PIL Pill for all ills
The common man is finally having his say, thanks to Public Interest Litigation. Be it to ensure good governance, seek redressal of human rights violations or poor availability of goods and services, PIL has become a handy tool for citizens.
Maneesh Chhibber looks at this face of judicial activism
|Every year, thousands of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions are filed in various courts across the country. A majority of these relate to the environment, civic issues and corruption. The impact of PILs on the quality of life of the citizens of the country and related issues has been huge.
Forest Hill Resort case: An exclusive resort and golf club in Punjab was ordered to be demolished after it was established that its owners had disregarded all forest and other laws to construct it.
Better off at circus than home
Indian circus is showing a downward trend for some time now. Many
proclaim that it is a dying industry. The first and probably the most
important reason is the law, which forbids the use of animals. The
main reason could be the apathy of public since a circus hardly
occupies the mind of a child nowadays.
The Indian circus has to be technologically savvy.
— Photo by Vinay Malik
Any circus is incomplete without a clown.
Photo by Malkiat Singh
Waiting for the spiritual heir
More than three years after Kushok Bakula’s death, there is tremendous enthusiasm among the Ladakhis on the issue of spotting the new spiritual leader, and special prayers are being offered in the four monasteries for his rebirth in Ladakh, reports
S.P. Sharma from Jammu
|The Kushok Bakula is the head of the four main monasteries of Ladakh—Spituk, Saboo, Stok and Sankar. He passed away in Delhi on November 4, 2003. His followers in the frontier region of Ladakh are now looking towards the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and high lama Sras Rinpoche to identify his reincarnation.
The Spituk monastery in Ladakh is one of the region’s four major monasteries.
Mind games for corpocrats
Papri Sri Raman
With CEOs and chairmen of MNCs as students, Lou Tice has quite a task on his hands. To those who want to grow in business, he offers lessons on “how we think”.
For more than 35 years, Tice has taken the application of research in cognitive sciences to challenges facing organisations today, including
Heroes with a difference
Bollywood has its quintessential heroes, handsome, super-rich, and the darling of the heroine and fans. Today it is throwing up another breed of heroes, versatile and ready to experiment.
Shoma A. Chatterji reports
to the brilliant comeback of a mellowed and bearded Amitabh Bachchan,
the term ‘character actor’ now has a new definition. The dividing
lines among the hero, the villain and the character actor are a thing
of the past. Thus, there is no such thing as the lover-boy hero who is
firmly slotted into a no-exit ghetto he cannot get out of.
Bowled over by the game
British cinema might not have produced films of the class of Lagaan and Iqbal, but now and then it has paid tribute to cricket. With the World Cup set to be inaugurated today,
Vikramdeep Johal recalls some “pitch perfect” moments
cricket! Manly British game!" — that’s how poet James Love
immortalised the game in verse way back in 1744. In British cinema, it
has often played second fiddle to football. A handful of movies have
made references to cricket in one way or the other. Here are the most