A Case For Reformation Of Narcotics Law In India

By Shreevatsa Lakhotia and Harishankar Raghunath  International pressure forced India to hastily conform to a global regime on drug control and formulate laws that focused on penalisation. This resulted in a drug policy that was not tailor-made for the country and left open significant loopholes in the statute, which subsequent amendments either partially addressed or … Continue reading A Case For Reformation Of Narcotics Law In India

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Interview with Catharine A. MacKinnon

* Interview taken by Archismita Raha, Debomita Sadhu, Siddharth Sonkar, and Shivani Kabra As we live in the internet era, some people do not want to identify themselves as feminists even though they support women’s rights. In fact, there is even positive backlash in the form of pages like MensXP. Why do you think this … Continue reading Interview with Catharine A. MacKinnon

Abortion for Minor Rape Survivors

By Devangana Mandal and Dhwani Parekh The years 2015 and 2016 have been monumental for the issue of medical termination of post-20-week pregnancies resulting from rape. Particularly in the case of minors, there has been a flurry of such cases at the Supreme Court-level requesting directives in exceedingly complex issues, from a legal and medical … Continue reading Abortion for Minor Rape Survivors

MeToo and Section 499: The Story of a SLAPP

By Kushagr Bakshi In 2014, Subramanian Swamy, joined by Arvind Kejriwal Rahul Gandhi amongst others, moved the Court under Article 32 challenging the constitutional validity of Section 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 coupled with Section 199(1) to (4) of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973[1], the laws that lay down the offence … Continue reading MeToo and Section 499: The Story of a SLAPP

A case against the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

Sarath Ninan Mathew* Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (“MGNREGA”): Setting the Context The unemployment rate in the period 2004-2005 was 2.37%. In the period 2009-2010, when MGNREGA was fully operational, this decreased to 2.06%. In absolute terms, around 1.45 million more people were employed in 2009-2010 in comparison to 2004-2005.[1] Even if we … Continue reading A case against the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

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 … Continue reading SAVE THE TIGER REMAINS A SLOGAN

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