on March 18, to use its Brahamastra i.e powers vested in it by virtue of Article 142 of the Constitution to do complete justice. According to the provisions of the Article, the Sup ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Saturday, 21 March 2020

The polluted glacier

The polluted glacier

It has been a little more than a decade since the claims made in the 4th Assessment Report by the IPCC on recession of Himalayan glaciers, were contradicted. In fact, as exposed subsequently, the claim in the IPCC report was not based on any primary scientific study b ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Sunday, 29 March 2020

Hazards of using fertilisers in Punjab

Hazards of using fertilisers in Punjab

The media has consistently reported on cancer deaths in the Malwa region of Punjab. While a definite scientific finding on the same is awaited, there have been varying conclusions which may, at best, be speculative in nature. But first, it is important to bring out facts which are uncontested. S ...

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This article was first published in Down To Earth on Monday, 2 March 2020

Purity of Polls

Purity of Polls

Holding peaceful elections on a gigantic scale for an electorate which is much bigger than USA, Indonesia, Europe, Brazil and Australia all taken together, the Election Commission has played a stellar role in strengthening our democracy. In doing so it has set an example for other countries. With the level of ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Thursday, February 25, 2020

Your Face is your Data

Your Face is your Data

Inspite of several advantages of the latest technology of facial recognition, having a direct application to access control and security surveillance, doubts continue to prevail in view of its very thin legal base. Regardless of the grey area, in which this technology operates, it appears that plans are at an ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Friday, 15 February 2020

When Centre and state do not see eye to eye

When Centre and state do not see eye to eye

With some states openly challenging the Centre over the validity of the CAA-NPR, and some even moving the Hon’ Supreme Court on the vires of this central legislation, the Centre-State relations appear to have reached an unprecedented level. In the prevailing scenario of brinkmanship and confrontation ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Friday, 31 January 2020

Police academy lessons

Police academy lessons

While dispersing crowds or unlawful assemblies, men in uniform have to bear in mind that their charter is limited to restoration of normalcy, not teaching the crowd a lesson Undoubtedly, internal security along with law and order are integral to our domestic affairs. But sometimes, their h ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Friday, 31 January 2020

A new air quality agenda

A new air quality agenda

An efficient traffic signal management can not only help maintain the flow of traffic but also drastically reduce air pollution levels and save fuel Air pollution in our country, particularly in some of the urban centres, has become a major public health issue. Depending on the region and clima ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Friday, 17 January 2020

Consensus still possible

Consensus still possible

The very rationale for establishing the Inter-State Council was to have a wide perspective on resolving frictions. In the present context, we need to remind ourselves of its role. The Inter-State Council, having its roots in Article 263 of the Constitution, was meant for situations ju ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Saturday, 04 January 2020