The Silence and Symbolism of Hate
Hate crime laws can be effective only if the legal system engages with how strategic silences and symbolic language often render hate speech elusive, slippery, and impenetrable to legal consequences.
Supreme Court Endorses Enhanced Powers of Enforcement Directorate
The court accepted the government’s contention that the ED's powers did not need further checks to place it at par with the standards of justice applied in other criminal trials.
Right to Abortion in India and the US
What can the US judicial overturning of Roe v Wade tell us about reproductive decision-making and the law in India? Our histories might be different, yet they intersect with each other, and our goals…
Higher Judiciary Needs to Take More Suo Motu Action
The higher judiciary must proactively exercise its powers to intervene suo motu to deal with a spate of incidents that rip the country's social and communal fabric.
M. A. Kalam
Field Notes from a 'PoSH Trainer'
There is much to learn from unlikely places about the working — and promise — of the law against sexual harassment at workplaces.
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…