Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Former Additional Solicitor General of India,
Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha),
Union Minister for Law & Justice
Envoy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Japan
ARTICLES
  • “India @ 75: Promises to keep”
    The Tribune, 23rd August 2022
  • “Farewell, Abe San”
    Deccan Chronicle, July, 12th, 2022
  • “Leadership of a Democracy in Decline”
    The Wire, May, 28th, 2022
  • “Act of Judicial Statesmanship”,
    The Wire, May, 18th, 2022
  • “The Will of the Age”
    Indian Express, 24th March, 2022
  • “Ukraine War: The Test of Civilisation”
    The Tribune, 1st March 2022; The Asian Age, The Deccan Chronicle, 2nd March 2022; LiveLaw, 3rd March 2022, Dainik Jagran, 4th March 2022
  • “A Question of Justice”
    The Indian Express, 12th January 2022
  • “People Versus Power”
    The Tribune, 6th January 2022
  • “Rescuing a Democracy in Retreat”
    The Wire, 7th October 2021
  • “An Agenda for Governance”
    The Tribune on 28th September 2021, Dainik Jagran, 2nd October 2021, and Punjabi Tribune, 5th October 2021
  • “Reclaiming the Nation’s Moral Centre”
    The Tribune on 25th August 2021, Dainik Jagran on 27th August 2021, and Punjabi Tribune 31st August 2021
  • “A Fine Judicial Moment”
    Indian Express on 15th June 2021
  • “Grief, the Burden of Being”
    The Wire on 2nd May 2021, Live Law on 7th May 2021, and Economic and Political Weekly, 8th May 2021
  • “Lest We Forget”
    The Indian Express on 1st February 2021, Live Law on 31st January 2021
  • “Mind The Gap”
    The Outlook – Print Edition on 18th January 2021, The Asian Ag and Deccan Chronicle on 9th January 2021
  • “Beyond Binaries”
    The Tribune on 29th December 2021, The Wire, The National Herald on 8th December 2020, and Punjabi Tribune on 31st December 2020
  • “Right to Dignity: The Institutional Deficit”
    The Tribune on 23rd October 2020, Live Law on 27th October 2020, Lokmat, The Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle on 28th October 2020
  • “A Question of Leadership”
    The Wire on 30th September 2020, The Hindu on 21st August 2020, Lokmat Times, Lokmat Samachar on 19th August 2020, Navjeevan on 16th August 2020, Punjabi Tribune on 13th August 2020
  • “A Moment of National Awakening”
    LiveLaw on 23rd September 2020, Lokmat Times, Lokmat Samachar, The Tribune on 23rd September 2020, and the National Herald on 27th September 2020
  • “A Politics of National Renewal”
    The Hindu on 18th June 2020
  • “The Court’s Remit”
    The Tribune on 13th June 2020, Punjabi Tribune on 9th June 2020
  • “No Return to Politics as Usual”
    The Indian Express on 20th April 2020
  • “Coronavirus, the Humbling of Man by Nature”
    The Tribune on 1st March 2020, Lokmat Times on 31st March 2020.
  • “Understated and Compassionate”
    The National Herald on 9th December 2021 and Lokmat Times on 9th December 2021
  • “Shinzo’s Resignation an Act of Humility, Dignity”
    The Tribune on 5th September 2020 and Dainik Jagran, Punjabi Tribune on 11th September 2020.
  • “What should leadership look like in a new world”
    The Wire, 30th September, 2020
  • “Farm Bills: Abuse of legislative due process vitiates the law”
    LiveLaw, 23rd September 2020.
  • “Shinzo’s resignation, an act of humility”
    The Tribune, 5th September, 2020, The Tribune, 5th September, 2020
  • "The leaders we need in todays world"
    The Hindu, 21st August 2020. Also See; Lokmat Times 19th August 2020, Lokmat Samachar, 19th August 2020, Navjeevan, 16th August 2020 and The Punjab Tribune, 13th August 2020.
