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R Jagannathan is the Editor-in-Chief of Firstpost.

Mar 25, 2015

Striking down 66A: Did SC also say that internet offences can draw higher penalties?

The same bench which struck down section 66A also held that IT crimes can have different punishments than what is prescribed under the Indian Penal Code for the same offence #Article 14 #CriticalPoint #Equality Before Law #Freedom of Speech #Section 66A #Supreme Court Judgment

Mar 25, 2015

Good riddance to Sec 66A; Nehru’s Article 19(2) curbs on free speech should be next

The intellectual parent of section 66A of the IT Act is actually the ill-defined clauses of Article 19(2) (of which more later), which either needs to be scrapped or defined more precisely so that there is less scope for abuse. #BJP #Congress #curbs on free speech in India #Free speech in India #India #IT Act #Sec 66A #Section 66A of IT Act

Mar 24, 2015

Rajnath Singh is right: A debate on religious conversions is probably overdue

A ban on religious conversion is illiberal but a debate on conversions is not the same as communal. It is time we held a robust debate on the issue. #communalism #Conversions #CriticalPoint #ghar wapsi #Home Minister #India #liberals #Politics #Rajnath Singh #Religion #Sangh Parivar

Mar 23, 2015

With CPI and WPI on different planets, it is time to scrap at least one of them

In recent memory, retail and wholesale inflation have never been 7.5 percent apart. One of the two indices - CPI or WPI - is surely off the mark. Time to scrap one of them, probably the WPI #CPI #GDP #retail inflation #wholesale inflation #WPI

Mar 23, 2015

Govt may be making a mistake in rejecting Jindal coal bids

The fine print of the bidding agreements may allow the government to cancel any bid it consider unrepresentative of true value, but the downside is this: if a process widely acclaimed as fair and transparent is now used to scuttle some unexpected results, will it not jeopardise the whole process? This is like cancelling an election because the wrong party has won. #Bidding #chattisgarh #coal #Jindal group

Mar 21, 2015

Sonia Gandhi’s new-found aggression may not do much for Congress: Here’s why

Sonia Gandhi's return to lead the Congress from the front is giving her short-term momentum, but the tide of history is moving against her. And she is not helped by the long absences of her son, who seems to be on another planet. #BJP #Congress party #Narendra Modi #Opposition Unity #Politics Decoder #PoliticsDecoder #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi

Mar 18, 2015

Sonia’s anti-Land Bill march is really a battle on behalf of feudal interests

Neither Sonia Gandhi's original Land Acquisition Act, nor the NDA's amendments, is a solution to ensuring a fair price for land. Restoring the fundamental right to property and creating a vibrant land market are more important steps #Land Acquisition Act #Modi's Amendments #Sonia Gandhi's Protests

Mar 18, 2015

‘Ghar wapsi’ has become a bad phrase despite Article 25 guaranteeing it

Why has the term "ghar wapsi" become code for communalism rather than just another religious conversion programme that is guaranteed under article 25 of the constitution? #Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha #Bengal nun rape #Conversions #ghar wapsi #Hindus #RSS

Mar 17, 2015

Was BJP-NC deal possible in J&K? Nah, it was even less workable than PDP-BJP

In theory, the PDP-BJP alliance was the least unmanageable coalition in J&K. The other possibilities would simply have been more unstable and more unworkable. #BJP #Congress #HowThisWorks #India #Jammu Kashmir #Mufti Mohammed Sayeed #Omar Abdullah #PDP #PDP-BJP alliance #Politics Decoder #Popular mandate

Mar 17, 2015

Jaitley’s auction paradox: Without bankruptcy code, high bids also endanger banks

The coal and spectrum auctions are good for the exchequer, but if banks have to lend to bidders and some of them go bust, the problem will blow up in Arun Jaitley's face as banks begin to face bankruptcy #Arun Jaitley #Auction #Bankruptcy #Banks #coal #MINING #Sick Industrial Companies Act