The Great Debate (India)

Who should open the 2010 Commonwealth Games?

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The latest controversy to hit the Delhi Commonwealth Games is the question of who is going to inaugurate it.

A labourer stands in front of boards advertising the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi September 23, 2010. REUTERS/Mansi ThapliyalThe opening ceremony for the two-week sporting event, held every four years for former British colonies, is on Oct 3.

Some media reports said there had been a row between India and Britain over whether India’s president, Pratibha Singh Patil, or Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne who is standing in for Queen Elizabeth at the ceremony, would open the Games.

A spokesman for the British embassy, however, said Prince Charles would open the Games and denied there was any controversy. Some media reports said a compromise was reached between the Indian president and Prince Charles.

A relook at moral policing: Khushboo’s case

(Pinky Anand is a Supreme Court lawyer who fought the case on behalf of Khushboo. The views expressed here are her own)

Pinky AnandThe recent Supreme Court judgement in Khushboo’s case addresses interesting questions with far-reaching impact. In a short span, we have witnessed various episodes of moral policing ranging from violent physical attacks, to criminal complaints, to Public Interest Litigation (PILs) in courts.

Has the Bharatiya Janata Party lost its political plot?

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday expelled former finance minister Jaswant Singh from its primary membership for praising Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a book.

The decision to expel Singh came after the release of his book “Jinnah – India, Partition, IndependenceINDIA/” which the BJP said went against the party ideology.

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