Nepal’s Constitutional Crisis

by Mara Malagodi Nepali legislators are currently striving to promulgate the country’s seventh constitution and conclude the peace process that began in 2006 after the ten-year long Maoist People’s War. By 2001 a new constitution drafted ‘by the people’s elected representatives’ had become the Maoists’ key demand and the precondition to bring the insurgents to … Continue reading Nepal’s Constitutional Crisis

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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

The Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill, 2010: A Case of Misplaced Priorities?

by Priyattama Bhanj As surrogacy in India continues to grow by the day, the proposed law to regulate it continues to remain in incipient stages. The present guidelines are a consequence of those originally framed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). However, these do not have any legal sanctity and are not binding. … Continue reading The Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill, 2010: A Case of Misplaced Priorities?

Supreme Court Judgement Striving to Fully Eradicate Manual Scavenging in India: Another Attempt in Vain?

by Saasha Malpani Campaigns, protests and laws have done little to end the perpetuating practice of manual scavenging in India. After more than two decades of enactment of legislations, the Supreme Court finally took notice of the issue and passed a landmark judgement in what may be a respite for human right activists all over the country. … Continue reading Supreme Court Judgement Striving to Fully Eradicate Manual Scavenging in India: Another Attempt in Vain?

A Level Playing Field: Myth or Reality?

by Yogini Oke Introduction The year 2012 brought a lot of welcome changes for the class of disabled people in India. The year witnessed the culmination of a decade long fight of disability-rights activists, academicians, lawyers etc for the people with disabilities as reflected in the amendments made in the Copyright Act. The Ministry of … Continue reading A Level Playing Field: Myth or Reality?

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