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Rajeev Dhavan

Rajeev Dhavan

Supreme Court lawyerrajeev.dhavan@gmail.com
Supreme Court lawyer.

By Rajeev Dhavan

Decriminalising elections: Cleaning up the electoral process

Treat it as a Valentine's message to the people of India.

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How the CAA movement has shaken the establishment

The Modi-Shah combine is handling the CAA movement with a rigid unflinching strategy to not give in when good sense should have prevailed.

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How Citizenship Amendment Act feeds into Hindutva logic

The people's protest is a movement to save India's soul. It is the Indian spring in winter.

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The learning curve ahead for the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance

The Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition between the Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress is a learning experience for a future politics of reconciliation and hope.

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Why BJP is responsible for the Maha disaster

The party does not have a clear majority in most of the states it claims to rule.

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Why should Indians continue to live under the shadow of sedition?

Indian democracy must consider whether the offence of sedition itself must be abolished.

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Lessons for India from a UK court verdict

The PM’s advice to the President has to be in the public domain as it represents the exercise of constitutional power.

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The sultanate of governors

There has been an overt conversion of the post of the governor into a totally political one.

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Examining the validity of Article 370: Why its abrogation and reorganization of Kashmir violates the Constitution of India

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are going against the very Constitution they had sworn to protect.

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Bringing Kulbhushan Jadhav home: Why gloating over India’s victory at the ICJ won’t do us any good

India is claiming a victory at the ICJ in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. So is Pakistan. Here are some facts that both sides need to pay attention to.

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Not a poll sop: Why politicians must understand the legal aspects before announcing reservations

Yogi Adityanath declared 17 OBC communities to be treated as Scheduled Castes. Didn't he know that only Parliament has this power?

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Cricket World Cup 2019 shows the best and worst of our time

Is rainy England the right place for the game to be played? From teams getting one point each and upsetting the points table to un-resumed games and Duckworth-Lewis – a partially played World Cup is not a World Cup.

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The battle of linguistics: Forcing Hindi on South Indian states is going to do more harm than good

Forcing a language on a particular part of a nation as diverse as India, goes against the fundamental rights that our Constitution grants to every citizen.

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Why Nehru is relevant

The key to the Nehru era is its goodness and the love which his countrymen returned to him in abundant measure.

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The fight for democracy has just begun

Indian society must operate its activist strength on a continuing basis. The election results portray the electoral strength of the people.

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The loss of discourse

The 2019 election destroyed democratic discourse. Modi set the tone, Opposition parties respond in kind.

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The Official Secrets Act in the times of Rafale, Bofors

An important issue remains: Should journalists be forced to disclose their sources?

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No, India hasn't violated any international law in Balakot

India has not gratuitously used force but has been restrained and, now, exercised its right to self-defence.

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Why the Triple Talaq issue is proving to be such a troubled divorce

The Triple Talaq Bill cannot be an exercise to punish one community. But that, observers find, is what it appears as.

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How the CBI tussle proves that the institution is still 'caged'

Law is great, but politics seems greater.

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India can't be a predatory force if there's a begging bowl in her hand

For Indians, 2019 has to be the year of resistance to what India has become and to fight for justice at all levels.

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Assembly elections 2018: Why Congress should not celebrate the results

These elections were low on quality. The Congress thrived on state-level personality cults, not strategies.

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From Ram temple to Rahul Gandhi’s Hindu status: Are politicians using religion to corrupt our election process

Presently, Indian society is strife with provocative communalism projected generally and in elections. Civil society, with all its contradictions, has to stop this.

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Why we should rethink the death penalty

We execute the poor. The rich get off.

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Why the build-up in Ayodhya today is not a celebration of faith

One lakh RSS, One lakh VHP, 500 sainiks — this is coercive and intimidatory.

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Why I think Theresa May's Brexit press conference was repetitive

Will there be a second referendum? PM May says 'no'. Others are not sure.

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Triple Talaq Ordinance: What is government's motivation behind bypassing Parliament?

The claim that this emanates from the Supreme Court judgment of August 2017 is fallacious. The majority in the Supreme Court never demanded legislation.

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CBI vs CVC: Who will protect us from the protectors?

The Supreme Court has become a protector of the Rule of law. But how far and to what extent can it go?

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Why renaming Allahabad as Prayagraj is an attempt to rewrite history communally

Given the timing of the declaration, it has electoral implications for the election in states and of course the Union elections to Parliament in 2019.

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How the Aadhaar judgment couldn't fully resolve the fight between 'I' and 'Me'

Was the Aadhaar Act passed as a money bill a fraud on the Constitution? Justice Chandrachud rightly says it is.

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