History, Short Essays

The Importance Of Being Ramachandra Guha

images (8)I still remember that day. I first saw it in the brick and mortar bookstore, a chain of the Odyssey book stores, in the first storey of a tiny mall in my small town – my hometown.  I took upon in my hands the mighty beast of this book which ran for more than seven hundred pages, and I began reading a few pages of it (Read as the first eight pages). I still remember the amusing look which my dad gave me, for he was both puzzled and delighted that his daughter is holding a history book, and that book is making her smile. That book I held then was Ramachandra Guha’s “India After Gandhi“. I was only sixteen then – a good age to fall in love – and we bought the book home.  When I was in my teens, we had no internet connection in our home and I would wait for Guha’s columns published often in The Hindu. The name would always bring me certain happiness as if I saw a friend who has come home for a play. When we got Internet, I began following and reading him regularly and extensively.

I grew up reading Ramachandra Guha and in a great way my outlook on India, its politics and culture is greatly affected and molded by his writings. Looking back now, after nearly nine years since I began reading him, I wonder what really made me to fall in love with this man’s writings, then. Also, it still astonishes me that his words brings the same cheerfulness I had felt when I read him for the first time. Years have run by; I have grown from my teens to mid-twenties, boyfriend and crushes have come and gone, there are authors whom I have once swooned only to find them repelling as I grew and finally abandoned, Sachin no longer plays, Modi has become India’s PM, Salem has got its own Dominoes outlets, and  I have grown good enough to read and understand Samuel Beckett. Still, his writings give me the same infectious smile I had when I read him for the first time in that brick and mortar store of that small town.

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Judiciary, Law

Inadequacy Of Judges In India – Reasons Explored

At present, India has an actual strength of 15,608 judges, which is one of the largest in the world. Despite this fact, the number of judges available  per capita of the population is abysmally low.

The Law commission, the parliamentary committee and Supreme court has suggested that Judge-population ratio must be around 50 judges per one million people(this is once again lesser than the international standards).   But, the present Judges-population ratio remains as 13 judges per one million people.  According to the National Court Management System Report(2012), although the number of judges appointed in the last three decades increased six-fold, the total number of cases freshly filed went up twelve-fold. It is estimated that the number of cases reaching courts would be around 15 crores in the next three decades which in turn require a total of 75,000 judges.

                                                                    Source: Livemint.

India continues to have lower number of judges because of the following reasons:

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