Month: March 2013

न्यायिक नियुक्तियों सम्बन्धी कॉलिजियम पध्दति की पुनरीक्षा की जरूरत

March 28, 2013

भारत को स्वतंत्र हुए 65 से ज्यादा वर्ष हो गए हैं। यदि कोई मुझसे पूछे कि साढ़े छ: दशकों की इस अवधि में देश की सर्वाधिक बड़ी उपलब्धि क्या रही है, तो निस्संकोच मेरा जवाब होगा : लोकतंत्र।   हम गरीबी, निरक्षरता और कुपोषण पर विजय नहीं पा सके हैं। लेकिन पश्चिमी विद्वानों के प्रचंड निराशावाद के विपरीत 1947 के बाद से औपनिवेशिक दासता से मुक्त होने वाले देशों में विशेष रूप से भारत जीवंत और बहुदलीय लोकतंत्र बना हुआ है।   यह भी सत्य है कि 1975-77 के आपातकाल की अवधि के दो वर्ष का कालखण्ड एक काले धब्बे की तरह है, जब कानून का शासन, अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता और लोकतंत्र की अन्य जरूरी विशेषताओं पर ग्रहण लग गया था।   मेरा मानना है कि 1975 में इलाहाबाद उच्च न्यायालय के निर्णय जिसने न केवल प्रधानमंत्री श्रीमती गांधी के चुनाव को अवैध करार दिया था अपितु उनके 6 वर्षों … Continue reading न्यायिक नियुक्तियों सम्बन्धी कॉलिजियम पध्दति की पुनरीक्षा की जरूरत

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March 25, 2013

India has now been an independent country for over 65 years. If any one were to ask me as to what has been the country’s biggest achievement during this period of six and a half decades I would unhesitatingly say : Democracy.   We have not been able to overcome poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition. But notwithstanding the intense cynicism of western scholars, India is practically the only one among the developing countries liberated from colonial rule which has remained a vibrant, vigorous multi-party democracy all these years since 1947.   True, there has been a two-year exception – the Emergency period of 1975-1977, when the Rule of Law, Freedom of Expression and such other essential attributes of democracy came under eclipse.   I hold that in June 1975, following the Allahabad High Court judgement, which not only struck down Prime Minister Smt. Gandhi’s election to the Lok Sabha as invalid, … Continue reading THE COLLEGIUM SYSTEM OF JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS NEEDS TO BE REVISITED

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March 18, 2013

Last month I received a copy of Khushwantnama: The Lessons of my life.  I completed the 188-page book by Khushwant Singh almost in a single sitting. And the first thing I felt like doing after reading the book was to ask my office to connect me to Khushwant Singh so that I could offer him my salutations for this wonderful book published by Penguin Viking.   The person who picked up the phone at the other end told my office that Khushwant Singhji may not be able to come to the phone. A message was also conveyed that if Advani wanted to meet Khushwant ji, he was welcome to see him that evening. I immediately responded that I had another engagement that evening, but I would certainly call on him the next day.   Khushwant Singh was born on February 2, 1915. So when I received this book in February, … Continue reading AMAZING AUTHOR : THOUGHT PROVOKING BOOK

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