articles by Ajay Kumar

India

Ayodhya bhumi pujan: Would Lord Ram have sanctioned just war that caused mosque to fall by unjust means?

When it is recognised that the breaking of the mosque in Ayodhya was wrong, just restoration as ordered must be made before a temple may be built there; meaning that at the hour of inauguration, the only god there will be the one projecting himself as one

India

SC's actions in Prashant Bhushan, Twitter case show court as vehicle for administration, not dispenser of justice

If Twitter has an obligation to unilaterally take down tweets without an order, then the SC must not just state the source of this obligation but also spell out when this obligation is activated

India

Coronavirus lockdown must catalyse widespread use of virtual hearings in Indian legal system

Virtual hearings have shown that matters can be heard quickly and disposed of quickly. Further, the barrier created by urgency, has ensured that only cases that truly belong in court are being brought to the court

India

Rape threats against Agrima Joshua show Shivaji's progressive ideals have been hijacked by thugs

The clip can be found online and, quite frankly, is really funny because it makes fun of a government that’s spending, what many taxpayers consider a lot of money, building a memorial for Shivaji. The clip in no way even hints at a joke about the man, only makes fun of the jingoism of his followers.

India

Vikas Dubey killing: How was a fleeing gangster shot in the chest? Why no handcuffs? Too many questions for UP Police to answer

Last Friday, eight police personnel were gunned down in an ambush when they went to try and arrest Vikas Dubey. After a manhunt, he was found on Thursday in Ujjain, and Friday morning he was dead

India

Who is an Indian citizen? Should all immigrants be naturalised? The problem of citizenship is a knot too hard to untie

In India today, the topic of citizenship has become a hot button issue thanks to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

India

CAA, NRC, Article 370 protests have called into question idea of India's secularism; answers lie beyond the Constitution

Saying India is secular because the Constitution says so is an appeal to authority. The people of India deserve the dignity of an argument for secularism

India

Citizenship Amendment Act: Mass awareness campaign need of the hour as misinformation on law fuels protests, serves vested interests

The fact is blatant misinformation about this Act has been spread by vested interests and this misinformation is bringing this country to the brink of a full-blown riot.

India

Meghalaya HC's 'Hindu Nation' opinion makes no sense: India should not ape Pakistan, it has been secular since pre-Independence days

The idea that India was ever meant to be a Hindu country is laughable and the high court's observations on this point, apart from being unwarranted, fly in the face of reason.

India

Vasundhara Raje must understand lynching isn't murder, even Supreme Court said so: Anti-lynching law is a must

Lynching is not merely an ordinary murder. Mob lynching, unlike murder, are done not to just attack the victim but to also send a broader social message that certain actions will be met with violent retribution.

India

Triple talaq ordinance entrenches women in marital patriarchy rather than freeing them; must be reconsidered

The ordinance is problematic for many reasons: the foremost of which is the criminalisation of the practice of triple talaq.

India

Banning books is draconian; govt may use its powers to clamp down but it will be thwarted by technology

Unless one turns into an effective police state like China, banning books is an exercise in futility.

India

Unlawful Activities Act: India's anti-terrorism law's ambiguous nature gives unreasonable power to authorities

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 is India's anti-terrorism law. The UAPA, along with the National Security Act, 1980, are the two swords of the law that are used to combat terrorism.

India

Abolishing Article 35A will dilute autonomy granted under Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir, breach UN resolution

Abolishing Article 35A would unilaterally take away certain constitutional guarantees offered to Jammu and Kashmir residents at the time of Delhi Agreement of 1952.

News & Analysis

A social media hub in India could lead to disastrous outcomes and is best avoided

The closest example to this level of social media monitoring is not really seen in the democratic world.

India

Shashi Tharoor to stand trial in Sunanda Pushkar death case: Here's what the MP is being charged with

Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor was summoned by a Delhi court on Tuesday as an accused in connection with the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

India

Floor test in Karnataka Assembly today at 4 pm: SC must guard against overreach, trying to run the House

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the selection of KG Bopaiah as pro tem Speaker to preside over the vote of confidence today

Politics

Karnataka Assembly floor test: Speaker's role crucial, but battle only prelude to summer's political potboiler

The Supreme Court has ordered that the Karnataka Assembly vote on a confidence motion on the BJP government on Saturday.

Politics

Karnataka polls: As BJP, Congress and JD(S) scramble for support, the anti-defection law will play a crucial role

If the Congress and JD(S) issue a whip to vote against the confidence motion for the government and certain legislators defect, they will lose their seats.