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Is the criminalisation not an infringement of every value we hold dear: libertyequalityprivacythe right to life In this sensethe case is not about gay rights It is about all of us It is also about the fact that in a decent societyno oneno matter how small the minorityshould be targeted for simply being who they are The court hasin some literal senseinfringed on the dignity of innocent citizens who just wantlike everyonethe right and space to be themselves To deny them that space is not to uphold some order of nature or a moral value or some tradition It is simply to let prejudice masquerade as law The court has used misplaced formalism to justify its position It has taken recourse to the idea that if this change in law should be brought aboutthe courts should not be the forum for doing it Parliament should do it Certainlythis column has long argued for more judicial restraint But the occasion on which the court has chosen to take recourse to that argument is the one occasion where it is inapplicable This is not just a moral cop-outbut also disingenuous The court could haveconceivablysent it up to a larger constitutional bench It reserved judgment 21 months ago and sat on it But the court does not seem to realise that hiding behind Parliaments omissions is not a neutral stance; it upholds the constitutionality of an evil law In the name of deference to an assortment of petitionersit gives aid and succour to the reactionary elements of a religion rather than its best exemplars We can go through complex legal argument and throw about articles and statutory history But the Supreme Court seems to be so bizarre on this occasion that one has to keep the matter as simple-minded as possible There is judicial overreach when the court interferes with policywhen it overrides expressly stated legislative intent without any constitutional warrantwhen it interferes in day-to-day administration There is no overreach when the court protects fundamental rights like libertywhen it upholds equality in the face of discriminationwhen it upholds privacy in the face of encroachment by the statewhen it protects the dignity of the individual against prejudice This is the primary function of the court If the court does not want to perform this functionit might as well pack up and go home The core issue in this case is just this: Section 377a relic of Victorian timesis by no stretch of the imagination compatible with constitutional principles The fact that it has not been expressly repealed by Parliamentthrough a sin of omissionis neither here nor there Even if it were upheld by Parliamentit would infringe on basic rights and possibly the basic structure The courts job is to take a stand on constitutionality It did not do its job on the occasion that warranted it The court also displayed a howlingly limited moral imagination It boggles the mind to think that our judges get upset about red beacons as if that is the epitome of moral degradation But the same judges do not have the slightest compassion for those who have to suffer in the most intimate and important aspects of their beingfor those who have to lead double lives because of social prejudiceand those who are the targets of harassment and violence as a result of a bad law It gives credence to those who have long suspected that the courts professed sympathy for the powerless is a mere abstraction it wields to enlarge its own power; it does not have the warmth of real humanity behind it But this judgment should also be an object lesson for court-society relations Many have been warning that the tendency to exalt judges as knights in shining armourbased on their rhetorical grandstanding rather than on the soundness and cogency of their legal reasoningwill be counterproductive It has licensed all kinds of sloppy thinking Since the only pressure anyone can put on judges is the pressure of public argumentwe need to reflect on how prematurely we constructed judges as heroes It is a bit graceless to single out individual judgesbut then how else do we convey criticism of judgments and not have it get lost in an abstraction called the court Many had pointed out that the much-feted 2G judgment was legally appallingand Justice Singhvi seems to have brought the same level of confusion to his thinking in this case This is the kind of thinking that turns the rule of law into opportunismprinciple into mere prejudicemorality into convenient formalism and constitutional values into political playthings The Supreme Court should make amends and consider a fresh petition (presumably it will be filed) with the fidelity to constitutional values and the moral acumen this case requires Instead of bringing law in consonance with Indias own highest traditionsand with evolving global human rights lawthe court has left us standing as a relic of bygone barbarism The moral damage it has done is making all of us feel small indeed The writer is presidentCentre for Policy ResearchDelhiand a contributing editor for The Indian Express [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsVANCOUVER: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited the Gurudwara Khalsa Diwan and Laxmi Narain Temple in Vancouver in the final leg of this three-day visit to Canada which ends today The PM was received by his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper at the airport Earlier while leaving from Toronto PM Modi had tweeted "Leaving for Vancouver which is the final leg of my Canada visit Will offer prayers at Gurudwara Khalsa Diwan and Laxmi Narain Temple there" Later in the day the Prime Minister is scheduled to attend an official dinner hosted by PM Harper before departing for India Image: Narendra Modi’s Twitter handle On Thursday the PM visited the memorial in Toronto for the victims of Air India Flight 182 that was bombed in 1985 killing all 329 people on board He was accompanied by PM Harper during the visit "PM @narendramodi and @pmharper at the Air India memorial" Syed Akbaruddin spokesperson of the external affairs ministry tweeted Air India Flight 182 a Boeing 747 named "Kanishka" flying on the Montreal-London-New Delhi route on June 23 1985 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after being bombed while in Irish airspace Of the 329 killed 268 were Canadian citizens mostly of Indian descent There were 24 Indian and 27 Britons as well PM Modi along with Mr Harper interacted with the relatives of the victims who had gathered at the memorial IANS Singh said "not only he (Narendra) but even his father had served the party for a long time. 