the executive and the judiciary have remained so interlinked – even in countries where the separation of the ‘church’ and the state has been established centuries ago – there is probably no case study possible in isolation, bereft of external influence.without demeaning the authority of the judiciary or the state, why would things come to the fore in the selection/nomination of a supreme court judge, be it in the us or in india? much has been talked about the appointment of the 49-year-old neil gorsuch as the new us supreme court judge, filling the vacancy left in the death of the conservative antonin scalia.frankly, going by his track record, he may not prove to be such a bad choice by president donald trump, after all. at least, nobody would call him a white supremacist ideologue.the situation in india, though, is a tussle between the judiciary and the government, a situation that has left large numbers of cases hanging in limbo, with a pendency situation that can hardly be solved in the next 20 years, even with the full complement of judges in session.the situation in the us federal supreme court is pretty different. it’s supreme court has nine judges nominated by the president and confirmed by the senate. they are appointed for life.(l-r) the graph and table shows pendency of cases in supreme court of india. photo courtesy: supreme court of indiachief justices in ...