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

Assam citizenship issue: Supreme Court acted inconsistent with international law

Excerpt from Amnesty International India’s “Designed to Exclude: How India’s Courts are Allowing Foreigners Tribunals to Render People Stateless in Assam”: In September 2019, Raveesh Kumar, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, while laying out the future map of NRC in Assam said, “All appeals and excluded cases will be examined by this … More Assam citizenship issue: Supreme Court acted inconsistent with international law

Highest judicial office under RTI purview: Positives and creative tensions in Constitution bench’s opinion

By Venkatesh Nayak* “To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous (RTI applications) fortune, or to take arms against a sea of (information requesters) troubles and by opposing end (their right to know) them.” (With apologies to Shakespeare for … More Highest judicial office under RTI purview: Positives and creative tensions in Constitution bench’s opinion