J Santhosh

Omission and Commission

States like TN may see their revenue dip if the Financial Commission determines the share of Central tax funds based on 2011 population census. Many experts see the controversy as a result of much dee

29 Sep 2019

Six reasons why educationists say public exams for Class 5, 8 is a bad idea

As per the recent government order, only for three years from now will the results not be declared. After that, the results will be declared and the students who scored poorly will be detained

22 Sep 2019

Has the judiciary become a higher power than other domains of the establishment in Tamil Nadu?

Legal experts are wondering if the Madras High Court has entered the domain of other branches of the State through some of its recent judgements.

04 Aug 2019

Modi government's draft NEP proposes a paradigm shift in education planning

September 5 is celebrated as Teachers’ Day in memory of great scholar Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, architect of independent India’s first higher education policy.

14 Jul 2019

2019 LS polls: Cheerless at Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu

In a constituency where voters complain about lack of development, candidates are the biggest disadvantage for both BJP and Congress.

07 Apr 2019

Why Tamil Nadu people say they will not refuse bribes for votes

The state population feels that honesty is no longer a virtue reflected by the government machinery, especially at the lower rungs with which people interact.

05 Apr 2019

PM Modi takes centralisation of powers to new heights

After Indira Gandhi’s regime, it was under Modi’s rule that the urge to centralise powers at New Delhi – starting from sanitation to education – was keenly felt.

13 Mar 2019

Why the water tankers' strike brought Chennai to its knees? 

The city’s Metro Water Board was helpless. But why should Chennai be at the mercy of a bunch of private water tankers for its very survival?

21 Oct 2018

Is the Modi government's Higher Education draft Bill an attempt to consolidate the Centre's powers?

The fundamental aim of the draft bill is to abolish the existing University Grants Commission (UGC), the country’s apex body that distributes funds to public universities based on certain criteria.

15 Jul 2018

Higher Education Commission bill: Big goals, but sans institutional autonomy

What is the policy of education, the commission would believe in? The draft bill says the main functions of the proposed HECI is to promote “the autonomy of higher educational institutions for the fre

15 Jul 2018

Was Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan's legal opinion on Governor's direct meetings with officials right?

In an unprecedented move, the Raj Bhavan released a couple few statements and a legal opinion last week justifying the Governor’s regular, direct meetings with State government officials.

01 Jul 2018

Legal validity of Section 124 debatable in current context

Section 124 is widely debated after Raj Bhavan threatened to invoke IPC section 124 against opposition leader M K Stalin for the road-roko staged by DMK near the Governor’s office.

26 Jun 2018

Kilpauk doctor murder: 'Reckless' probe by Chennai police is riddled with blunders

‘Blunder-riddled’ investigation carried out by police for fast-tracking case has resulted in an innocent youth spending more than two years in prison.

18 Mar 2018

What the Constituent Assembly debates tell us about Governor’s role

Is it right for a Governor to directly ask the State officials report to him?

19 Nov 2017

'Ms Bedi, I am a Kurava, and I'm not a thief'

A 17-year-old from Kuravar community was under the illegal custody of the police, learning what it means to be a Kurava.

07 Aug 2016

City's Thirst Draining Village Well

Chennai’s ever-increasing water demand has become a nightmare for the Illalur Panchayat, a hamlet near OMR, where farmers are selling ground water to private players in exchange for huge money, despite the panchayat ordering them not to

02 Nov 2015

In a First, High Court Proceedings Telecast Live

A 55-cm TV and two loudspeakers were on Wednesday placed just outside the main High Court building telecasting proceedings against two Madurai-based Bar leaders for nearly 40 minutes

01 Oct 2015

In a First, CCTV Cameras Fixed in Chief Justice's Court

Four CCTV cams — two behind judges’ seats and two in visitor’s gallery; order in the wake of lawyers’ stir

24 Sep 2015

Lost in Lawyer Ruckus, Bigger Issue of Tamil in High Court

Hindi has been allowed in four other High Courts for the last several decades seemingly without any hurdle.

18 Sep 2015

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