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Legal Matters | Outrage over CJI’s remarks is uncalled for

POLITICS

Legal Matters | Outrage over CJI’s remarks is uncalled for

The unfortunate controversy about the Chief Justice of India’s comments on marrying rape-victims show us the pitfalls of instant-outrage which often is ignorant of context

New IT Rules | Treat the sickness, leave the healthy alone

BUSINESS

New IT Rules | Treat the sickness, leave the healthy alone

A democratically-elected government should have powers and responsibility to protect its citizens online. However, the new IT rules seem to be designed to control the Internet 

Bitcoin: Beyond the bubble

BUSINESS

Bitcoin: Beyond the bubble

Missed the latest Bitcoin rally? A look at the data suggests that regret is misplaced

Legal Matters | Is Supreme Court trespassing beyond its remit?

BUSINESS

Legal Matters | Is Supreme Court trespassing beyond its remit?

The Supreme Court has a well-defined role under the Indian Constitution. Its excursions beyond those boundaries have far-reaching, and counter-productive, consequences

Justice is in need of reassurance

BUSINESS

Justice is in need of reassurance

India’s reputation as a justice system to be emulated is taking a hit. The World Justice Project’s Rule of Law index 2020 ranked India at 69 — wedged between Belarus and Burkina Faso, both practically dictatorships

Legal Matters | A law to set communities against one another

POLITICS

Legal Matters | A law to set communities against one another

While Uttar Pradesh’s new anti-conversion law is aimed at checking religious conversions, it will also ensure that religious communities are perennially suspicious of each other, and act even more exclusionary

Legal Matters | Article 32 has outlived its original ideal

BUSINESS

Legal Matters | Article 32 has outlived its original ideal

Whatever be the merits of the Supreme Court’s ruling, a system where judges can lay down law unfettered by independent judicial scrutiny, is antithetical to the rule of law

Legal Matters | The judges, they protest too much

POLITICS

Legal Matters | The judges, they protest too much

All public figures are subject to harsh criticism — often unfairly. For judges to use their powers to punish critics betrays a deep sense of insecurity

Air Pollution | A game of smoke and mirrors

ENVIRONMENT

Air Pollution | A game of smoke and mirrors

India’s commitment to environmental protection is mostly lip service. It’s time our politicians were called out for their duplicity

Stricter punishments for online defamation is a step too far

INDIA

Stricter punishments for online defamation is a step too far

The available remedies against online disinformation and mischief are proportionate to the crime. Anything further will only result in suppression of free speech and stifling criticism of the government

Aadhaar Resurgence | Still of questionable legality

LEGAL-TRENDS

Aadhaar Resurgence | Still of questionable legality

The Supreme Court was very clear that Aadhaar was to be a voluntary scheme and meant only for disbursal of benefit under government welfare schemes. This seems to be completely flouted by states over the last few months

Legal Matters | Judicial accountability is about staying relevant

POLITICS

Legal Matters | Judicial accountability is about staying relevant

Brushing complaints about judicial misconduct under the carpet only gives the executive a lever to influence judges, and by extension, judgments

Tax litigation: A case of no returns

BUSINESS

Tax litigation: A case of no returns

About 66 percent of our direct tax cases together add up to a paltry 1.8 percent of total amount under tax litigation. It will be more efficacious for the government to simply abandon those claims

FCRA Amendment | The real consequences of tightening rules around NGO funding

BUSINESS

FCRA Amendment | The real consequences of tightening rules around NGO funding

For a country which welcomes foreign direct, as well as institutional, investment, it is hypocritical to be overly suspicious of non-corporate funds

Why are governments so fond of anti-terror laws?

POLITICS

Why are governments so fond of anti-terror laws?

From ineligibility for bail to denial of a lawyer, some of India’s anti-terror laws take away the most fundamental of rights — the presumption of innocence. The State is increasingly using them to silence political opposition

Government must reconsider its flawed approach towards drugs

BUSINESS

Government must reconsider its flawed approach towards drugs

By imposing exceedingly severe jail terms, perhaps more harm is being done to drug users than by their use of the drugs

Legal Matters | A moral argument against life without parole

LEGAL-TRENDS

Legal Matters | A moral argument against life without parole

Life sentences without possibility of early release is favoured by those who oppose the death penalty — but that is not without its defects

SC judgment does not clear confusion surrounding PM CARES

POLITICS

SC judgment does not clear confusion surrounding PM CARES

The problem with the PM CARES fund is that it is not transparent — the public doesn’t know the basis of allocation of funds. The Supreme Court judgment does not address this core issue

Why the proposed environmental rules might incentivise illegal activity

ENVIRONMENT

Why the proposed environmental rules might incentivise illegal activity

The draft EIA notification is likely to incentivise the practice of setting up industries without any regard for environmental concerns — knowing that any violation is highly likely to be condoned in due course

Why consumers must start demanding greater data privacy

BUSINESS

Why consumers must start demanding greater data privacy

The consent-based model of data collection is a charade. Regulation must evolve to put limits on what companies can do with your personal data

Legal Matters | Why are there so few women justices in India? Our male-dominated collegiums could hold the answer

BUSINESS

Legal Matters | Why are there so few women justices in India? Our male-dominated collegiums could hold the answer

Justice R Bhanumathi — only the second woman ever in the Supreme Court collegium — retires without a single appointment having been made during her tenure.

Distress Profiteering | State must not misuse its unfair advantage

POLITICS

Distress Profiteering | State must not misuse its unfair advantage

The competition law does not apply to the exercise of sovereign functions by the government. However, if it did, many of State's actions during the pandemic would have come under severe censure

Legal Matters | Decriminalise economic offences, but with uniformity

INDIA

Legal Matters | Decriminalise economic offences, but with uniformity

The recent proposal to remove jail-term for certain economic offences contains inherent contradictions

Is SEBI toothless when it comes to insider trading cases?

INDIA

Is SEBI toothless when it comes to insider trading cases?

Cracking down on insider trading is such an uphill task that SEBI almost always comes short. The number of insider trading convictions that have stood up to scrutiny before the Appellate Tribunal is negligible

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