Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Jun 2018 12:55:21









 TRUST Mr. Sharad Pawar, chief of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), to change colours at the drop of the hat. The Maratha leader has mastered the art of swift U-turns that has ultimately cost his party dear. The philosophically unstable and politically treacherous leader has yet again done a volte-face on the proposed anti-BJP Grand Alliance (mahagatbandhan) of the opposition before the 2019 general elections. After creating a facade of united opposition during the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka Chief Minister Mr. H. D. Kumaraswamy last month, Mr. Pawar has become the first voice to question the very practicality of such pre-poll alliance. The idea of a grand alliance of various parties practicing totally different ideologies itself was preposterous. Mr. Pawar is shrewd enough to realise the stakes in such collaborations. By making a shift from his stand, Mr. Pawar is yet again resorting to buy importance for himself and some bargaining power. It is a desperate attempt to stay relevant in the backdrop of the present condition of NCP in India’s electoral landscape.


THE indignation of the Bar Council of India (BCI) over some of the statements of former judge of the Supreme Court Mr. Justice J. Chelameswar is clearly visible when it observed, “Self-restraint by the judges of the highest court seems to be a forgotten virtue.” It also very rightly stated that judges should prevent themselves from issuing such statements because otherwise they could have unwarranted consequences. Neither the countrymen nor the lawyers would digest such statements. After retirement Justice Chelameswar needlessly suggested that the next senior most judge should be chosen the Chief Justice of India, which is the domain of the collegium. Earlier also, while he was still in office, Mr. Justice Chelmaswar had refused to hear a case, stating that the Chief Justice may alter the verdict. This is prejudging a decision by the highest judicial authority. Mr. Justice Chelameswar’s addressing a press conference, while he was still a sitting judge along with three other judges, also did not go down well with the people.