Hundreds of cases a day and a flair for drama: India’s crusading Supreme Court

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Source: The New York Times

NEW DELHI — Following the headlines, you might get the feeling that India’s Supreme Court is everywhere at once, all the time. You wouldn’t be far off.

On Thursday, the court struck down a colonial-era law making adultery a crime. Just the day before, the judges tactically pruned back the country’s sweeping Aadhaar national ID program to reflect privacy concerns. Earlier this month, it overturned a ban on gay sexthat had stood for 150 years.

The court is one of the most vital institutions in a vast and chaotic democracy of 1.3 billion people, weighing in on wild dogs, killer tigers, mob lynchings, garbage dumps and Muslim divorce rules — hot potatoes that Indian politicians won’t touch.

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