Articles by Alok Prasanna Kumar
May 29, 2019
Lok Sabha elections: It would be wrong to assume EC faltered in its duties during NDA regime; it has to address historical fissuresWhether it was the questionable delay in announcing the election schedule, or a putting out a schedule which appeared to suit the BJP and its leaders, or the failure to enforce the Model Code of Conduct against Narendra Modi or Amit Shah, the EC's performance has not exactly inspired faith in its abilities to conduct a free and fair election.
May 20, 2019
SC verdict upholding quotas in promotions welcome, but top court must also address low representation of SCs, STs in judiciaryArray
Apr 24, 2019
CJI judging sexual harassment allegations against himself: Ranjan Gogoi's move an eerie echo of Dipak Misra's actionsIn effect, Gogoi called a press conference without actually calling a press conference. The hearing was not aimed so much as taking any judicial action but putting out his version of the story. What is particularly galling is that he chose to do it from his perch as the Chief Justice of India. It is as blatant and naked abuse of power as it gets.
Apr 03, 2019
Legal reforms in Congress manifesto for Lok Sabha election 2019: A mix of necessary, needless and niggardly promisesCongress Manifesto of 2019 ahead of Lok Sabha election has proposed an interesting set of ideas for legal, judicial and institutional reforms. Are campaign manifestos just a laundry list of changes made to please many without angering more, or are they offering a vision of hope to these with a bleak present?
Mar 09, 2019
Candidates have to reveal IT returns of 5 years: EC's misguided poll regulations detached from ground realityInstead of re-evaluating its approach, the Election Commission has only doubled down on its flawed approach to the matter. While the latest move raises questions about privacy and confidentiality, it is also reflective of an approach to the regulation of elections that is entirely detached from the ground reality
Feb 04, 2019
Plea for Sanskrit prayers at Kendriya Vidyalayas begs for honest judicial, political test of Indian secularismIs it against the Constitution for the Kendriya Vidyalayas, institutes which are funded and managed by the government, to insist on students beginning their day with a Hindu prayer?
Dec 14, 2018
Rafale controversy: Supreme Court verdict is no clean chit to govt; deal may be ill-advised without being illegalThe Supreme Court’s Rafale deal judgment is what I would like to call a judgment delivered out of “institutional trauma”.
Oct 17, 2018
MJ Akbar vs Priya Ramani: Junior minister tries to exhaust one accuser through legal means, and system might just allow itHad the current laws been in place when the women suffered at the hands of MJ Akbar, they could have approached the police or the internal complaints committeeat the organisations where he worked.
Aug 28, 2018
Govt may term Sanatan Sanstha terror entity, but gaping holes in law hamper police action on fringe elementsGiven what we know of the Sanatan Sanstha’s activities and alleged crimes, it should ideally be classified as a “terrorist organisation”.
Jul 05, 2018
Delhi govt-Centre power tussle: SC has not resolved all issues fully, but has set framework for addressing themIrrespective of who declares victory, this judgment will not resolve the current, ongoing tussle between the L-G and the AAP-ruled Delhi government