have a difficult job in our diverse society and very often
the politicians are as much victims of a vicious cycle as
they are villains. Revulsion of politics is dangerous. We
cannot afford to invite authoritarian solutions.
should this be viewed as a turf battle between parliament
and judiciary. No democrat can question the supremacy of
elected legislature in law making. Equally, the judiciary
has the ultimate responsibility to interpret the constitution
and uphold fundamental rights. True, there are legitimate
concerns about judicial usurpation of executive and legislative
authority. But this is the wrong case to contest judicial
of the first-past-the-post system have led to several distortions.
We need to look at proportional representation with reasonable
thresholds and separation of powers at state and local levels.
This judgment opens up many vistas, and the battle for reclaiming
our republic for the people has just begun.