- The Maratha quota case decided by the Supreme Court in May is one more missed opportunity by both – the state and the court – to acknowledge the growing socio-economic differentiation within the dominant castes, something the leaders of these castes do not recognise either, writes Christophe Jaffrelot in Indian Express.
- The recent amendments to the pension rules for officials who are working or have worked in intelligence organisations – which entails them getting prior clearance from the current heads of their former organisations before publishing any material that falls within the domain of the organisation – are flawed. They obliterate the distinction between serving and retired officials, misconstrue the idea of domain knowledge, and are selective in their application, argues Vivek Katju in Hindustan Times.
- The Central government’s recent tussle with West Bengal over the decision to place the services of the chief secretary of the state with the Government of India has stirred a political hornet’s nest. Beyond the din, the Centre’s decision raises some very troubling legal questions that appear to strike at the foundations of cooperative federalism, writes Srishti Agnihotri in The Wire.
- India had outgrown Bangladesh overall since 1980, but its growth has been less even, and looks to be hitting a serious slump in recent years….