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COVER STORY

03-05-2013

Court

Court

Briefing

PIL losing out

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
Has public interest litigation lost its direction and abandoned its original constituency, the marginalised and the underprivileged sections of society?

Age, seniority, diversity

ABHINAV CHANDRACHUD Cover Story
Criteria that were never conceived in the Constituent Assembly now determine who gets to sit on India’s apex court. Each of these unwritten qualifications, age, seniority, and diversity, is problematic in its present form.

Inconsistent decisions

ARGHYA SENGUPTA Cover Story
Increasing workload, a higher rate of admission, and constitution of multiple two-judge Division Benches have resulted in a huge increase in the number of judgments handed down by the Supreme Court, which again increases the probability of inconsistencies in judgments.

Dissenting note

In place of judicial impact assessment, what India needs is “judicial use assessment” to measure to what extent people have actually used courts to enforce their rights.
Biology

Seven sexes of an organism

Science & Technology
A CILIATED protozoa, or unicellular organism, called Tetrahymena thermophila, has been found to have seven sexes that can mate with each other! In a ...

PIL losing out

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
Has public interest litigation lost its direction and abandoned its original constituency, the marginalised and the underprivileged sections of society?

Age, seniority, diversity

ABHINAV CHANDRACHUD Cover Story
Criteria that were never conceived in the Constituent Assembly now determine who gets to sit on India’s apex court. Each of these unwritten qualifications, age, seniority, and diversity, is problematic in its present form.
Sugar Industry

More decontrol

The Nation
HAVING followed a policy of partial control of the sugar industry since 1966, save for two brief spells of decontrol, the Centre decided to partially ...
Public Health

Landmark verdict

V. VENKATESAN The Nation
The Supreme Court’s ruling against Novartis’ patent claim for the cancer drug Glivec paves the way for generic drug companies to keep crucial, life-saving drugs affordable to the common people.
Assembly Elections

High-stakes race

RAVI SHARMA Politics
The Congress enjoys a slight edge in the fragmented political landscape of Karnataka, where the May 5 Assembly elections are expected to throw up some surprises.

‘Is the bias so severe as to cause death?’

R. KRISHNAKUMAR Social Issues
Interview with Dr T.K. Sundari Ravindran, activist researcher on gender, health and equity issues.
Syria

Promoting war

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
The violence in Syria escalates to a new high as the United States and its Western allies airlift lethal weaponry to the rebels.

Inconsistent decisions

ARGHYA SENGUPTA Cover Story
Increasing workload, a higher rate of admission, and constitution of multiple two-judge Division Benches have resulted in a huge increase in the number of judgments handed down by the Supreme Court, which again increases the probability of inconsistencies in judgments.
Korean Peninsula

Cloud in the sun

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
The Korean peninsula is on the boil again following North Korea’s nuclear test earlier this year and the month-long, unusually threatening U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

NAC recommendations gathering dust

Social Justice
AMID the conflicting pulls at different levels of the government and the not-so-subtle efforts to undermine the Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled ...

PESA and pressures

Social Justice
IN order to understand violations of the Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, it is imperative to know its history. Most of the tribes in ...
Industrial Pollution

Sterlite in trouble

S. DORAIRAJ The Nation
The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board orders the closure of its copper smelter unit in Tuticorin even as the Supreme Court stays a 2010 High Court order to close down the plant.
Defence

Failing to deliver

RAVI SHARMA The Nation
India’s indigenous defence research and production capabilities have not kept pace with the country’s military requirements.

Dissenting note

In place of judicial impact assessment, what India needs is “judicial use assessment” to measure to what extent people have actually used courts to enforce their rights.

‘A people’s court’

Cover Story
MOHAN PARASARAN WAS THE SENIOR-MOST Additional Solicitor General of India at the time of his appointment as the Solicitor General in February this ...

‘A people’s court’

Cover Story
MOHAN PARASARAN WAS THE SENIOR-MOST Additional Solicitor General of India at the time of his appointment as the Solicitor General in February this ...

Supreme Court and the aam aadmi

It is the goal of social revolution that connects the aam aadmi to the judiciary and to its highest institution, the Supreme Court of India.
Cover Story

A court adrift

NICK ROBINSON Cover Story
The Supreme Court by and large remains popular. Yet, if one digs a bit, beneath the surface is an institution that has strayed from its mission and may even be undermining the rest of the judicial system.

Misunderstood relationship

SIDHARTH CHAUHAN Cover Story
As far as substantive criticism of decisions is concerned, there ought to be no restraints on commentary, whether in the news media or elsewhere. All citizens should be free to comment on them.

Lessons from Novartis case

Cover Story
THE Supreme Court’s April 1 judgment in the Novartis case clearly defends the public interest against the corporate greed of multinational ...
Defence

Failing to deliver

RAVI SHARMA The Nation
India’s indigenous defence research and production capabilities have not kept pace with the country’s military requirements.

Seeking consensus

G. SRINIVASAN Social Justice
Interview with Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh.
Policy Issues

Illusory rights

PESA, which is seen as an enabling law for tribal self-governance, is violated brazenly by both the Union government and State governments in the name of development.
DELHI

Radiation row

The Nation
A petition filed recently in the Delhi High Court seeking the removal of mobile phone towers from the vicinity of schools, colleges and residential ...
New Delhi

End of a fast

The Nation
It is a part of Delhi where the OB vans never go. Even walking is a challenge because the narrow road is chock-a-block with rickshaws, horse carts, ...
Kerala

Daughter deficit?

Is there a shift in the attitude of Kerala society towards the value of daughters? Is son preference spreading in a State once known to be above extreme gender bias? A recent study on child sex ratio generates more questions than it answers.
WEST BENGAL

A death in custody

The Nation
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s comment on the death of Sudipto Gupta, a 22-year-old leader of the Students Federation of India (SFI), the student ...
Policy Issues

Illusory rights

PESA, which is seen as an enabling law for tribal self-governance, is violated brazenly by both the Union government and State governments in the name of development.
Kerala

Daughter deficit?

Is there a shift in the attitude of Kerala society towards the value of daughters? Is son preference spreading in a State once known to be above extreme gender bias? A recent study on child sex ratio generates more questions than it answers.
Millennium Development Goals

Halfway measures

The Bali meeting of the High-Level Panel designated to prepare the post-2015 global framework to the MDG offers little hope of a rethink on the development paradigm.
Galapagos

Paradise for endemic wildlife

Environment
CHARLES DARWIN, all of 22 years old in 1832, stumbled upon Galapagos Islands, partly to escape his persistent seasickness while on a five-year voyage ...
Science

Almost perfect

R. RAMACHANDRAN Science & Technology
The precise picture delivered by Planck conforms most spectacularly to the expectations of the Standard Model of the universe, but the evidence of anomalous features also indicates that something fundamental may be missing from the standard framework.
Crystallography

Breakthrough in crystallography

Science & Technology
A RESEARCH team led by Makoto Fujita of the University of Tokyo, Japan, and complemented by Kari Rissanen of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, has ...

The oldest light

Science & Technology
THE Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) is the leftover radiation from the Big Bang. According to the Big Bang model, the universe began about 14 ...

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