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A democracy is only as good as its public discourse. Improving the quality of public discourse is crucial for the survival of liberal democracy.

“Your speech at Jodhpur, sir, makes it amply clear that you are concerned about the problem. The solutions are also known. The Hyderabad police encounter injects an almost existential urgency for action. For the republic’s sake, sir, please act now.” theprint.in/opinion/dear-cji-i

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“Justice abhors a vacuum, which is filled by local thugs, khap panchayats, mobs, political leaders and a police force acting outside the law. All these are not only challenging the majesty of the law, they are directly challenging (the judiciary’s) authority.” theprint.in/opinion/dear-cji-i

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“Sir, the Preamble of our Constitution declares that justice is the first thing that the state seeks to secure. Yet, it appears now that power is all that matters....To any neutral observer, sir, it is clear that we are ruled by power, not by the rule of law.” theprint.in/opinion/dear-cji-i

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Public support for the police killing of the rape-murder accused shows that a “large number of Indians have lost faith in the judicial system...if the Supreme Court initiates a process to reduce the backlog and (speed up the process) it will send a signal that the judiciary shares the people’s concern.” theprint.in/opinion/dear-cji-i

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My column in @livemint@twitter.com today: to succeed in the second Space Age India must allow private enterprise to participate. Separate ISRO’s regulatory, commercial & research functions; and level the playing field for all players. livemint.com/opinion/columns/i

Jayarasi’s delightful destruction of epistemology, by Ethan Mills. academia.edu/14907270/Jayarāśi

Ethan is among the best scholars of the sceptical tradition in Indian philosophy.

Modi govt must not allow Nityananda to get away with this clever trick. Amusing, but not funny. He’s accused of serious crimes and must be made to stand trial. Also the sovereignty claim sets a bad precedent. 6/6

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So, with regard to Nityananda, the Modi govt can:
a) Do Nothing
b) Request Ecuador to take action (via Interpol)
c) Send troops to invade Kailaasa (& violate Ecuador’s sovereignty)
d) Get him kidnapped & shipped back

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It’s another story whether other countries accept your claim of sovereignty. If they don’t, you won’t get UN membership. Even so, as long as no one turns up at your border to challenge you, you are effectively sovereign. 4/n

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Ultimately anyone claiming sovereignty will have to defend the claim using force. The stronger party will prevail. (It’s the same if you are Kailaasa or China, it’s ultimately about how much power you command.) 3/n

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It appears Nityananda has purchased a private island in/from Ecuador and set up the sovereign state of ‘Kailaasa’ on it. Now sovereignty works until it’s challenged by another. Kailaasa can enjoy sovereignty until someone decides to contest it. If Ecuador doesn’t, unlikely anyone else will. 2/n

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Nityananda has thumbed his nose at the Indian government; not only has he absconded, but appears to have declared sovereignty. India can move the Interpol system but it boils down to whether Ecuador will accede to New Delhi’s requests, if & when made. 1/n

Just like adding the word “secular”, it was superfluous to include Fundamental Duties in the Constitution. They are implied.

The word “socialist” was not superfluous…it was perverse because the Constituent Assembly deliberately decided to exclude the word.

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Ambedkar & the founders of the Constitution didn’t include fundamental duties because they cared about liberty.
The Emergency government of Indira Gandhi included fundamental duties after having suspended fundamental rights.

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How can you enforce a duty (to cherish the values of the freedom struggle) without violating a citizen’s freedom of thought and expression? You can enforce duties by violating rights; but violating rights breaks the compact between citizen and state.

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Of course a citizen has duties with respect to the duties, because dharmo rakshati rakshitaah; we must protect the state so that it might protect our liberty. However, this is neither an obligation, nor enforceable without violating fundamental rights.

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In fact, fundamental rights are enforceable against the state. They define the core liberty that the state cannot take away from the citizen. This the lynchpin of liberal democracy.

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On rights and duties, it is important to understand the relationship between citizen and the state. Fundamental rights are not granted by the state, but rather, affirmed by the Constitution; the state is *unconditionally* obligated to respect & protect fundamental rights.

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