Freedom most reasonable

Written by Upendra Baxi | Published on:March 31, 2015 12:48 am In an elegant and comprehensive judgment that is widely held as historic, Supreme Court Justices J. Chelameswar and Rohinton F. Nariman constitutionally invalidated Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, introduced by a 2009 amendment. They agreed that everyone was vulnerable to

No plaything (IndianExpress)

Justice M. Hidayatullah memorably wondered whether our Constitution was the “plaything of a special majority”. That was in Sajjan Singh vs State of Rajasthan in 1965. In 1967, in I.C. Golaknath and Others vs State of Punjab and Another, the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental rights enshrined in Part

Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Since the dawn of civilization, except for the last 250 years, Asia had half the world’s wealth and two centres of gravity – China and India. With Asia estimated to possess two-thirds of global GPD in 2050, because of favourable demographics India has the potential to overtake the United States

RBI tightens takeover norms for shadow banking

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) plans tougher rules for takeovers involving non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), according to draft guidelines published on Monday, outlining a demand that all substantial deals seek its prior approval. In its latest effort to boost transparency and strengthen its grip on the alternative lenders that

Gujarat passes controversial anti-terror Bill

Among the controversial provisions of the Bill is Clause 16 which makes confessions before police officers admissible in court. The Gujarat Assembly, on Tuesday, passed the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill 2015, a re-adopted version of the controversial 2003 Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Bill (GUJCOCA), which

Cabinet clears order to extend land reforms

The cabinet cleared a new ordinance on land purchases on Tuesday, government officials said, extending measures to make transactions easier that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been unable to get onto the statute book. The decree, which needs the president’s signature to take effect, represents a temporary workaround after opposition