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COVER STORY

09-06-2017

Judge vs judges

Karnan issue

Briefing

Interview: Prashant Bhushan

‘Casteism a reality in the judiciary’

AKSHAY DESHMANE Cover Story
Interview with Prashant Bhushan, Supreme Court advocate.
The press and contempt

Karnan vs Karnan

SASHI KUMAR Cover Story
Even where it is not a specific gag order as in the Supreme Court order against Justice Karnan, it exerts a nagging virtual pressure of pre-censorship, or pre-emptive censorship, on the journalist. The sword of criminal contempt hangs over the press even as it goes about discharging its legitimate function of informing the people about the process of justicing in our democracy.
Cover Story

Justice without fairness

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
The Supreme Court’s order convicting and sentencing Justice C.S. Karnan raises serious questions about the court’s commitment not only to natural justice but also to freedom of expression.
Impeachment

Stalled impeachment

KUNAL SHANKAR Cover Story
The process to initiate impeachment proceedings against Justice C.V. Nagarjuna Reddy of the Andhra Pradesh/Telangana High Court for alleged interference in the course of the judicial process, including physical assault and use of caste slurs against a Dalit junior civil judge, is sought to be revived.
Controversy

Demonising Akbar

ZIYA US SALAM The Nation
The move to rename Akbar ka Quila in Ajmer is another step towards advancing the BJP’s agenda to paint the Mughal emperor in negative hues and aggrandise Rajput history.
The press and contempt

Karnan vs Karnan

SASHI KUMAR Cover Story
Even where it is not a specific gag order as in the Supreme Court order against Justice Karnan, it exerts a nagging virtual pressure of pre-censorship, or pre-emptive censorship, on the journalist. The sword of criminal contempt hangs over the press even as it goes about discharging its legitimate function of informing the people about the process of justicing in our democracy.
Essay

The roots of 2017

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
Lord Mountbatten did his best to work out a realistic solution regarding Kashmir in the months preceding and following the 1947 Partition, but first M.A. Jinnah and then Jawaharlal Nehru scuttled all moves to find a sane course of action.
Education

Testing times

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN The Nation
NEET revives the debate in Tamil Nadu on the efficacy of a centralised examination for admission to medical and dental courses which may nullify the socio-economic objectives of the State, and on the quality of the State Board’s Plus Two syllabus.

Not so neat

The Nation
THOUSANDS of candidates in the four southern States endured a traumatic experience on May 7 when they appeared for NEET. If preparing for NEET itself ...
Interview: Mehbooba Mufti

‘Agenda of Alliance is the only way forward’

SHUJAAT BUKHARI Politics
Interview with J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Cover Story

Justice without fairness

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
The Supreme Court’s order convicting and sentencing Justice C.S. Karnan raises serious questions about the court’s commitment not only to natural justice but also to freedom of expression.
Impeachment

Stalled impeachment

KUNAL SHANKAR Cover Story
The process to initiate impeachment proceedings against Justice C.V. Nagarjuna Reddy of the Andhra Pradesh/Telangana High Court for alleged interference in the course of the judicial process, including physical assault and use of caste slurs against a Dalit junior civil judge, is sought to be revived.
Dalit view

Divided on support

DIVYA TRIVEDI Cover Story
Dalits are unhappy over the turn of events in the judiciary but many of them find it difficult to support Justice Karnan.
Freedom of speech

The gag order

Cover Story
The Supreme Court’s ban on the press in the Justice Karnan case is a standing affront to the citizens’ right to freedom of speech and a threat to the media and to the democratic process.
Interview: Mathews J. Nedumpara,

‘They are usurping the power of removal of judges’

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
Interview with Mathews J. Nedumpara, counsel for Justice C.S. Karnan in the Supreme Court.
PDP-BJP

Cracks in the alliance?

