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Sudha Bharadwaj in Pune, India, October 27, 2018)(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

There is an environment of fear in India. The State must renew the commitment to rights

UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 07:55 PM IST
The action against a range of intellectuals and activists and journalists — Sudha Bharadwaj, Anand Teltumbde, Stan Swamy, Apoorvanand, Harsh Mander are among the better-known examples — indicates that the space for free expression and dissent is jeopardised
Mohapatra feels women’s right to public spaces is of grave seriousness and that the society needs to work together to give them that freedom
Mohapatra feels women’s right to public spaces is of grave seriousness and that the society needs to work together to give them that freedom

Every idea should be open to critique, even religion: Sona Mohapatra

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Navneet Vyasan
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 06:01 PM IST
Singer Sona Mohapatra lists the changes she’d like see in the country on the eve of its 74th Independence Day
UP police received a lot of flak when it demolished the gangster’s family home and his cars after it failed to nab him.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
UP police received a lot of flak when it demolished the gangster’s family home and his cars after it failed to nab him.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

‘Can’t spare SC judge for Vikas Dubey encounter probe’: Court to Uttar Pradesh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes. com | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 02:09 PM IST
The court also reminded the state that it is duty bound to uphold rule of law.
On Friday morning, in highly mysterious circumstances, Dubey died, and so did the story he may have told(PTI)
On Friday morning, in highly mysterious circumstances, Dubey died, and so did the story he may have told(PTI)

Vikas Dubey’s mysterious death | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2020 07:52 PM IST
Extrajudicial killings weaken the rule of law. UP must explain
The most common punishment for the police who don’t bow to political pressure is suspension or transfer(AFP)
The most common punishment for the police who don’t bow to political pressure is suspension or transfer(AFP)

Delhi riots: The police have lost their autonomy | Opinion

By Mark Tully
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2020 08:48 AM IST
The most tragic outcome of the police handling of the protests has been the death of at least 42 people.
Chief Justice of India SA Bobde addresses at International Judicial Conference, in New Delhi on Saturday.(ANI)
Chief Justice of India SA Bobde addresses at International Judicial Conference, in New Delhi on Saturday.(ANI)

Rule of law fundamental feature of Constitution: CJI Bobde

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent and Agencies
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2020 04:23 AM IST
CJI Bobde, who has been very vocal about issues concerning the environment and climate crisis, also welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the event by handing him a potted plant.
Irrespective of the background of the violence, it is clear that three institutions have failed(Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Irrespective of the background of the violence, it is clear that three institutions have failed(Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)

The darkness of Sunday night

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2020 09:21 PM IST
Hold the VC, Delhi Police, and ministries concerned to account
What is more worrying is the reaction by politicians and the public, who lauded the killing and heaped accolades on the police on the grounds that justice had been served(PTI)
What is more worrying is the reaction by politicians and the public, who lauded the killing and heaped accolades on the police on the grounds that justice had been served(PTI)

Why rule of law and due process are sacrosanct | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 05:56 PM IST
Killing the rape and murder accused may satisfy public sentiment. But it is wrong
Historian Romila Thapar and former Supreme Court judge Madan Lokur during the 12th VM Tarkunde Memorial Lecture in New Delhi on Friday.(HT PHOTO.)
Historian Romila Thapar and former Supreme Court judge Madan Lokur during the 12th VM Tarkunde Memorial Lecture in New Delhi on Friday.(HT PHOTO.)

Principle behind disagreement, dissent is a must: Former SC judge

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent and Agencies
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2019 01:03 AM IST
Talking about the principles that guided Tarkunde, who died in March 2004, Lokur said Tarkunde’s views and ideas could be considered for implementation to improve the current condition of the civil society.
India has been a robust democracy. It is deeply federal. It has maintained diversity. And it has worked towards a more just society. For the future, it needs to safeguard and preserve precisely these features(Bloomberg)
India has been a robust democracy. It is deeply federal. It has maintained diversity. And it has worked towards a more just society. For the future, it needs to safeguard and preserve precisely these features(Bloomberg)

HTLS 2019: For a better India, nurture constitutional ideals | Opinion

Hindustan Times | By Chanakya
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2019 05:15 PM IST
Democracy, federalism,equality, pluralism, and justice are India’s foundational principles. They must be preserved and deepened
India’s law and justice framework is one of the last bastions of practices associated with colonial rule(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
India’s law and justice framework is one of the last bastions of practices associated with colonial rule(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