  • "Hope for the Homeless: The Case of Rohingyas"
    National Law School of India University Law Review, 31 NLSIR Rev. (2019)
  • " A Politics of national renewal", The Tribune, 8th July 2020

  • “Court needs to uphold the rights of citizens”
    The Tribune, 13th June, 2020 Also see; Punjabi Tribune, 9th June, 2020
  • "लोगों को रोटी और छत के लिए समझौता ना करना पड़े"
    पंजाब केसरी , 26 मई 2020
  • "कहाँ तुम चले गए , 'परछाइयाँ ' रह गईं "
    पंजाब केसरी , 2 मई 2020
  • “No return to politics as usual”
    Indian Express dated 20th April, 2020.
  • “Coronavirus, the humbling of man by Nature”
    The Tribune, 1st April, 2020 Also see; Dainik Jagran, Punjabi Tribune, The Ajit
  • “A test of true leadership”
    Lokmat Times dated , 1st April, 2020; Also see; Lokmat Editions
  • “Striking a Balance”
    Indian Express dated 25th November 2019
  • “The Constitutional legitimacy of Abrogating Article 370” Economic & Political Weekly Vol 54, Issue no.38. For Summarized version see; “Kashmir, beyond legalities: Modi govt needs to recognize essential dignity of its people”
    The Indian Express,10th Sepetember,2019; Also see:“Winning over Kashmiri’s a Litmus Test for the Govt”, The Tribune and Dainik Jagran,14th August ,2019; The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle, 15th August 2019.
  • “Modi’s Audacity of Hope: Can he win over J&K”
    Asian Age and Deccan Chronicles,15the August,2019
  • “Custodial Torture not yet a specific criminal offence”
    The Tribune,26th June,2019
  • “Constitutional Rights, Judicial Review and Parliamentary Democracy”
    Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 54,Issue No.14,13th April,2019
  • “This Election, we must reject the onslaughts on freedom”
    The Indian Express,28th March,2019
  • “The Essence of the next mandate”
    The Hindu,28th Jnauary,2019
  • “Inequities have Strained our Democratic Polity”
    The Tribune, 3rd December 2018, Also See:The Ajit, Ajit Samachar, 4th December 2018;
  • “Bench as Beacon”
    The Indian Express, 29th November 2018;Also see: Dainik Jagran, 28th November 2018
  • "Let Us Come Together to fulfill the Dreams of Mahatma Gandhi."
    Lokmat Times, 2nd October 2018; Also See: Jagbani, Punjab Kesari, Navodyay Times, Lokmat Main and Lokmat Hindi.
  • “Protecting the Dissenters”
    Lokmat Times, 2nd October 2018; Also See: Jagbani, Punjab Kesari, Navodyay Times, Lokmat Main and Lokmat Hindi.
  • “A Tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee”
    Punjabi Kesari, 21st August 2018
  • “Dear Prime Minister, We Must Enact”
    An Open Letter to the Prime Minister regarding Custodial Torture ;The Indian Express, 14th March 2018;Also See:Punjab Kesari and Jagbani
  • “Evidence vs Perception”
    The Indian Express;The Ajit, 6th January 2018;Also See:, Dainik Jagran, 26th December 2017
  • “Standing up for Human Rights”
    The Hindu, 8th January 2018
  • “The Moment of Promise”
    The Telegraph (Kolkata),8th December 2017;Also See: the Asian Age, Dainik Jagran, Punjab Kesari
  • "The lesson from Doklam-Peace is the dividend of power”
    Hindustan Times,16thSepetember,2017
  • "The resilience of our liberalism: on the right to privacy"
    Hindustan Times,16thSepetember,2017
  • "Searching for an equilibrium"
    The Hindu, 2nd December,2016
  • "Theresa May's Visit an Opportunity to Redefine Indo-UK Relationship After Brexit"
    The Wire, 6th November,2016
  • "Let us Aim for an Age Irrelevant Society"
    The Hindustan Times, 3rd September 2015
  • "Dignity for All"
    The Tribune, 17th August 2015
  • "Privacy, A Non-Negotiable Right"
    The Hindu, 10th August 2015
  • "Lack of vision for Punjab"
    The Tribune, April 4, 2015;Also See: the Jagbani and Punjab Kesri (Jalandhar) on March 31, 2015
  • "Failing the fairness test"
    The Indian Express, 20 March, 2015; Also See: the Jagbani and the Punjab Kesri (Jalandhar) on April 1, 2015
  • इस महाकाल में केवल आशावादी होना ही पर्याप्त नहीं
    Also see:Punjab Kesari, 25th May, 2021;,
  • "Mind the gap”, The Outlook, 18th January 2021 Print Edition.
