Violence against healthcare workers: Courts, law enforcing agencies must ensure zero tolerance

Sanjeev Sirohi* Nothing on earth can be more disgusting, more degrading and more demoralizing than to see that how brazenly so many dastardly and cowardly acts of unprovoked and uncalled for attacks against doctors and healthcare workers have been carried out ever since the outbreak of this corona pandemic is going on! We must be … Continue reading Violence against healthcare workers: Courts, law enforcing agencies must ensure zero tolerance

Thousands of reported and unreported incidents of communal harmony amidst Covid-19 crisis

By KP Sasi* Two recent reports deserve our attention: The first one is the case of a young labourer named Amrit, s/o Ramcharan and his friend Mohammad Yakub was travelling to Basti, UP from Surat, Gujarat. Suddenly Amrit became unconscious. Since the passengers in the truck protested, the boy was dropped on the road side … Continue reading Thousands of reported and unreported incidents of communal harmony amidst Covid-19 crisis

How dare you ask for your meagre wage and fight for your right? How dare you dream?

By Mansi Kapoor This is Shilpa’s story… The eldest of three, born in a small village near the Maharashtra-Karnataka border. Born into a “low” caste of landless farmers. She has grown up in the field of poverty, back breaking toil and perpetual debt. But the story takes a turn from the usual. The twenty-two-year-old is … Continue reading How dare you ask for your meagre wage and fight for your right? How dare you dream?

High court judges, chief justices deserve better, fair treatment from Supreme Court collegium

By Sanjeev Sirohi* It is distressing to see that the arbitrary transfer of High Court Judges in our country is not stopping, which is hurting the smooth functioning of our judiciary immensely as some are even resigning in protest. Just recently we saw Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari of Bombay High Court who was next in line … Continue reading High court judges, chief justices deserve better, fair treatment from Supreme Court collegium

Police, judiciary, prisons and legal aid: Areas of improvement and concern in Gujarat

Sponsored by India’s oldest philanthropic organization, founded in 1892 by Jamsetji Tata, the 146-page study, “India Justice Report", carried out by well-known civil society experts from the Centre for Social Justice, Common Cause, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, DAKSH, TISS-Prayas and the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, has sought to rank 18 major states on police, … Continue reading Police, judiciary, prisons and legal aid: Areas of improvement and concern in Gujarat

People have right to criticize ruling dispensation, be it legislature, executive or judiciary

By Sanjeev Sirohi* It is heartening to note that the Calcutta High Court just recently on December 3, 2019 in a notable judgment titled Sanmay Banerjee Vs. State of West Bengal and others in W.P. No. 21526(W) of 2019 in exercise of Constitutional writ jurisdiction on the appellate side has very rightly held that people … Continue reading People have right to criticize ruling dispensation, be it legislature, executive or judiciary

Notions of rational fools, foolish excellence in understanding constitutionalism, law, justice

Text of Prof. Upendra Baxi's Dr. Ashok Hirway Memorial Lecture titled "The Directive Principles of State Policy, Fundamental Duties of Citizens, and Human Rights: Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread", organized by the Centre for Development Alternatives in Ahmedabad on 23 December 2019:  I am very grateful for this gracious invitation by Professor … Continue reading Notions of rational fools, foolish excellence in understanding constitutionalism, law, justice