While much of Hindu law overhaul began in 1950s, Muslim personal law remains clerics’ domain

By Moin Qazi* “Of all the lawful acts the most detestable to God is divorce”.  –Prophet Muhammad (This an authentic saying recorded by Abdullah ibn Umar, a highly respected companion of the prophet in an authoritative treatise “Divorce (Kitab Al-Talaq)” of Sunan Abu-Dawud (Ref. 63-2173) The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the practice of … More While much of Hindu law overhaul began in 1950s, Muslim personal law remains clerics’ domain

Dangerous mix of bad policies, weak institutions, govt inertia responsible for rampant illegal mining

Sushant Panigrahi* There are near about 4 lakh illegal mining cases in the last four years, Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Coal, Power and New Energy, has admitted. Indeed, India’s mining sector is rife with illegality. The last couple of years have witnessed a complete breakdown of law in the country’s mining sector. The government … More Dangerous mix of bad policies, weak institutions, govt inertia responsible for rampant illegal mining

Karnataka concern over impact of mining on women, complacence towards District Mining Fund

Voluntary organizations mines, minerals & People, Sakhi Trust, Keystone Foundation and Dhaatri Trust, and several community organizations, took part in a state-level consultation on Women Affected by Mining and District Mineral Fund in Karnataka. Joint declaration at the end of consultation: Several mining affected communities, women, NGOs, legal and medical experts came together for a … More Karnataka concern over impact of mining on women, complacence towards District Mining Fund

Financial literacy in India is still not priority, 76% of adults do not understand basic concepts

By Moin Qazi* Finance is the glue that holds all pieces of our life together. Ideal financial societies are those which provide safe and convenient ways of managing these simple monetary affairs. This philosophy is known as financial inclusion. It is providing   financial tools to people —tools that people can afford, that are safe and … More Financial literacy in India is still not priority, 76% of adults do not understand basic concepts

Trade along the Silk Route primarily helped spread Buddhism in India, China and other countries

By Hemang Desai Junagadh, Vadnagar and Devni Mori are three jewels of the crown of Buddhism in Gujarat. Indeed, Gujarat was Buddhist during a large chunk of the historical period. How did Buddhism arrive in Gujarat? The religion arrived in Gujarat through Emperor Asok’s reign; Gujarat was a part of the Mauryan Empire. Asok had … More Trade along the Silk Route primarily helped spread Buddhism in India, China and other countries

A peep into a rape convict’s mindset and why the victim thinks he got away with less punishment

By Madhumita Pandey* A ten-year-old girl was recently denied an abortion by the Supreme Court of India. She was a victim of rape, which she alleges was perpetrated by her uncle several times over a period of seven months. Her pregnancy was discovered after she complained of stomach ache and was taken to the hospital, but in … More A peep into a rape convict’s mindset and why the victim thinks he got away with less punishment