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

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Conversation with Prof. Nandini Sundar, Professor of Sociology at DU

Prof. Nandini Sundar is a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi University. She was one of the lead petitioners in the well-known case of Nandini Sundar v. State of Chattisgarh (WP (C) 250 of 2007). She won the prestigious Infosys Prize in 2010 for her contributions to social sciences. She has several publications to her credit and … Continue reading Conversation with Prof. Nandini Sundar, Professor of Sociology at DU

Should Valjean have been Punished for Stealing Bread? A Reflection on Poverty and Criminal Responsibility

 by Saurabh Bhattacharjee “...The appellant had in fact intended to wipe out the whole family including himself on account of abject poverty...this aspect of the matter has not been properly appreciated by both the Sessions Court and the High Court…”- Kurian J, in Sunil Damodar Gaikwad v State of Maharashtra [1] Should poverty be considered … Continue reading Should Valjean have been Punished for Stealing Bread? A Reflection on Poverty and Criminal Responsibility