Constitution of India
The Sophistry of Calls to Replace the Constitution
India’s Constitution is more robust than the politics of those who call for its replacement.
Improving Preventive Detention Laws
The 44th Amendment to the Constitution was enacted 44 years ago, but the clause that deals with improving the preventive detention framework has still not been brought into force. This goes against…
‘Basic Structure’: Defence against Parliamentary Hegemony
The 'basic structure' ensures that some constitutional features remain unamendable by Parliament, a defence against parliamentary hegemony and Constitution rewriting.
The Curious Case of ‘Due Process’ in the Indian Constitution
The Constituent Assembly considered an American-style 'due process' clause for the Constitution but adopted a formula to limit judicial review. Unwilling to heed that limitation, judges…
Examining the Making of the Constitution
At the dawn of independence, the liberal traditions that underpin a constitutional democracy were absent in India. How did the framers of the Constitution deal with this challenge?
Margins and Marginality
The Pathalgadi movement of Jharkhand drew on Munda traditions to fashion the 2019 electoral defeat of the incumbent party. A unique interplay of an assertion of constitutional rights, local…
'We are the True Inheritors of the Nationalist Legacy!'
Shaheen Bagh, like other sites of protest against the CAA and NRC, was more a consciousness than a mere physical space. The protesters' ways of imagining religion and nationalism to meet…
Our Brother’s Keepers
The protesters at Shaheen Bagh have built a solidarity that has not been derived from some legal or religious text but is drawn from their own direct experience. They say in their own plain fashion:…
Fraternity: The Missing Link of India’s Democracy
Fraternity—bandhuta—is the most radical and important idea of our times, the necessary foundation to fight all the world’s injustices, hate and inequalities.