SAVE THE TIGER REMAINS A SLOGAN

By LAKSHAY KEWALRAMANI INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND 1,00,000 Tigers were killed in India between 1850 and 1950 and there have been 115 tiger deaths in 2017.[1] Tigers are indiscriminately killed through poisoning by the locals or authorities, shooting by the forest guards, poaching etc. According to Mr. Valmik Thapar (former member of Tiger Task Force 2005), if Tigers are … Continue reading SAVE THE TIGER REMAINS A SLOGAN

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Are Francis Lieber’s Ideas on Rights and Obligations Still Relevant? Indian and American Scenario

By Aditya Sharma Introduction In his treatise, Manual of Political Ethics, Francis Lieber dedicates an entire chapter to the topic Reciprocal Relation of Right and Obligation[1]. Rights are of no use without corresponding and parallel obligations. Interpreting Lieber’s ideas in a comparative context of Indian and American polity makes for a very interesting study. The … Continue reading Are Francis Lieber’s Ideas on Rights and Obligations Still Relevant? Indian and American Scenario

The Johar judgment: missed opportunities

By Nidhi Singh and Shivani Swami The awaited judgement deciding upon the constitutionality of Section 377 of Indian Penal Code which criminalises “voluntarily...carnal inter­course against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” came out on 6th September, 2018. In essence, the judgment held the provision unconstitutional to the extent that it criminalises … Continue reading The Johar judgment: missed opportunities

Returning to the Communities’ Table

By Stella James   The language problem Hidden in the north-western corner of Odisha, between the districts of Keonjhar and Sundergarh lies the Khandadhar: a gorgeous hill range home to thick forests, Odisha’s highest waterfall, and to iron ore mines. Going to the Khandadhar is a remarkable experience. One moves from dusty, broken roads with … Continue reading Returning to the Communities’ Table

Capital Sentencing and Execution Impact Evidence in India

By Atharv Gupta Even former Supreme Court (‘SC’) Judges feel that uncertainty continues to exist during the sentencing phase in death penalty cases.[1] In this post, I shall argue that the application of the ‘criminal test’ in its current form is highly unjust. I will further argue that as a first step towards evolving guidelines … Continue reading Capital Sentencing and Execution Impact Evidence in India

Revisiting Anti Vagrancy Laws from a Post Colonial Perspective

By Arbina Dey I. Introduction The dictionary meaning of the term ‘vagrancy’ connotes—being in a constant state of idle wandering without any visible means of support.[1] Most anti-vagrancy statutes draw a presumption of lawlessness against those who exhibit such a state of vagrancy. This then goes on to form the basis of the entire anti-vagrancy … Continue reading Revisiting Anti Vagrancy Laws from a Post Colonial Perspective

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: A CASE FOR ITS RECOGNITION AS A HUMAN RIGHT – PART II

By Anusha Peri and Ramya Chandrasekhar  In the second piece of this two-part post, we look at UBI as a subsistence right, and its value in a moral economy. IV. An unconditional minimum income as a subsistence right In light of the above, we argue that an unconditional minimum income scheme like UBI is in … Continue reading UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: A CASE FOR ITS RECOGNITION AS A HUMAN RIGHT – PART II

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: A CASE FOR ITS RECOGNITION AS A HUMAN RIGHT – PART I

By Anusha Peri and Ramya Chandrasekhar  In the first of a two-part post, we look at the threat of automation and its impact on the labour force. The threat of rapid redundancy of manual and unskilled labour as a result of technological unemployment is imminent, warranting immediate state action.[1] In the current era of artificial … Continue reading UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: A CASE FOR ITS RECOGNITION AS A HUMAN RIGHT – PART I

THE TRANSGENDER PERSONS (PROTECTION OF RIGHTS) BILL, 2016 – POLITICAL EYEWASH?

By Mihika Poddar and Archismita Raha In August 2016, the Central government introduced the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 (‘the Bill’), in Lok Sabha. It aims to provide for a comprehensive framework for the protection of transgender persons, in pursuance of the affirmation of their socio-political rights by the Supreme Court’s NALSA judgement … Continue reading THE TRANSGENDER PERSONS (PROTECTION OF RIGHTS) BILL, 2016 – POLITICAL EYEWASH?