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Representing Minorities

Minorities need far better representation in legislatures. A global report highlights the main issues.

Dasmunshi's Delusions

The decision of the union minister for information and broadcasting, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi to pack the advisory panels on film censorship with office-bearers of the Youth Congress undermines a quasi-judicial authority.

Auditing the Supreme Court

Auditing the Supreme Court The Judge in a Democracy by Aharon Barak; Princeton University Press;
A G NOORANI Of the three arms of the state, the government of India and Parliament are subject to a close vigil by the media and intellectuals while the Supreme Court of India is virtually exempt from audit. There is the occasional critical piece by correspondents reporting its work or an occasional edit page article. There is not a single law journal whose voice matters. The Supreme Court Bar, ever a house divided, is quiescent for the most part bar occasional criticism.

The Constitution and Journalists? Sources

The recently tabled US Free Flow of Information Bill that seeks to balance the right to protect journalists? sources with the people?s right to free flow of information and also the state?s duty to administer justice and punish offenders, provides India with a good model to work on. The Indian media, in turn, must work together to draft a bill and move the government of India to ensure its enactment in Parliament.

Minority Rights and Human Rights

Minority Rights and Human Rights The Rights of Minorities: A Commentary on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities edited by Marc Weller; Oxford University Press; pp 688,

Police and the Constitution

The police force has been abused systematically by successive governments at the centre and in the states. Its independence has been undermined and its morale sapped. The wonder is that it is still able to perform.

The Media: Politics, Ethics and the Law

Ethics and the Law The Media and Political Process by Eric Louw; Sage Publications, London;
Electronic Media Law by Roger L Sadler;
Making News: Handbook of the Media in Contemporary India edited by Uday Sahay; Oxford University Press;

Free Speech and Fair Trials

The Trial: A History from Socrates to O J Simpson by Sadakat Kadri; Harper Collins;
Political Libels: A Comparative Study by Ian Loveland; Hart Publishing;

Access to Prisons and Custodial Torture

Thus far, the Supreme Court's denunciations of custodial torture have had little effect. The 113th report of the Law Commission had recommended suitable amendments to the Indian Evidence Act of 1872 that would place the onus of proof on the culpable police official. However, to ensure the humane treatment of prisoners in custody, the apex court has simply to adopt an earlier ruling of 1982 that had allowed access to convicted prisoners in jail so that society at large would be apprised of the reasons behind their detention and the conditions in which they served their sentence.

A Policeman as Judge?

It was incorrect for the government to appoint a former director of the Central Bureau of Investigation as a member of the National Human Rights Commission. The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition questioning the appointment. The judgment should be reviewed.

Greater Kashmir and Repression in Kashmir

The crackdown on the press in Jammu and Kashmir, of which the harassment faced by Greater Kashmir is only an instance, makes up the latest attempt by security agencies to ?neutralise overground workers? and others it suspects of sympathising with separatists.

Intelligence and the Political System

freedom of the people. The ruling elite has grossly misused the Intelligence Bureau, Intelligence and the Research and Analysis Wing and organisations like the Central Bureau of Investigation.

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