    Also see:Also See : The AsianAge, 9th January, 2021;, Deccan Chronicle, 9th January, 2021
  • "A resilient democracy must look beyond binaries", The Tribune, 29th December, 2020.
    Also See; Punjabi Tribune, 31st December, 2020Punjabi Tribune, 31st December, 2020
  • "Success of Farmers' protest renews hope in the politics of mass mobilization", The Wire, 8th December, 2020;
    Also see: The National Herald, 8th December, 2020
  • " Let's carry on with the dignitarian agenda", The Tribune, 23rd October,2020.
    Also see:Live Law, 27th October, 2020, The Lokmat Times, 28th October, 2020 Lokmat Times, Deccan Chronicles, 28th October, 2020.Deccan Chronicles
  • "What should leadership look like in a new world”
    The Wire, 30th September, 2020"
  • Farm Bills: Abuse of legislative due process vitiates the law”, LiveLaw, 23rd September 2020.
    Also see: The Tribune, Jagbani, Punjab Kesari, Lokmat, Lokmat, Lokmat Times, Lokmat Samachar, 23rd September 2020, Navjeevan, 24th September 2020, Dainik Tribune, 25th September 2020, National Herald,27th September 2020, Punjabi Tribune, 3rd October 2020.
  • “Shinzo’s resignation, an act of humility”
    The Tribune, 5th September, 2020
    Also See: Dainik Tribune, 8th September 2020, Punjabi Tribune, 11th September, 2020
  • " The leaders we need in todays world", The Hindu, 21st August 2020. Also See; Lokmat Times 19th August 2020, Lokmat Samachar, 19th August 2020, Navjeevan, 16th August 2020 and The Punjab Tribune, 13th August 2020.
  • "Hope for the Homeless: The Case of Rohingyas"
    National Law School of India University Law Review, 31 NLSIR Rev. (2019)
  • " A Politics of national renewal", The Tribune, 8th July 2020
  • “Court needs to uphold the rights of citizens”, The Tribune, 13th June, 2020
    Also see; Punjabi Tribune, 9th June, 2020
  • "लोगों को रोटी और छत के लिए समझौता ना करना पड़े", पंजाब केसरी , 26 मई 2020
  • "कहाँ तुम चले गए , 'परछाइयाँ ' रह गईं ", पंजाब केसरी , 2 मई 2020
  • “No return to politics as usual”, Indian Express dated 20th April, 2020.
  • “Coronavirus, the humbling of man by Nature”, The Tribune, 1st April, 2020
    Also see; Dainik Jagran, Punjabi Tribune, The Ajit
  • “A test of true leadership”, Lokmat Times dated , 1st April, 2020;
    Also see; Lokmat Editions
  • “Striking a Balance” Indian Express dated 25th November 2019
  • “The Constitutional legitimacy of Abrogating Article 370” Economic & Political Weekly Vol 54, Issue no.38. For Summarized version see; “Kashmir, beyond legalities: Modi govt needs to recognize essential dignity of its people”, The Indian Express,10th Sepetember,2019; Also see:“Winning over Kashmiri’s a Litmus Test for the Govt”, The Tribune and Dainik Jagran,14th August ,2019; The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle, 15th August 2019.
  • 'Winning Over Kashmiris a Litmus Test for the Govt.'
    The Tribune and Dainik Jagran on 14th August 2019. Also carried by The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle on 15th August 2019.
