Justice Markandey Katju: The superficiality and inanity of Prof Tarunabh Khaitan

Justice Markandey Katju says: I saw Karan Thapar’s interview of Tarunabh Khaitan, Professor of Public Law at the London School of Economics, and regret to say I found his understanding of the situation in India superficial and inane. Prof Khaitan expressed his concern over the decline of democracy during Narendra Modi’s tenure as Prime Minister. He did not go deep into the matter, or examined why and how modern democracies came into existence, and what purpose they serve.

Justice Markandey Katju: Arghya Sengupta’s superficiality and inanity

Justice Markandey Katju writes: I saw a recent interview by eminent journalist Karan Thapar of Arghya Sengupta, research director of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy on his book ‘The Colonial Constitution’, and I regret to say that I found Dr Sengupta’s views superficial and inane. The thrust of Dr Sengupta’s argument is that the basic defect in the Indian Constitution of 1950 is that it does not devolve power to the people. In other words, it gives too much power to the Central Government, which towers over the people, and therefore it is broadly a repetition of the colonial Government of India Act, 1935 made by the British rulers.