The appointment of Rakesh Asthana as new Delhi Police chief is brazen overreach by Centre / Modi and Shah are out to destroy our institutions

NB: My only caveat to these two excellent comments is that the Modi government is an RSS government, and executive actions such as this exemplify the programmatic intentions of a cabal conspiring in broad daylight. DS

Meeran Chadha Borwankar: Why appointment of Rakesh Asthana as new Delhi Police chief is brazen overreach by Centre   During various national and state-level conferences, we as police officers have discussed the Supreme Court-mandated police reforms of 2006. We have talked of the damage that politicians have done to civil services, including to the police, by encouraging a crony culture. We have welcomed the Court’s directions about the formation of Establishment Boards in the states and the involvement of the UPSC in selecting state police chiefs. We have also welcomed “fixed tenures” for officers who are otherwise at the mercy of local political leaders for postings, transfers and continuation. 

And yet we, the retired and in-service police officers, are quiet today. The central government has shown scant respect to either the Supreme Court or to the police as an institution. In one stroke, through the recent posting of the Delhi police chief, the politicians have displayed the ruthless power with which they control civil services. The message of them being the “masters” is loud and clear…

Julio Ribeiro: Asthana’s new job shows how Modi and Shah are out to destroy our institutions

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah together wear the same, well-fitting hat. That is fortunate. If each had worn a different hat, there would be too many rabbits hopping around, many more than even their alert subjects could catch.

The latest surprise may not have the stamp of ingenuity now associated with the duo. But it has caused a sizeable flutter in the dovecots all the same. My own view is that it will only affirm the duo’s intention of destabilising age-old rules in the institution of policing where state police cadres were separated, acknowledged and respected, except in very unusual circumstances….

Pratap Bhanu Mehta – The biggest casualty in the Alok Verma affair has been the SC’s authority 

RSS and Modi brazenly intimidating the Supreme Court

Prem Shankar Jha: The Shadow of Haren Pandya’s Case Lies Long Over Justice Arun Mishra

Nikhila Henry – Ex CJI Gogoi’s RS Nomination Calls All His Judgments Into Question, Says Legal Expert

Ajaz Ashraf – A police officer’s account of being harassed for stopping a riot in Rajasthan

Naxalites should lay down their arms and challenge the ruling class to abide by the Constitution

Bharat Bhushan: It suits the RSS to allow BJP to encourage defections from other parties

Swati Chaturvedi: It Was BJP Who Made It Mamata vs Modi. Too Far

Socrates: If the whole is ailing the part cannot be well / Ajit Prakash Shah: Darkness at noon, felled by the judiciary


VINOD K JOSE – Narendra Modi’s shadow lies all over the Haren Pandya case

Sanjiv Bhatt Sentenced To Life Imprisonment In 30 Year Old Custodial Death Case // Message from Shweta Bhatt

Mohan Bhagwat

Bharat Bhushan: A hanging in Dhaka, courtesy Delhi

BHARAT BHUSHAN – Narendra Modi’s Republic of fear …

Public Appeal – Resist degradation of Indian criminal justice system

List of serious criminal charges against new UP CM Yogi Adityanath

The emperor’s masks: ‘apolitical’ RSS calls the shots in Modi sarkar

एकबात हमेशाज़हन मेंसवाल खड़ेकरती है A question that stays with me… / Ravish Kumar’s Speech at Berkeley (2019)