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Ending independence

The recent UK Supreme Court ruling and beginning of impeachment proceedings against President Trump in US shows how independent institutions work. Why it's not working in India?

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Mihir S Sharma
What does it mean to have independent institutions, and how do they work? We in India may have forgotten what they look like, but the sight of the UK Supreme Court effectively telling the British prime minister that his only plan to stay in power and deliver Brexit over the wishes of Parliament was illegal. We saw impeachment proceedings begin in the United States against President Donald Trump, following an official whistleblower complaint by a government official against him. Think about this: Not only was there a bureaucrat — according to The New York Times, an intelligence official — outraged
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First Published: Sep 27 2019 | 7:58 PM IST

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