Politics
For the past few months the situation in Kashmir has intermittently turned ugly and the ongoing student unrest has given it a new dimension. Some of ...
Saharanpur violence

Targeting Dalits

DIVYA TRIVEDI Social Issues
A caste Hindu onslaught on Dalits in a western Uttar Pradesh village triggers a fightback, bringing cheer to marginalised communities who find themselves bullied by saffron groups that all too often take the law into their own hands.
Federalism

Running feud

R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN The Nation
Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, persists in her battle with the elected government, but the Chief Minister and his team seem confident of their ground.
Interview: Kiran Bedi

‘Inherent contradiction’

R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN The Nation
Interview with Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.
Interview: V. Narayanasamy

‘Good relations with the Centre’

R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN The Nation
Interview with Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy.
Dalit view

Divided on support

DIVYA TRIVEDI Cover Story
Dalits are unhappy over the turn of events in the judiciary but many of them find it difficult to support Justice Karnan.
Freedom of speech

The gag order

Cover Story
The Supreme Court’s ban on the press in the Justice Karnan case is a standing affront to the citizens’ right to freedom of speech and a threat to the media and to the democratic process.
Interview: Mathews J. Nedumpara,

‘They are usurping the power of removal of judges’

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
Interview with Mathews J. Nedumpara, counsel for Justice C.S. Karnan in the Supreme Court.
Justice C.S. Karnan

A controversial career

Since his elevation as a judge to the Madras High Court in 2001, Justice C.S. Karnan has been involved in many a controversy relating to allegations of discrimination against him because he is a Dalit.
Opinion

Another first in judicial history

Cover Story
THERE have been judges in the past with questionable background and unbecoming behaviour. But in all of those cases, the matter had remained within ...
Interview: D. Raja, CPI

‘Not a healthy precedent’

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Cover Story
Interview with D. Raja, national secretary of the CPI.
Interview: Raju Ramachandran

For a more pragmatic view

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
Interview with Raju Ramachandran, advocate of the Supreme Court.
Judicial delinquency

Guided by passion

M.P. RAJU Cover Story
The Justice Karnan case has highlighted again the urgent need to amend the law and procedure on the exercise of suo motu contempt proceedings by the Supreme Court and High Courts.
Interview: Retd Justice Abhay Thipsay

For transparency in the system

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
Interview with retired Justice Abhay Thipsay.
Interview: Arghya Sengupta

For a judicial accountability mechanism

Interview with Arghya Sengupta, founder and research director at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.
The Nirbhaya case

Death penalty debate

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI The Nation
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court confirms the death sentences against the Nirbhaya case accused, arguing that their crime summoned a tsunami of shock in the collective conscience, and the verdict revives the debate on the death penalty.
Essay

The roots of 2017

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
Lord Mountbatten did his best to work out a realistic solution regarding Kashmir in the months preceding and following the 1947 Partition, but first M.A. Jinnah and then Jawaharlal Nehru scuttled all moves to find a sane course of action.
Education

Testing times

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN The Nation
NEET revives the debate in Tamil Nadu on the efficacy of a centralised examination for admission to medical and dental courses which may nullify the socio-economic objectives of the State, and on the quality of the State Board’s Plus Two syllabus.

Not so neat

The Nation
THOUSANDS of candidates in the four southern States endured a traumatic experience on May 7 when they appeared for NEET. If preparing for NEET itself ...
Controversy

Demonising Akbar

ZIYA US SALAM The Nation
The move to rename Akbar ka Quila in Ajmer is another step towards advancing the BJP’s agenda to paint the Mughal emperor in negative hues and aggrandise Rajput history.
Science

Memories of a Bangalore quartet

P. BALARAM Science & Technology
Satish Dhawan, Sivaraj Ramaseshan, G.N. Ramachandran, and H. Narasimhaiah dominated the scientific landscape of Bengaluru between 1970 and 1990 as contemporaries with uniquely distinct interests and styles. Their dedication to the cause of science continues to inspire people long after their passing.

Letters to the Editor

Letters
Kashmir KASHMIR’S hatred for the rulers at both the Centre and the State is widespread (Cover Story, May 26). There is a significant trust ...
Renewable Energy

Bright future

Generation of renewable energy is steadily rising and the government must take this to the next level and reduce dependence on thermal power.