HTLS 2019: Make legislation accessible to all | Opinion

By Arghya Sengupta
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2019 05:04 PM IST
In law, language matters. If our conversations for a better tomorrow are to encompass the law, we must be able to make sense of our laws in the first place
If the breakdown of constitutional conventions continues, the situation will be beyond even the court’s power to remedy(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
If the breakdown of constitutional conventions continues, the situation will be beyond even the court’s power to remedy(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

How the Constitution was betrayed

By Gautam Bhatia
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2019 08:48 PM IST
In Maharashtra, there was a total breakdown of constitutional morality. All actors contributed to it
The Sabarimala judgment had led to clashes between the faithful and the Kerala state administration when the latter tried to enforce the rule of law. At the time the verdict was first pronounced in 2018, many felt that this was selective as it spoke only about undoing discriminatory practices against women in Hinduism(PTI)
The Sabarimala judgment had led to clashes between the faithful and the Kerala state administration when the latter tried to enforce the rule of law. At the time the verdict was first pronounced in 2018, many felt that this was selective as it spoke only about undoing discriminatory practices against women in Hinduism(PTI)

Seeking equality across faiths | HT editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 08:33 PM IST
The SC’s Sabarimala decision opens the door for reforms
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde says it bothers him when he sees judges feeling “harassed” and finds the attack difficult to ignore.(PTI)
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde says it bothers him when he sees judges feeling “harassed” and finds the attack difficult to ignore.(PTI)

It bothers me, when I see judges feeling harassed: CJI designate Arvind Bobde

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 04:38 PM IST
Justice Bobde, who will assume charge as the 47th Chief Justice of India on November 18, also said the unrestricted criticism was not only scandalising but also tearing apart judges’ reputation.
The US urged the Pakistani government to uphold the rule of law and the freedoms enshrined in the country’s Constitution.(Reuters image)
The US urged the Pakistani government to uphold the rule of law and the freedoms enshrined in the country’s Constitution.(Reuters image)

Deeply concerned over reports of human rights abuses, religious discrimination in Pakistan: US

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2019 07:16 AM IST
Pakistan’s laws and policies continue to discriminate against members because of their faith, said Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells.
Sitharaman said she would be quite open to it and they could send her the details.(HT image)
Sitharaman said she would be quite open to it and they could send her the details.(HT image)

No better place to invest than in India, govt continuously working to bring reforms: Nirmala Sitharaman

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 10:10 AM IST
Responding to a question on why investors should allocate funds for India, she said that even if the court system is a bit delayed, India is a transparent and open society
Unless India takes on caste atrocities, refines its ODF campaign to take into account caste realities and battles impunity, an equal and dignified society will remain elusive(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)
Unless India takes on caste atrocities, refines its ODF campaign to take into account caste realities and battles impunity, an equal and dignified society will remain elusive(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

When caste, sanitation, impunity come together | HT editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2019 09:27 PM IST
The killing of Dalit children for defecating in the open reveals the long battle ahead
While the epidemic of lynching wasn’t born out of a flaw in the justice system, it is in effect, a rejection of it(REUTERS)
While the epidemic of lynching wasn’t born out of a flaw in the justice system, it is in effect, a rejection of it(REUTERS)

End mob violence, restore rule of law

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 07:37 PM IST
Vigilante justice is growing. Address it through legislation and a change in mindset.
35-40% of junior personnel believe mob justice is natural in cases like cow slaughter. 20% don’t see anything wrong in killing ‘dangerous criminals’ and prefer it to legal trials(Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)
35-40% of junior personnel believe mob justice is natural in cases like cow slaughter. 20% don’t see anything wrong in killing ‘dangerous criminals’ and prefer it to legal trials(Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)

To become a just society, strike a balance between firm and fair law enforcement

By Vipul Mudgal
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 06:05 PM IST
A study shows glaring gaps in Indian policing — from unfilled quotas of SC/STs to a dip in women officers.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday attacked the state government over what she described as ‘the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh’.(PTI Photo)
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday attacked the state government over what she described as ‘the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh’.(PTI Photo)

There is no rule of law in UP, says Mayawati

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 08:58 PM IST
In a Tweet, Mayawati said people were feeling insecure due to a spurt in crime.
Some protesters blocked the streets for long hours and impeded traffic; some radical ones even stormed the Hong Kong Legislative Council building, destroyed public facilities, attacked the police with petrol bombs and damaged the national flag of China(AP)
Some protesters blocked the streets for long hours and impeded traffic; some radical ones even stormed the Hong Kong Legislative Council building, destroyed public facilities, attacked the police with petrol bombs and damaged the national flag of China(AP)

