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COVER STORY

11-09-2020

Prashant Bhushan September 11

Prashant Bhushan and contempt law

Briefing

Criminal contempt? Not now, My Lords

M.R. Shamshad Cover Story
The law of contempt has direct relation with the common law jurisdiction of England. Can the same contempt powers emanating from the absolute powers of monarchs be vested with judges appointed in a democratic system where the Constitution is supreme?

A case for a new approach to contempt of court

A.G. NOORANI Cover Story
A look at two court cases reflecting two contrasting approaches to the subject of contempt of court. One upholds free speech, the other stymies honest criticism in the name of judicial dignity.
Profile

Fearless fighter

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Prashant Bhushan is no stranger to controversy and his defiance of the Supreme Court is in line with his past human rights interventions.
Interview with Justice V. Gopala Gowda.

Justice V. Gopala Gowda: Constructive dissent is the bedrock of a healthy democracy

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Justice V. Gopala Gowda.
Pandit Jasraj

Music of the planet

Ziya Us Salam Obituary
With a clear singing style, subtle innovations and a stress on devotion that transcended faith, Pandit Jasraj (1930-2020) redefined the way the world looked at Hindustani classical music.
Ilina Sen

Bread, roses and Ilina

Ilina Sen (1951-2020) will be remembered for her deep commitment to the preservation of democratic rights, contribution to women’s studies, involvement with people’s movements and her vision of an equal world.
COVID-19

Pointers from sero-surveys conducted in various cities

R. Ramachandran The Nation
Pune and Berhampur follow the example of Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad and conduct sero-surveys among their populations. But the utility of these studies is limited because they cannot be used to make comparisons or come up with a nationwide picture of the spread or severity of COVID-19.

Puja in the time of pandemic

Meera Nanda The Nation
Devotional Hinduisim has been quick to use technology in its pursuit of spirituality, with worshippers staying safe at home while performing their rituals in sync with a global community of devotees. To see these practices as being separate from the political project of consolidating the nation on religious lines would be a mistake.
Public Health

What ails biomedical research

P.K. Rajagopalan The Nation
Research in health sciences in India is no more oriented towards problem-solving based on years of field work, one of the reasons why many old and new diseases continue to haunt us.

Criminal contempt? Not now, My Lords

M.R. Shamshad Cover Story
The law of contempt has direct relation with the common law jurisdiction of England. Can the same contempt powers emanating from the absolute powers of monarchs be vested with judges appointed in a democratic system where the Constitution is supreme?

A case for a new approach to contempt of court

A.G. NOORANI Cover Story
A look at two court cases reflecting two contrasting approaches to the subject of contempt of court. One upholds free speech, the other stymies honest criticism in the name of judicial dignity.
Wildlife

The sarus crane: Walking tall in the wetlands of north India

N. Shiva Kumar Conservation
The sarus crane, which has been known and loved since ancient times for its extreme fidelity and dramatic dance rituals, has disappeared from India’s neighbourhood but is somehow surviving in the country, mainly in the wetlands of Uttar Pradesh.
Wildlife

Encounters with a magnificent bird

N. Shiva Kumar Conservation
The sarus crane, which has been known and loved since ancient times for its extreme fidelity and dramatic dance rituals, has disappeared from India’s neighbourhood but is somehow surviving in the country, mainly in the wetlands of Uttar Pradesh.
Profile

Fearless fighter

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Prashant Bhushan is no stranger to controversy and his defiance of the Supreme Court is in line with his past human rights interventions.
Interview with Justice V. Gopala Gowda.

Justice V. Gopala Gowda: Constructive dissent is the bedrock of a healthy democracy

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Justice V. Gopala Gowda.
Interview with Justice Madan Lokur

Justice Madan B. Lokur: Respect is earned and cannot be forced by law

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Justice Madan B. Lokur.
Contempt law&Free speech

Vague definition of criminal contempt

SANJAY HEGDE Cover Story
A walk through various contempt cases, looking for what the contempt law portends for free speech.
Social Issues

Reservation as a political imperative

It is incumbent upon the state to act and remedy the pernicious influence of caste by eradicating its hierarchies and doing so requires looking at reservation as a component of political equality.

