articles by Shishir Tripathi


Uddhav Thackeray must overcome multiple legal hurdles, comply with constitutional provisions to remain Maharashtra CM

Uddhav Thackeray has understood that bypassing all these legal hurdles to continue in the office would not an easy task hence has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to sail through this constitutional crisis.

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Coronavirus outbreak forces leaders to transcend party lines, coordinate on Twitter for welfare of migrant labourers stuck amid lockdown

This becomes interesting as social media, especially twitter has been a battleground for different ideologies, with contestation rather than consensus being the norm.


Jamia violence: In war of leaked CCTV footage, truth remains casualty as neither JCC nor Delhi Police can claim innocence

The CCTV footage released by Delhi Police was of 15 December, the night violence took place of Jamia campus.


JNU violence: Why did VC Jagadesh Kumar allow festering student resentment to escalate? And why isn't his inaction under scrutiny?

On Sunday evening, violence broke out at the JNU campus as masked men and women, armed with sticks, attacked students and teachers, and damaged property on campus


Kuldeep Singh Sengar convicted of rape: Survivor suffers trial by fire as powerful perpetrators expose loopholes in criminal justice system

The failure of the criminal justice system does not lie majorly in preventing the crime, but in failing to ensure fair investigating and protecting the interests of the victim.


SC orders probe into Telangana encounters: Extrajudicial killings are shock to India's legal conscience and have no place in a democracy

The act of killing someone is, by all means, a crime that "shocks the conscience of the nation". But, when a similar crime is committed by those who are meant to prevent it, it shocks the legal conscience of the nation


After 14 years of RTI Act, two landmark judgments by Delhi HC and appeal that waited for 9 years, Supreme Court decides CJI office comes under law

After 14 years of the existence of the Right to Information Act, two landmark judgments by Delhi High Court, both of which held that office of CJI is a "public authority" and is subject to the RTI Act and an appeal that had to wait for six years to be referred to a constitutional bench and again had to wait for three years, finally got a decision. And the decision is that the office of CJI is subject to RTI Act.


Ayodhya hearing: Lawyer Rajeev Dhavan marred his performance in Supreme Court with his needless Arnab Goswami act

Ayodhya hearing: Dhavan dramatically tore up a document submitted by one of the Hindu parties in the presence of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and other four judges of the Bench. As part of a submission of evidence, the document was a property of the court and destroying it bordered on, if not contempt of the court, contempt for the court.


Ayodhya dispute: KKK Nayar, the district magistrate accused of 'dereliction of duty' in Faizabad who helped Hindus 'reclaim land of their God'

Ayodhya hearing: Nayar who was posted at Faizabad for nine months and fourteen days, from 1 June 1949 till 14 March 1950 was accused of 'dereliction of his duty' as district magistrate and along with Guru Dutt Singh was forced to quit the service


Opposition's boycott of special Uttar Pradesh Assembly session bad strategy, optics; defiant MLAs leave Adityanath critics red-faced

The Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh should have realised that they would have made more noise by participating in the special session of the Assembly and using it to take on the government on whatever issue they would have deemed fit


SC remands poll affidavit case against Fadnavis to trial court: Beyond optics and ammo for opposition, case won't dent CM's poll prospects

The judgment has come at a time when the Election Commission announced the dates for Maharashtra Assembly elections and Fadnavis is the incumbent chief minister and face of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) campaign in the state. While it might 'politically' harm his prospects, legally it would not help opposition much beyond creating some high-decibel noise.


Narendra Modi at UNGA: Unlike Imran Khan, PM focussed on multi-lateralism and global issues

When Modi addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) it became evident that it was Prime Minister Modi — a world leader of global appeal


UPSC exams 2019: Question on ‘secularism’ objectionable, makes exercise to recruit civil servants flawed

If the question on secularism, asked in the UPSC exam, was drafting error then it can be overlooked, but if the tone was deliberate then it raises serious questions on propriety of the one who framed it, especially since the exam paper that is meant to recruit administrators whose conduct are tested on litmus of objectivity


Uttar Pradesh bears I-T burden of its MLAs with 'meagre earnings' of Rs 1.9 lakh a month; India's VVIP culture runs deeper than defunct red beacons

According to the affidavits filed by the candidates in the Legislative Assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh in 2017, more than 80 percent of MLAs were multi-millionaire.


Centre revokes special status to Jammu and Kashmir: Article 370 not entirely 'repealed' but is now redundant, says senior lawyer

The general impression that is prevailing is that Article 370 has been totally repealed. However, the reality is slightly different, says lawyer J Sai Deepak.


From Lord Basaveshwara to Chanakya, Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget speech draws from India's finest literary traditions

On Friday, when Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her maiden Budget in Lok Sabha, she too relied upon the tradition of using couplets and quotes to buttress her point that India is marching towards its goal of becoming a “developed economy’ and to achieve its true place in the comity of nations.


'Can't forget dark days': Addressing Lok Sabha on 44th anniversary of Emergency, PM takes Congress to task

Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the fact that Tuesday was the anniversary of the Emergency to remind Congress of its political misadventures


CJI Ranjan Gogoi writes to PM for removal for Allahabad HC judge: Case reveals rot in judiciary; mere touch-up won't cure epidemic

“The judge is not a knight errant” quoted former CJI Dipak Misra while striking down an order passed by Justice SN Shukla; who now faces impending ‘impeachment’. Will judiciary take its former captain's word seriously?


Speculations on Rahul Gandhi losing bungalow premature; decision to be taken only after Lok Sabha Speaker is selected

Any decision regarding the accommodation of Rahul Gandhi, or any other MP for that matter, will only be made after the Speaker of the Lok Sabha is selected.