  • "Modi’s Audacity of Hope: Can he win over J&K" ,Asian Age and Deccan Chronicles,15the August,2019
  • "Custodial Torture not yet a specific criminal offence", The Tribune,26th June,2019
  • "Constitutional Rights, Judicial Review and Parliamentary Democracy", Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 54,Issue No.14,13th April,2019
  • "This Election, we must reject the onslaughts on freedom", The Indian Express,28th March,2019
  • 'Lok Sabha Elections Should be Fought in the Name of Protection of Idea of India', 'राजनीतिक दलों को लोक सभा चुनाव ‘आइडिया ऑफ इंडिया’ की रक्षा के नाम पर लड़ना चाहिए',
    Dainik Jagran, 18th March 2019. Also carried by Jagbani and Punjab Kesari.
  • "The Essence of the next mandate", The Hindu,28th Jnauary,2019
  • 'Inequities have Strained our Democratic Polity',
    The Tribune, 3rd December 2018, Also carried by The Ajit, Ajit Samachar, 4th December 2018
  • 'Bench as Beacon',
    The Indian Express, 29th November 2018 Also carried by Dainik Jagran, 28th November 2018
  • "Let Us Come Together to fulfill the Dreams of Mahatma Gandhi."
    Lokmat Times, 2nd October 2018, Also carried by Jagbani, Punjab Kesari, Navodyay Times, Lokmat Main and Lokmat Hindi.
  • Protecting the Dissenters
    The Hindu, 3rd September; Also carried by Dainik Jagran, The Ajit and The Indian Express 2018
  • A Tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee
    Punjabi Kesari, 21st August 2018
  • 'Dear Prime Minister, We Must Enact' - An Open Letter to the Prime Minister regarding Custodial Torture
    The Indian Express, 14th March 2018; Also carried by Punjab Kesari and Jagbani
  • 'Dear Prime Minister, We Must Enact' - An Open Letter to the Prime Minister regarding Custodial Torture
    The Indian Express, 14th March 2018; Also carried by Punjab Kesari and Jagbani
  • 'Evidence vs Perception'
    The Ajit, 6th January 2018
  • 'Standing up for Human Rights '
    The Hindu, 8th January 2018
  • 'Evidence vs Perception',
    The Indian Express, 26th December 2017
    Dainik Jagran, 26th December 2017
  • Evidence vs Perception,
    The Indian Express, 27th December, 2017
  • 'The Moment of Promise'
    The Telegraph (Kolkata), 8/12/2017 (Also carried by the Asian Age, Dainik Jagran, Punjab Kesari)
  • "The lesson from Doklam- Peace is the dividend of power"
    Hindustan Times,16th Sepetember,2017
  • "The resilience of our liberalism: on the right to privacy"
    The Hindu, 12th Sepetember,2017
  • "Searching for an equilibrium"
    The Hindu,2nd December,2016
  • "Theresa May's Visit an Opportunity to Redefine Indo-UK Relationship After Brexit"
    The Wire, 6th November,2016
  • "Let us Aim for an Age Irrelevant Society"
    The Hindustan Times, 3rd September 2015
  • "Dignity for All"
    The Tribune, 17th August 2015
  • "Privacy, A Non-Negotiable Right,"
    The Hindu, 10th August 2015
  • "Lack of vision for Punjab"
    The Tribune, April 4, 2015 [An edited version of the article also appeared in the Jagbani and Punjab     Kesri (Jalandhar) on March 31, 2015]
  • "Failing the fairness test"
    The Indian Express, 20 March, 2015 [An edited version of the article also appeared in the Jagbani and      the Punjab Kesri (Jalandhar) on April 1, 2015]
  • "A contest of ideas, not agendas by Ashwani Kumar"
    The Indian Express, March 16, 2012
  • "Caught snooping: State fails to protect citizens’ privacy by Ashwani Kumar"
    The Tribune, May 3, 2010
  • "Domestic inflation, result of imported inflation by Ashwani Kumar"
    The Hindu, June 23, 2008
  • "Raise the bar in politics by Ashwani Kumar"
    The Hindustan Times, April, 26, 2007
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