When Gandhi said no

V. Venkatesan Cover Story
In Re: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Others, decided by a three-judge bench of the Bombay high court on March 12, 1920 (Coram: Amberson Barrington ...
Interview: Justice A.P. Shah

Justice A.P. Shah: Supreme Court comes across as an intolerant institution

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Interview with Justice A.P. Shah, former Chief Justice of the Delhi and Madras High Courts and Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India.
Interview with Justice Madan Lokur

Justice Madan B. Lokur: Respect is earned and cannot be forced by law

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Justice Madan B. Lokur.
Contempt law&Free speech

Vague definition of criminal contempt

SANJAY HEGDE Cover Story
A walk through various contempt cases, looking for what the contempt law portends for free speech.

When Gandhi said no

V. Venkatesan Cover Story
In Re: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Others, decided by a three-judge bench of the Bombay high court on March 12, 1920 (Coram: Amberson Barrington ...
Interview: Justice A.P. Shah

Justice A.P. Shah: Supreme Court comes across as an intolerant institution

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Interview with Justice A.P. Shah, former Chief Justice of the Delhi and Madras High Courts and Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India.

When silence is not the answer

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
The Supreme Court’s use of its inherent powers to punish activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan for contempt of itself raises troubling questions about its recent past besides inviting a huge backlash from the civil society.
Social Issues

Reservation as a political imperative

It is incumbent upon the state to act and remedy the pernicious influence of caste by eradicating its hierarchies and doing so requires looking at reservation as a component of political equality.

Staged encounter in Shopian?

Questions surround the fate of three young men who came to Shopian district in search of work and went missing at the same time that the security forces killed three unidentified “militants” in an encounter.
Media

Hindutva’s drumbeaters

Ziya Us Salam The Nation
The media, for the most part, acted as cheerleaders rather than alert watchdogs in the coverage of the bhumi pujan of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
COVID-19

Tamil Nadu: Ups and downs

R.K. Radhakrishnan The Nation
With more than 6,000 deaths, including those of doctors and paramedical personnel, and 50,000-plus active infections so far, Tamil Nadu’s battle against COVID-19 is floundering.
Covid-19 update

Bihar: Election fever amid pandemic

Bihar is reeling from floods and the pandemic, but the government appears to be paying more attention to the preparations to hold the Assembly elections which are due in November.
COVID-19 Update

Uttar Pradesh: Casual approach

Uttar Pradesh becomes the first State to hold an Assembly session following the outbreak of COVID-19, but complaints grow about the government’s casualness in handling the crisis.
COVID-19 Update

Kerala: Preparing for a crisis

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
Kerala enters another phase in its COVID-19 containment efforts as experts warn that cases of infection may peak in the coming months.
COVID-19 update

Haryana: Shifting hotspots

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
The emergence of new COVID hotspots in hitherto unaffected areas in Haryana is attributed to people’s reluctance to report symptoms and seek treatment at public health-care centres.
COVID-19 Update

Karnataka: No let-up in cases

The spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Karnataka is apparently directly linked to the increase in testing. From early August, close to 50,000 tests were done every day in the State.
Covid-19 update

Delhi: Pandemic politics

Divya Trivedi The Nation
Both the Central and State governments are claiming credit for the “Delhi model” which contained the rate of infection in the capital, but there is still a long way to go.
COVID-19 Update

West Bengal: Hospitals come under fire

AS the case numbers grow in West Bengal and complaints pile up against hospitals—government ones face complaints of callousness, neglect, and inability of patients to gain admission—the administration moves to put in place new measures, but it may be too late to win back the trust of the people.
COVID-19 Update

Maharashtra: Road to recovery

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
There are signs of recovery in the State and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s decision to lift the lockdown restrictions in stages and not do things in a hurry seems to be validated.
COVID-19 Update

Odisha: Focus on fundamentals

Prafulla Das The Nation
With ramped up testing, priority to plasma therapy and special attention to the worst-affected districts, the Naveen Patnaik government is confident of gaining the upper hand in the fight against the coronavirus.
COVID-19 Update

Madhya Pradesh: Votes over virus

Anando Bhakto The Nation
In a bid to cover up his mishandling of the COVID situation in the State and win back the electorate’s trust, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announces several pro-poor schemes and initiatives.
ISRO spy case

Delayed justice for Nambi Narayanan, but will the ‘ISRO spy case’ end here?

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
The former ISRO scientist gets an “additional compensation and solatium” totalling Rs.1.3 crore for being wrongly implicated in the infamous spy case.
Conservation

Maharashtra’s green signal for the environment

Lyla Bavadam Wildlife
The State Board for Wildlife undertook several significant and positive decisions in its latest meeting that promise far-reaching benefits for ecology and wildlife in Maharashtra.

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