Firstpost Editor's Picks: MHA notification on surveillance, waning Modi wave, lost NITI Aayog; today's must-read articles
A quick rundown of the five best articles published by Firstpost on Friday, 21 December.
In the new internet and data age, surveillance needs a very different approach. The extent of invasion of privacy enabled thereby makes it vital to reconsider the adequacy and constitutionality of Section 69 and of the procedural safeguards prescribed for an interception, etc. under the Rules. The safeguards as laid down under the PUCL case and upheld under the Shreya Singhal case should not be taken as the benchmark to judge the constitutionality of surveillance safeguards as well.
The inception of NITI Aayog was a strategic decision by the Narendra Modi government. Its aim was to replace the idea of development planning from public perception. However, it is not simple to do that since it is meant to cater to the needs of those people who are either unable to seize opportunities or are excluded by the market.
Come 2019, Narendra Modi cannot ignore his allies in a country that is known to throw up a fractured mandate in Lok Sabha elections more often than not. With the BJP's aura of invincibility shattered by recent Assembly and bypoll results, and a united Opposition shoring up attack, the National Democratic Alliance should sure put its house in order and soon.
A web-comic on where the sexual harassment laws in India fall tragically short in addressing the phenomenon of harassment in and outside the workplace
The question has to be asked: Does the WTA have more interesting plotlines right now than the men’s tour? Two years ago it would have been unthinkable to even suggest something like that. But now, not only can we ask that question, but we also have a clear answer.
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Bihar polls: Narendra Modi to address 12 rallies from 23 Oct; Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur among first stops
Bihar will vote for the 243-member Assembly in three phases — 28 October, 3 November and 7 November. Counting will be held on 10 November
Lockdown over but coronavirus still here, says Narendra Modi in speech; PM urges caution during Navratri, Durga Puja
Acknowledging that the country has come a long way in the fight against the pandemic since the 'Janata Curfew' in March, Modi said that India has been more successful in saving the lives of its citizens than more prosperous countries.
'Rising trend of powerful men seeking gag orders': Read NWMI's statement on muzzling of media in cases of sexual assault, harassment
In the context of rape in particular, the trend of the accused seeking to prevent the media from covering trials presents a unique challenge for media reportage.