Articles by Sandip Roy
Sep 01, 2015
Death penalty only for terror? Law Commission's proposal no lasting solutionThe Supreme Court had already decreed that capital punishment should be reserved for the “rarest of rare” cases. What the Law Commission is basically saying is that is too fuzzy a definition and too many cases are ending up in the “rarest of rare” bucket even though higher courts eventually quashed many of those sentences. In fact the number of death sentences being quashed shows they are being imposed too arbitrarily.
Sep 01, 2015
The invisible accused: Indrani Mukerjea’s driver is facing the worst punishmentShamwar Pinturam Rai was Indrani Mukerjea’s former driver and allegedly an accomplice in dumping her body. In a story studded with an Alpha cast he is the bit player who is usually referred to by his job description - the driver. It's another matter that it was his arrest that opened up the entire long-buried can of worms.
Aug 29, 2015
Sheena Bora murder: Lessons we did NOT learn from Aarushi Talwar caseSomewhere in this whole Mukerjea scandal we are in danger of forgetting that the real story is about the death of a young woman. A murder it is alleged.
Aug 27, 2015
Patidars for OBC quota: Is Hardik Patel actually spearheading an anti-reservation movement?Hardik Patel in his address to the rally says that Nitish Kumar in Bihar is “one of us” as is Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh. He is appealing to a larger brotherhood of Patidars which he claims is really 27 crore.
Aug 26, 2015
Political parties are not bechara: Why they should be under RTI ambitBut the parties feel that transparency needs to stop at their doors. “Political rivals with malicious intentions” could file RTI applications and adversely affect the parties’ “political functioning” says the affidavit.
Aug 24, 2015
From FTII to Presidency College: Students should be cautious of 'sympathetic' politiciansPresidency, Jadavpur, FTII all have different back stories. Even if the basic demands sometimes sound the same – the vice chancellor should resign – the nuances are different.
Aug 22, 2015
Secret illnesses of leaders: Jimmy Carter's dignified embrace of cancer has a lesson for our netasWhat Jimmy Carter did was break a taboo and face his disease squarely
Aug 20, 2015
Real lesson from Uphaar fire tragedy: Justice delayed reduces the tragedy to just a numberIn a world where there’s always a new scandal around the corner, where Saradha passes the baton to Lalitgate and Vyapam, the 1997 tragedy of Uphaar Cinema is a distant memory for most of us.
Aug 20, 2015
Suit-boot ki sarkar vs kurta-pajama sarkar: Rahul Gandhi mistakes clothesline for lifelineClothes might not make the man but they apparently make the politician. Rahul Gandhi seems to have decided that the way to the revival of the Congress is through its wardrobe.
Aug 18, 2015
From MSG to Dubai: PM Modi's perfect template to inspire some crazy NRI loveNow Narendra Modi has to show that he relishes getting his agenda through parliament as much as he relishes selling it at rallies.