Hong Kong: Law and order must be upheld | Analysis

By Li Bijian
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2019 07:09 PM IST
The most important task is to punish violent criminal acts, restore social stability, safeguard law and order
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during a review meeting on law and order situation with senior officials at Lok Bhawan, in Lucknow, Wednesday.(PTI)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during a review meeting on law and order situation with senior officials at Lok Bhawan, in Lucknow, Wednesday.(PTI)

Adityanath reads riot act to officials after spate of heinous crime

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2019 08:21 AM IST
At a meeting to review the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Yogi Adityanath told officers to establish the rule of law in the state by cracking down on criminals and anti-social elements.
A vacation bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi agreed to give a hearing to Bedi’s application next week after solicitor general Tushar Mehta mentioned it on her behalf(Arun Sharma / Hindustan Times)
A vacation bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi agreed to give a hearing to Bedi’s application next week after solicitor general Tushar Mehta mentioned it on her behalf(Arun Sharma / Hindustan Times)

Rule of law at peril in Puducherry: Kiran Bedi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 12:59 AM IST
A vacation bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi agreed to give a hearing to Bedi’s application next week after solicitor general Tushar Mehta mentioned it on her behalf.
If the Supreme Court can lay down one law for the country and another one for itself, there could scarcely be a worse advertisement for the rule of law.(REUTERS)
If the Supreme Court can lay down one law for the country and another one for itself, there could scarcely be a worse advertisement for the rule of law.(REUTERS)

The need to ensure justice without fear or favour

By Arghya Sengupta
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2019 07:59 PM IST
The committee must fairly determine the veracity of the allegation against the CJI irrespective of its ramifications
A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on March 8, 2019, referred the Ayodhya dispute for mediation in a bid to heal minds and hearts.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on March 8, 2019, referred the Ayodhya dispute for mediation in a bid to heal minds and hearts.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

The SC’s Ayodhya mediation offer is pragmatic and wise

By Arghya Sengupta
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 08:29 AM IST
The apex court recognises the limitations of the judicial process, and attempts to secure its own legitimacy.
(Representative image)
(Representative image)

Congress zila parishad member shot dead in Ferozepur, seven booked

Hindustan Times, Ferozepur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 10:22 PM IST
The 28-year-old was returning home after dropping his children to school on a bike.
Saradha chit fund case: Supreme Court asks CBI to file affidavit on allegations against Rajeev Kumar(PTI)
Saradha chit fund case: Supreme Court asks CBI to file affidavit on allegations against Rajeev Kumar(PTI)

Saradha chit fund case: Supreme Court asks CBI to file affidavit on allegations against Rajeev Kumar

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2019 11:59 PM IST
The judges, however, questioned the CBI’s silence for over six months on the alleged tampering of records and said the agency should have come to the court earlier.
Narendra Modi showed, quite convincingly, that short term sops will not address the conditions that give rise to farm indebtedness and misery in the first place.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Narendra Modi showed, quite convincingly, that short term sops will not address the conditions that give rise to farm indebtedness and misery in the first place.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Narendra Modi 2.0 for battle 2019

UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2019 08:05 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pressed the reset button and sought to reclaim the political narrative at the beginning of the year .
The Constitution is not just a book; it is India’s heartbeat and, more than that, our moral compass.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The Constitution is not just a book; it is India’s heartbeat and, more than that, our moral compass.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Respect the guardians who guard our Constitution

By Sidharth Luthra
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2018 06:31 PM IST
When questions are raised and motives attributed to their decisions on extraneous considerations, it is not the individual judge alone who is targeted but the legal and moral authority of courts is questioned. In fact, it’s an affront to the Constitution itself.
Jawaharlal Nehru signs on the new Constitution. On the 69th Constitution Day (November 26), Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said it was in “our best interest” to heed the advice of the Constitution as not doing so would result in a “sharp descent into chaos”(PIB)
Jawaharlal Nehru signs on the new Constitution. On the 69th Constitution Day (November 26), Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said it was in “our best interest” to heed the advice of the Constitution as not doing so would result in a “sharp descent into chaos”(PIB)

Why President Kovind’s Constitution Day speech is important

Hindustan Times | By KumKum Dasgupta
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 11:59 PM IST
He expanded the existing parameters of what constitutes for social justice, making the phrase much more relevant to modern India.
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