Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lack of internal institutional and intellectual leadership

[Caught in court, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, The Indian Express, editorial, Thu Jun 10 2010 … a lack of serious intellectual leadership with the Supreme Court which has often failed to craft doctrines with sufficient, clarity, precision and scope to inspire confidence.
The Supreme Court is now in a battle for its legitimacy. Most of its wounds, including the handling of Bhopal, are self-inflicted. In fact in the entire debate over regulatory reform in India, very little attention is paid to the fact that institutions often fail, not because of their formal design or powers or lack of insulation from politics. They fail because of lack of internal institutional and intellectual leadership that is up to the task of the challenges the court faces. The writer is president, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi]

Mutatis mutandis, this rings true with regard to Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Puducherry. [TNM]

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