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Caption: Mysuru Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha, who is also the District Magistrate, is seen holding an inquiry at the DC Office Complex in Madikeri this morning. Picture right shows applicants waiting for their turn to record their statements.

Madikeri (Kodagu), Nov.30- Mysuru Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate C. Shikha, who has been ordered by the Government to conduct a probe into the violence that took place in Madikeri during the bandh call given by the BJP and Hindu outfits in protest against Tipu Jayanti celebrations by the State government on Nov.10, began the magisterial inquiry at the third floor of the DC Office Complex in Madikeri this morning.

The Office of the Inquiry Officer here has till now received 38 applications, seeking to record their statements in connection with the violence.

Meanwhile, media persons and members of the public were not allowed to watch the proceedings. However, the Police were seen video-recording the entire proceed...more

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Caption: Justice Kurian Joseph

When for the first time Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was conceived by a Supreme Court Judge and the case was heard, it was a big news. However, many did not think it would become embedded in our legal and judicial system as we see it today. If injustice is perceived in administration that would harm the interest of the public, a good Samaritan or an NGO could go to the Court seeking justice.

Of course, it was not well taken by the authorities, the government. The PIL was branded as a new kind of judicial activism usurping upon the government’s powers and duties. In such an atmosphere of unease caused by jibes from politicians and bureaucrats at PIL and judicial activism, it was Justice Kurian Joseph of the Supreme Court, like other Judges earlier, who had the gumption to assert that it was the “solemn” duty of a Judge to curb “legislative adventurism and executive excesses.”

Justice Kurian Joseph further said that in Public Interest it is the duty of the Judge to make up for the lapses on the part of the executive. He was delivering the 5th Lala Amarchand Sood Memorial Lecture in Shimla recently. He has rightly rung the bell of warning to the people of this country about the increasing excesses of the executive while extolling the role of the Supreme Court in pioneering PILs to curb such excesses.

Justice Kurian Joseph said the PIL enabled Judges to make issues like housing, education, food and health “constitutional social rights” of citizens that are “indivisible from the fundamental rights of a citizen to life, equality and religion.”

But what is the remedy when the government commits excesses and lapses like it happened in Karnataka by officially observing Tipu Jayanti, a controversial King who lived in the 18th century? And we are living in the 21st century, to remind Chief Minister Siddharamaiah. What could be the intention of the Government to celebrate Tipu Jayanti? Karnataka Congress governme...more

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By Vikram Muthanna

Considering the ferocity of the backlash, one would think Aamir Khan has packed his bags and is off to a tolerant nation…I was wondering which country could Aamir immigrate to, if he really wanted to? A country where he will be accepted 100%?

Could he go to Pakistan as suggested by numerous “Hyper-Nationalists?” Nah, because as stated in my favourite Aamir Khan movie Sarfarosh, when ACP Rathod’s (Aamir Khan) wife Seema (Sonali Bendre) asks Naseeruddin Shah, who plays the role of a famous “Indian-born” Pakistani artiste Gulfam Hassan, “Jab Hindustan mein ap ke ethne chahane wale hai tho Pakistan mein kya hal hota hoga” (You are so famous in India, I can only imagine how much more famous you are in Pakistan), Hassan replies “Chahane wale bahut hai Seemaji, lekin hal hai ke, aaj be hame Muhajir kehake pukara jatha hai” (There are many who like me but the situation is that I am still called a Muhajir) and adds, “Pachas saal guzar gaye, lekin aaj be hum Muhajir hai, Pakistani nahi” (It’s been 50 years but even today we remain Muhajirs, not Pakistanis). Ok, so Pakistan is out of question then.

Then how about England? Well, the truth is Aamir may have a “Khan” problem. Here is a true story. Last year, in England, my uncle and aunt were standing in line for a taxi. They were third in line. A taxi pulled up and the driver was a middle-aged man with brown skin and a longish beard. The British “gentleman” in an attempt to mask his racism, or fear, who knows, extended his arm as if being chivalrous enough to let the lady behind him take the taxi. The lady suddenly started looking at her phone and stepped aside, indicating my uncle to go ahead. My uncle was a bit confused, but before he could react the poor taxi driver left.

Soon another taxi came by. The driver was white and beard-free. The British “gentleman” quickly hopped in and disappeared. Yes, Islam-phobia has set in and so “tolerance” is an issue there. So that too won’t...more

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