23 September, 2020

Once Congress Supporter To Fierce Govt Defender: The Transformation Of Tushar Mehta

Recently, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta alluded to journalists reporting on the miseries of common Indian citizens—particularly migrant workers and the poor—as “vultures”.

Once Congress Supporter To Fierce Govt Defender: The Transformation Of Tushar Mehta
outlookindia.com
2020-06-06T09:12:11+05:30

A veritable furore took hold of the national discourse last week as the country’s second highest law officer, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, spewed a barrage of appellatives for journalists, civil rights activists, a section of the legal fraternity and anyone critical of the Union government’s handling of the coronavirus-induced lockdown. He alluded to journalists reporting on the miseries of common Indian citizens—particularly migrant workers and the poor—as “vultures”. Rights activists, lawyers or political leaders concerned over the escalating humanitarian crisis were, according to the outburst, “armchair intellectuals” and “prophets of doom who only spread negativity, negativity and negativity”. The high courts, at least 19 of them, which have passed a slew of directives to state governments for redressing grievances of citizens, weren’t spared either. Those courts were “running like parallel governments”, Mehta...

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