Interesting links

1. This op-ed by Vikram which appeared in yesterday’s edition of the Hindu offers some historical perspectives on the institution of the President of India, as we head into elections for that important constitutional post later in the summer. 

2.  Jeffrey Toobin’s recent article in the New Yorker on the Citizen’s United case has generated considerable debate in the U.S.  This is a link to the original article, while this takes you to a careful deconstruction of the main argument offered by Toobin.  Reading Toobin’s analysis as an outsider, one is struck by the power wielded by the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court in making a difference to the final outcome through a variety of decisions. This reminded me of the argument advanced by Nick Robinson in his recent post (and article) emphasising the importance of structural issues in constitutional adjudication. 

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