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The status of education in India: Primary and Tertiary

Nearly a year and a half ago, this blog carried a post focusing in part on the UPA government's legislative attempts to implement the newly ...
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Debating Justice

The People's Convention to be held in New Delhi on March 10 and 11, under the auspices of the Committee on Judicial Accountability, will bring ...
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Seminar on Judicial Accountability and Judicial Reforms in New Delhi

Prashanth Bhushan, a leading member of the Supreme Court bar, has requested us to highlight a seminar that will take place in New Delhi on ...
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Politics & Law : Is the separation real or desirable?

Time and again, the question whether courts can examine political issues had cropped up in many cases before the Supreme Court. The answer has been ...
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EC’s non-transparent role: a rejoinder

My post on E.C.'s lack of transparency has elicited three responses - from Ms.Sunanda Bharati, Mr. Arun and Mr.Vivek Reddy and all responses are similar ...
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Election Commission of India’s non-transparent role

India has just completed assembly elections in Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand. And India's largest State, Uttar Pradesh is going to the polls in May-June. As ...
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Appointing Judges: A reaction to Abhishek Singhvi’s analysis

In a recent post, V. Venkatesan draws attention to Abhishek Singhvi's thoughts on the perennially controversial issue of judicial appointments in India. While I agree ...
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How Law Blogs are changing legal discussion and legal education: Interview with Jack Balkin

This is a bit dated, but recent posts and discussions on this blog have reminded me of the relevance of some of the ideas mentioned ...
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National Judicial Council Bill

Abhishek Singhvi, senior advocate in the Supreme Court, and the Congress-I spokesperson, writes a column in Hindustan times, called candid corner. Today's piece, Judges in ...
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Latest expose on Mashelkar

Today's Times of India carries the latest expose by Manoj Mitta on Mashelkar. The previous 'victim' says Mashelkar is irresponsible, if not dishonest. I would ...
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Criminalisation of Politics: Latest initiative of the Supreme Court and the case for invoking Article 356 in U.P.

Last week, the Supreme Court referred a PIL seeking to prevent 'tainted' Ministers (i.e. those who have a criminal background) to a Constitution Bench, and ...
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Deconstructing the Mashelkar Committee Report: Part 1

Coming as I do from the relatively apolitical world of research and academia, the events of the last two weeks have taken me by surprise ...
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Supreme Court’s collegium

Another glaring instance of how the Supreme Court's collegium responsible for the choice of Judges in the Higher Judiciary does not jealously guard its primacy ...
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New Contributor to Law and Other Things Blog

I am very pleased to welcome V. Venkatesan to our blog. Mr. Venkatesan is a long-standing and well-known commentator on legal and judicial developments in ...
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Article 356 in the news …. again

On Valentine's Day this year, the Supreme Court delivered its decision in the Rajendra Singh Rana case, disqualifying 13 MLAs in the U.P. Legislative Assembly, ...
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Assertions of Institutional Supremacy

In a recent post, I sought to highlight the problems with Somnath Chatterjee's assertion that Parliament ought to have the last word on the issue ...
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Justice Katju on the need to reform current judicial attitudes (and the law) relating to Contempt of Courts

Justice Markandey Katju, who was recently appointed to the Supreme Court, appears to be a representative of a rare species of higher court judges in ...
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Frontline articles on I.R. Coelho (the Ninth Schedule case) and Raja Ram Pal (the MPs expulsion case).

Recent months have witnessed many interesting legal developments in India. I hope that some of us who were active earlier can revive this blog. While ...
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Dissent on the Collegium?

This story on judicial appointments from the Hindu is amazing. Who is their source? I can't comment on this further because of professional constraints. But, ...
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Legal Outsourcing to India

Dear Colleagues:Thanks to Vikram for allowing me take up some of his blog space. I've just posted a paper on SSRN entitled "Outsourcing and the ...
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Justice in A Flat World

An interesting and thoughtful piece by the Union Law Secretary, who was the driving force behind computerising the Law Commission.http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=2006050907171100.htm&date=2006/05/09/&prd=th& ...
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Supreme Court Clerkships in India: A Former Clerk’s Perspective

In this guest note, I hope to give an ‘insider’s perspective’ on judicial clerkships at the Supreme Court of India, since I myself happened to ...
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Comparative Constitutional Law in South Asia

Here is a link to our comparative constitutional law conference in November ...
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When Were Unenumerated Rights First Discovered in Article 21?

I found this statement today in P.L. Lakhanpal v. Union of India (AIR 1972 Del.), a judgment by Justice V.S. Deshpande. Does this mean that ...
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Annual Review of the Supreme Court

Was directed the Annual Review of the Supreme Court a few weeks ago by a friend (http://www.jstor.org/journals/00819557.html. Unfortunately accessible only to those have a subscription ...
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On Legal Traditions

In a very convoluted way this takes of from Vikram's post on M C Setalvad's Common Law in India and his silence on the Statute ...
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TDSAT’s Web Presence

Check out TDSAT's cool new website: http://tdsat.nic.in/ The Tribunal has been posting all its judgments online for some time. But it has also been putting ...
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Re-reading Ram Jawaya Kapoor

I never had the opportunity of reading Ram Jawaya Kapoor v. State of Punjab, AIR 1955 SC 549, in law school. Recently, I had to ...
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