So, I recently came across this 2 year old article. I find that it is extremely relevant now more than ever given the recent resurgence of the "cancel culture" in the West.
I notice that modern day political discourse is more and more polarised by the day. If you identify as a conservative, there is this bunch of immutable truths that you just cannot question. Similarly, if you identify as a liberal, there is again a set of incontrovertible truths which you cannot aver against. If you even begin to question these immutable truths, you risk being an outcast within the group. I find this culture absolutely absurd, and I find that it kills independent thought. There is so much anger in modern day political discourse. This is as true in India as it is elsewhere. If you, as a group with a set agenda, cancel every outlier who might not be entirely in line with your thinking, then you force both the outlier and yourself into an echo chamber. And there is no freedom in that.
Gautam Bhatia's article on Ranjan Gogoi's chief justiceship. Extremely relevant in understanding what happens when the judiciary stops being a counter-majoritarian institution.
It's part I of a ten part series. About the Constitutional basis of reservations. Gautam Bhatia writes.
"Regardless of constitutional and legislative measures, a lasting solution to the problem of defectio can only come from the adherence by political parties to a code of conduct or set of conventions that took into account the fundamental priorities and decencies that ought to govern the functioning of democratic institutions.”- YB Chavan committee, first ever committee to deliberate on the issue