Editorials

Gaza on the brink

Gaza on the brink

Israel and Hamas need to pull back to allow humanitarian intervention in the territory The sudden flare-up in Gaza between Palestinian militant groups and Israel is another grim reminder that the situation in the blockaded Mediterranean strip remains precarious. The latest violence was triggered by a botched spy operation by …

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When judges legislate

When judges legislate

In many recent judgments, the Supreme Court has become hyper-activist in making laws. But can judges legislate? This question has already been answered in the past by the court. In Ram Jawaya v. The State of Punjab (1955), the court observed: “Our Constitution does not contemplate assumption, by one organ …

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The Ex-Kaiser and Family.

The Ex-Kaiser and Family.

“What to do with the Kaiser?” is the question most keenly debated in Paris. The French press demands that the Kaiser shall be placed on trial by the free peoples for the murder of millions of men and for the ravaged towns. No agreeable retirement must be allowed him. [In …

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Stable State governments

President, Dr. Zakir Husain said here

President, Dr. Zakir Husain said here [New Delhi] to-day [November 15] that the draft Fourth Plan will be presented to the National Development Council in January next. The preparation of the Fourth Plan had involved difficult choices at every stage and a re-formulation of basic national policies. Inaugurating the conference …

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Setting a proper diet plan

To tackle malnutrition, food prices must be regulated and the PDS strengthened in both developed and poor States Despite being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, India has been ranked at 103 out of 119 countries, with hunger levels categorised as “serious”, in the Global Hunger Index …

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The gold standard for a Prime Minister

Jawaharlal Nehru’s greatness is that the nation often misses his empathy, intellect and competence India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, is now moving through an eclipse that B.R. Ambedkar experienced and yet emerged from more luminous. During his life, Ambedkar was vilified by both the left and the right, and …

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A question of writ

The Sabarimala and Asia Bibi cases put the spotlight on how institutions adhere to constitutional principles On the streets of India and Pakistan, a frightening message is being sent out: that courts must not rush in where politicians fear to tread. In matters of faith, courts must simply sit on …

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Bittersweet judgment

The U.K. Supreme Court has made the mistake of conflating speech with conduct in the gay marriage cake case Bakeries in the U.S. and the U.K. have become the latest sites of contestation about fundamental rights. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Christian baker’s right to refuse to …

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Turn the page

Sri Lankan President Sirisena must find a way to work with Ranil Wickremesinghe After three weeks of political turmoil, Sri Lanka’s controversially dismissed Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, appears to have gained the upper hand. A majority of lawmakers backed a no-confidence motion in Parliament against Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former President …

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Full disclosure

Structural reforms are needed to bring accountability to the credit rating industry After the IL&FS crisis, the Securities and Exchange Board of India is now trying to increase the level of scrutiny on credit rating agencies that failed to warn investors about it. SEBI has come out with new guidelines …

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