Showing posts from March, 2018

International Solar Alliance Meet In Delhi Was Historic


                                                 Coming straight to the nub of the matter, let me start scribbling my pen by first and foremost pointing out that the inaugural summit of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in New Delhi on March 11 with 40 heads of state in attendance was an impressive showcase for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership of the global renewable energy agenda which also reiterated India’s firm and full commitment to it. ISA is an alliance of 121 countries located between Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn. Invitations had been sent to 50 signatories including 21 countries that have ratified the ISA treaty.

                             How ISA Evolved?

                                         To put things in perspective, the ISA is an outcome of an idea which PM Narendra Modi presented officially at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015 and which envisages the direct and active involvement of 121 countries that were sit…

SC Holds Khap Interference In Marriage Of Adults Illegal

It has to be stated at the very outset that the Supreme Court has rendered a landmark judgment in the case of Shakti Vahini v Union of India and others on March 27, 2018 whereby it held that the right of adult individuals to choose their life partners was above class honour and that it was illegal for khap panchayats to summon and punish couples for this! The Apex Court categorically ruled that any attempt by khap panchayats or any other assembly to scuttle or prevent two consenting adults from marrying is absolutely “illegal”. It also ordered that such activities of khap panchayats “are to be stopped in entirety” and called upon Parliament to come up with a suitable legislation. It also laid down “preventive, remedial and punitive” measures.                           To put things in perspective, while delivering a landmark judgment in the PIL filed by NGO Shakti Vahini in 2010 on the issue, a Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud also la…

Delhi HC Restores 20 Disqualified AAP MLAs Membership

Let me start shaking my pen by first and foremost pointing out that the Delhi High Court on March 23, 2018 in WP (C) No. 750/2018, Kailash Gahlot & Ors v Election Commission of India & Ors in which 20 AAP MLAs had filed a writ petition challenging the disqualification  reversed the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs and restored their membership to the Delhi State Assembly in offices-of-profit case. A Division Bench of the Delhi High Court set aside the January 20, 2018 Presidential order and referred the case back to the Election Commission (EC) for a fresh hearing. This has definitely come as a shot in the arm for AAP at a critical time!
                                          While craving for the exclusive indulgence of my esteemed readers, let me inform them that a Division Bench of Delhi High Court comprising of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Chander Shekhar said that the January 19 Election Commission recommendation given to the President “is vitiated…

India And Jordan Firm Up Security Cooperation

Coming straight to the nub of the matter, let me begin by first and foremost pointing out that India and Jordan which have traditionally enjoyed good bilateral relations have decided to strengthen it further now by signing a landmark framework on March 1, 2018 in defence cooperation thus paving the way for a joint strategy to counter common threats. The officials who oversaw this landmark framework being signed between both the nations – India and Jordan said that the defence agreement which is the first such understanding between the two sides, is the biggest takeaway of the visit by the Jordanian king Abdullah II to India. There can be no denying it.
                                As it turned out, a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that, “The purpose of the MoU is to promote cooperation between India and Jordan in the field of defence by defining the scope of such cooperation and making provisions for implementation of the cooperation in some of the re…

CJI : How Can A Convict Head A Party?

Coming straight to the nub of the matter, let me begin by first and foremost pointing out that none other than the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra has directly questioned the logic behind having a criminal and corrupt person to head a political party. Going ahead, the CJI also said that such a lapse was a huge blow to the purity of the election process. Absolutely right!                                             Not stopping here, the CJI Dipak Misra heading a three-Judge Bench comprising also of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud observed that, “Far worse is the prospect of democracy when such a criminal has the power to choose candidates for elections under his party’s banner”. Who can deny or dispute this? When a person who is himself/herself a criminal, how can he/she choose good candidates to contest elections? Different parameters for politicians                                                It would certainly not amount to an exaggeration if I say that no…