Articles by Ajay Kumar
Feb 08, 2018
Row over Justice KM Joseph should lead to rethink on role of 'seniority' in Supreme Court appointmentsIt may not make sense to have Supreme Court judges who have short tenures before retirement. The elevation of Justice Joseph may be a good case to consider this issue.
Feb 07, 2018
Maldives crisis: Given India's adherence to international law, military intervention presents lose-lose scenarioThe Government of India needs to approach this situation in the Maldives tactfully and must avoid bowing down to popular sentiment.
Jan 30, 2018
Mamata's complaints about R-Day parade do her people no credit, drown out West Bengal's legitimate grievancesWest Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee takes complaining to a whole new level. Her latest beef with the Centre happens to be over the exclusion of West Bengal's tableau from the Republic Day parade, which is apparently an insult to the state and was done primarily because of the West Bengal theme: Unity is brotherhood.
Jan 29, 2018
P Chidambaram's pakoda jibe is an insult to small business owners, betrays mindset of middle and upper classP Chidambaram's comments were in poor taste He ought to withdraw them immediately, and without reservation.
Jan 26, 2018
68 years of India's Constitution: Repeated amendments have meant document today is fundamentally different from the one enactedIt is almost treason in the eyes of some to even suggest that the Constitution of India may not be the best Constitution in the world. But given that so much time has passed since it was enacted, it is perhaps a question that is worth examining
Jan 25, 2018
India's road to Republic: When judiciary had to draw the line which shaped the ConstitutionIndia had become a sovereign republic with a constitution of her own and the minute the Constitution came into effect, the Government realised, that it needed amendment.
Jan 24, 2018
How the Republic was born: BR Ambedkar-led Drafting Committee replaced the British monarch with the ConstitutionWhen India was drawing up her Constitution, there weren’t too many examples for her to refer to as not many Constitutions at that point had stood the test of time.
Jan 23, 2018
The long walk to the Republic: Constituent Assembly wasn't elected by the people, but worked like a model ParliamentWhile Independence formally occurred in 1947, the road to Republic started much earlier.
Jan 22, 2018
69th Republic Day: Making of the Indian Constitution and country's path to complete IndependenceAs India readies to celebrate its 69th Republic Day on 26 January, this five-part series will examine how India's Constitution came to be, how it has been contested over the years and what potential challenges lie ahead.
Jan 18, 2018
SC lifts ban on Padmaavat: High time states step up to protect freedom of speech, fringe must not be catered toIf one person commits violence, it's a crime, but if you gather a group of people to commit violence in the name of being offended then you've got a social movement. It sounds absurd, but that seems to be the case in India right now. The Supreme Court today stayed a ban imposed on the film Padmaavat by the Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh governments. The states banned the film citing certain groups had threatened law and order problems.