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(Representational Image) Top News Churches should have the right to endorse political candidates and still keep their tax-free status, which started last week,Indian social science?which was neither particularly Indian nor social science Identity epithets before knowledge claims are often signs of vacuity But there is also no denying the fact that you cannot do much creative work if you dont have confidence in the signalling quality of your own institutions What the Time episode unwittingly revealed was this crisis of credibility in our knowledge producing institutions In a way the paradox of India is this Around the time of Independencewe were brokepoorhad no power and not given much of a chance But what saved India from becoming a banana republic was the intellectual ambition of its elites They were sometimes haughtysometimes got things badly wrong They were open-mindednot foreign-minded Now we are foreign-mindedbut not open-minded In the realm of thoughtthey never gave up on the idea that we have to do our own thinking and take our own measure in some respects The failure of our education is that it has depleted that confidence Ironicallyas India has grown in powerthere is a curious lack of intellectual self-confidence Benchmarking to global standards can be a spur to excellence and innovationbut what is happening is something more psychologically insidious It is a kind of Gurgaonisation of the mind Quality is signalled by an indiscriminate foreign branding: so long as you can give a building a foreign-sounding namefrom Princeton to Beverlyyou have signalled quality What its real substance iswhether it is an appropriate fit for our circumstancesis beside the point This intellectual defeatism has come at a price It has created excessively fragile selvesdemanding attentionor unable to take criticism in their stride Indian higher education is waiting to be liberated from its stuporas the clamour for foreign institutions continues There are some exceptions in IT But most Indian professional firmsrather than becoming global benchmarksjust want to reach a critical point where they can be swallowed up by a foreign brand Given Indias advantagesthere is no reason why Indian media should not be a global benchmark rather than a floundering player It is hard to imagine a country achieving any measure of greatnessif it cannot take its own measure The writer is presidentCentre for Policy [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsIt’s been just over a year since the Supreme Court allowed voters to reject all candidates in an election by pressing the Nota button – None of the Above In the assembly elections and general elections held since then it did not seem to matter much as the rise of Narendra Modi made every election an interesting affair Few probably felt like pressing the Nota option However slowly but surely Ms Nota is making her presence felt In the recent Maharashtra assembly polls results for which came in yesterday (19 October) Ms Nota registered nearly half a million votes – 483459 votes to be precise Reuters Just in case you think this is a small number please note that this is more than what nine organised political parties managed to get Among them: the Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha the Samajwadi Party the Republican Party of India (Athawale) (a BJP ally) the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) In the Naxal-affected constituency of Gadchiroli Ms Nota came in at a spiffy No 3 While the winner from the BJP got 70185 votes the runner-up from the Nationalist Congress Party got barely 770 votes more than Ms Nota (18280 vs 17510) Clearly the Naxals had something to do with this affinity for Ms Nota But even otherwise Ms Nota has come into her own in this election and if one were to take the total Nota votes (483459) into account and compare it with parties that won seats with less than that one can gauge the real impact of this option With an almost similar number of votes the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen got two seats; with just two-thirds of Nota votes the Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi got three seats; the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh and the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha got a seat each with less votes that Ms Nota Put another way it means Ms Nota should get anywhere between one to three seats in the next Maharashtra assembly Maybe the Election Commission should keep two seats vacant to tip its hat in the direction of Ms Nota The Haryanvis however seemed less enamoured by Ms Nota’s charms and only 04 percent of just 53613 voters pressed this button In Maharashtra though Ms Nota is the one going without any representation A pity She deserved better I have no choice. 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