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Justice delayed! Are courts involved in an infinite game? – Forbes India

Indian judiciary is going through a massive crisis. According to the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG), as of October 2018, about 30 million cases are pending in the various Indian courts. Of all the pending cases, about 7 million cases are more than 5 years old and 2.3 million cases are more than 10 years old. In July 2018, the former chief justice Dipak Misra, while delivering the inaugural address at the Conference on National Initiative to Reduce Pendency and Delay in Judicial System, urged the high courts to form think tanks with judges, lawyers and academicians to explore innovative models to reduce pendency of cases. He emphasized that pendency of cases for long time periods raises serious questions about the efficacy of the Indian judicial system and brings a lot of disrepute to the institution. He proposed a 15-point plan to tackle this problem. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the new Chief Justice of India, has also expressed his plans to address this challenge. He is of the view that the pendency problem has the potential of making the judicial system itself irrelevant. Legal experts believe that the problem could worsen in the days to come. This article presents a game theoretic conjecture of the delayed judicial processes and mounting pendency of cases in Indian courts. Read more


Judges often fail to interpret a legal norm. Or do they? – Forbes India

In July 2009, the Delhi High Court had decriminalized homosexuality which was overturned by the Supreme Court of India in December 2013. The Supreme Court in September 2018 overturned its previous judgement, and homosexuality was decriminalized again. While teaching game theory at my institute, I was posed this question by a student – “This is not the first-time one judgement has been overturned by another judgement. In this case, the courts were interpreting the meaning of “unnatural offenses”, a linguistic expression from Section 377 of the IPC. Why do our learned judges often fail to come-up with a rational and objective interpretation of a legal norm which cannot be overturned? Is there any strategic reason for failing to select a proper meaning?”   Read more


Preach the falsehood to know the truth! Cunningham’s law can increase group participation – LinkedIn Pulse

If you are a teacher who wants to increase students’ participation in classroom discussions or you are a manager who wants to increase employees’ participation in corporate brainstorming sessions, deliberately say something that is incorrect. A human disposition called tendency to correct comes into play and you get more participation from your students or employees. This article claims that a careful and clever use of Cunningham’s law can significantly improve participation in group discussions. Read more