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A sense of loss was writ over the faces of those who lost their little abodes. “We were given no written notice, nor were told of demolition,” they complained. The demolition drive, however, continued the following day too. The victims watched haplessly as possessions made through a lifetime’s savings went to smithereens. They could not utter a word, not to say protest, as a strong police posse stood guard, ostensibly to ward off trouble.

2008, may-june »

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With false promises the Indian state has again betrayed Dalits this year. The tall claims of achieving growth with inclusion have faltered again. The total budget allocation under Plan Outlay for the year 2008-2009 is Rs 2,43,385.5 crores and under the Scheduled Castes Sub Plani (SCSP) the government is liable to allocate Rs 40090.90 crores exclusively for Dalits (16.7 percent of the total plan budget) but it has allocated just Rs 11715.07 crores (29 percent of the total due under the SCSP) for the welfare of SCs, which means again …

2008, may-june »

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The main respondent, The Hotel Association of India pleaded that Section 30 of the Punjab Excise Act, 1914, which prohibits the employment of “any man under the age of 25 years” or “any woman” in any part of premises in which liquor or intoxicating drugs are consumed was unconstitutional as it prevented women from achieving gender equality.

2008, may-june »

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In a speech delivered by the then Chief Justice of India, Shri RC Lahoti, on Law Day – November 26, 2004, the chief justice had praised the judiciary for “carrying a phenomenal burden which perhaps no other judiciary in the world has had to shoulder.”

2008, may-june »

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The finance minister presented the Union Budget for 2008-09 amid growing realisation that the poor have been left way behind in the mad race for high economic growth that swelled the fortunes of the affluent. As per the Planning Commission’s Approach Paper for the XI Plan, unemployment has grown from 9.5 percent in 1993-94 to 15.3 percent in 2004-05 among poor households dependent solely on agricultural labour.

2008, may-june »

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Small is certainly beautiful. And so is this small black pictorial pocket book, The Torn First Pages, authored by Amar Kanwar. The Public Press New Delhi with the help of Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway; Office of Contemporary Art, Norway; Mizzima News, New Delhi; Nordland Art Films Schoolkunst, Lofoten; Magic Lantern Foundation, New Delhi; and several individuals too have collaborated to bring out this little yet significant book.

2008, may-june »

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I am extremely happy that a seminar is being held on “judicial reforms”. “Judicial reforms” is a theme, which is so much of talked about but too little done. Indian judicial system has a long history right from the pre-British days. In the 18th century a uniform pattern of judiciary emerged and during the British regime high courts were established in presidency towns.

2008, may-june »

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) recognises the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all human beings. There are certain basic needs that are essential for a dignified life. Water and sanitation are two of these essential human needs and a clean environment is also increasingly recognised as a fundamental human right.

2008, may-june »

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It was a chance encounter with the Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri, when on a sultry afternoon towards the end of March he happened to visit the Press Club of India, Delhi, to share achievements made by his state with the media after his ascent to the top job in Dehradun. I could not help asking him about the arrest of a journalist in Uttarakhand, Prashant Rahi, on charges of being a ‘zonal commander of a Maoist group’.

2008, may-june »

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Working under considerable handicaps such as inadequate funds, budgetary allocations for law and justice not being part of plan expenditure, lack of resources, shortage of staff and infrastructure, the Indian judiciary can still claim a better standing with the other wings of governance in performance.