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

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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

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

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?

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