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How India’s Courts have Helped Escalate Hindutva Claims on Mosques
Rather than dismissing them under the Places of Worship Act, 1991, courts often allow petitions against mosques to fester, thus helping Hindutva politics.
The Flawed Logic of the Karnataka Hijab Ban
The Karnataka hijab ban does not advance the autonomy of Muslim women. Rather, it narrows the avenues available for them to question and resist community norms.
How Judicial Inaction is Killing Constitutional Faith with a Thousand Cuts
The Supreme Court has forgotten that its primary duty is to protect the citizen from the excesses of the state and its instrumentalities. The time is ripe for the judges to get down to their actual…
Mimetic and aspirational groups, only loosely connected to the BJP and the RSS, are propelling the growth of Hindutva in north India. They draw impunity from communalised forms of caste assertion and…
Vishal Singh Deo
Akram Akhtar Choudhary
The Shaky Future of Citizenship
"In India, a birth-based model of citizenship is being cast off in favour of an ethnic and singular model. The civic all-encompassing idea of the nation and citizenship is giving way to a Hindu…
The Faults in India’s Law-Making Process
A scorching legislative pace has been hailed by the union government as a sign of firm action. But favouring speed over process affects the quality of the laws that are inserted into the statute…
India’s Anti-Conversion Laws: The Death of Secularism
The Karnataka bill on conversions goes much further than the laws enacted in other states in its infraction of liberty and it contains a raft of illegitimate provisions. Its intentions have been laid…
The Legal and the Lethal
AFSPA keeps apart ideas of law and justice; a separation that makes the Nagas 'killable', as in Oting. The law incorporates them into the Indian nation-state as rights-deprived subjects —…
Jelle J.P. Wouters
A ‘Licence’ to Kill in the Sundarbans
A regime of fishing licences in the Sundarbans, unchanged since colonial times, might be the single biggest everyday hazard to the lives of the fishers: on par with tigers, cyclones, and rising seas.
Producing the Migrant Myth
Assam's development discourse is embedded in wilful ignorance of history, ecology, and migration patterns. This ignorance feeds narratives of land-hungry migrants usurping land and seeking to…
Shofiul Alom Pathan