Kaleeswaram Raj

Legislating equality and fraternity

Communalism can be resisted, not by a different version of it, but only by constitutionalism. The politics of hatred need to be checked by politics of love and inclusiveness.

10 Jan 2022

AFSPA, a law warranting immediate repeal

The pity is that the statute as well as the forces that were designed for the people of the country unreasonably and unjustly burden them instead

14 Dec 2021

Pegasus order calls for cautious optimism

International targeted surveillance with a political agenda, to fulfil the interests of the market forces or of those who run the electoral autocracies, poses a civilisational threat.

15 Nov 2021

Lakhimpur, a question of human dignity

The law should be always above the politics of the day. However, in the UP model, the law is only an instrument of political power

18 Oct 2021

A Supreme Court of possibilities 

The Indian judiciary is at a crossroads. The CJI can do a lot in bringing in reforms in the system as demonstrated by Willy Mutunga, former Chief Justice of Kenya

23 Sep 2021

Concerns over judicial appointments 

The President of India has notified the appointment of nine Supreme Court judges by accepting the recommendation of the Collegium.

29 Aug 2021

Legislative immunity is not absolute

The very idea of privilege is colonial and there is mounting pressure across the Commonwealth countries to abolish the ‘special statuses’ for lawmakers

02 Aug 2021

Lakshadweep: When the law unsettles everything

The penal provisions in the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities draft regulation are also worth examining.

06 Jul 2021

Governance during the pandemic

Two aspects were notable in the conduct of the executive: a lack of accountability and a convenient misuse of the pandemic period.

08 Jun 2021

Poll panel needs radical reforms

Last Thursday, a Supreme Court Bench consisting of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah delivered a significant judgment.

09 May 2021

Compassion and the court

Of late, one finds anger, anguish and exasperation on the Bench, not empathy. But compassion is not alien to our judiciary

11 Jul 2019

Addressing judicial misbehaviour

A constitutional mechanism to deal with the alleged crimes committed by judges needs to be designed

16 May 2019