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Instead of renaming JNU, create a new Vivekananda university for Indian conservatism

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The demand to rename Jawaharlal Nehru University after Swami Vivekananda would’ve offended the monk. There’s a good case, however, for building another robust university named after the great sage. If JNU is seen as the home of the Left thought, the new one can be the fount of Indian conservatism.

Delhi let its guard down and caused Covid spike, people and govt both to blame

Delhi government may have to, after all, resort to shutting markets to contain rising Covid infections. The people and government let their guard down causing the new spike. Authorities should be drilling in the message of caution and concern, but the Diwali mass puja and performance did exactly the opposite.

If SC bats for individual liberty, Kerala journalist Kappan’s case deserves more attention

If protecting individual liberty is Supreme Court’s primary obligation, it must bring greater clarity and equity to its processes too. It frowned upon Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan for not going to HC. But the defence claims Kappan wasn’t allowed to meet even his lawyers. If correct, this deserves stern penalties.

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  1. the main right wing response is that Kerala journalist is linked to PFI. That’s why Arnab’s case cannot be related to that journalist.

  2. How do you decide more or less? In Arnab’s case, the magistrate noted that the arrest was illegal right at the outset. I wonder how one should go to jail if arrested illegally? Magistrate should have released him then and there.

  3. Well, maybe you forget that this case involves Shri Bisht’s govt. The honorable court maybe more inclined to politely request for details and maybe later again request the state govt to look into any grievances of the complaining party and thus dispose off the petition.

  4. As a general principle, a case ought to be first considered at the base of the pyramid, before wending its way to the apex. However, sometimes a demonstration effect is very desirable, all the more when the skies are darkening for individual liberties. From what is known about the case of Shri Siddique Kappan, he was a conscientious journalist from Kerala travelling to UP to consider the Hathras tragedy. The state administration had effectively quarantined the town, to block critical media scrutiny. To charge such an individual under UAPA is a complete travesty. If what is in the public domain is true, a bolt of lightning from the honourable apex court would be so much more valuable than an order granting bail being issued lower down the hierarchy. The SC could use the occasion to lay down / reiterate basic principles regulating use of such drastic laws. Also give the administration a piece of its mind.

  5. One says this with the most profound respect. Also pain. The foundational principle of equality before the law is not being followed. If a billion Indians are standing in the queue to get vaccinated, whatever the principle underlying formation of the queue, alphabetical order for instance, it should be followed. Breaking the queue confers an immense favour. Something that is happening consistently with Shri Arnab Goswami. 2. Certain sterling principles guiding the personal liberty of citizens, the state not acting with vengeance or prejudice, were enumerated in the bail hearing. It would be valuable if these find place in the written order, which would make them the law of the land, binding on all high courts and the lower judiciary. 3. Recall that press conference of January 2018. Justice Ranjan Gogoi was present. His own remarkable tenure as CJI lay in the womb of the future. Difficult to discern any notable improvement in the working of the institution over the last three years. In their own ways, although one may not endorse the exact wording, Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan and Stand up comedian Kunal Kamra are giving voice to disquiet that many Indians feel about their country’s most revered public institution.

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