Politics

A roster of questionable past

The day Justice Jasti Chelameswar was retiring, he made an interesting remark that highlighted the hollowness of our much-vaunted independent judiciary. He said that there are ‘Rs 1 crore lawyers’ that neither open their mouths nor take a stand. And it is these established constitutional lawyers and jurists, according to him, who have attacked him for his attempts to democratise the institution.

Karnataka Elections: Mandate and Morality

After a week of brazen political machinations and deft legal counter-ploys, HD Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal (Secular) was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka and subsequently won the vote of confidence in the Legislative Assembly on May 25. The trust vote hopefully ends the political uncertainty that prevailed over Karnataka, at least for a year, and we can now focus on the more difficult task of governance. However, what has transpired in Karnataka since the announcement of the election results raises perturbing questions on government formation that merits a closer analysis.