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Save the Constitution: Join the Good Fight to Defend Your Rights From the Secretary's Desk

Every other day we hear utterances, from persons in high constitutional office, or from the fringe influencers that they have this driving urge, which is to repeal, or change, the Indian Constitution. Not too long ago, Ananthkumar Hegde, minister for skill development and management in the Modi government said, in a pre-election campaign meeting in…

SC Extends Power To Grant Anticipatory Bail

When the Government tried to browbeat the Judiciary The NJAC Controversy

Close to two years ago, 15 months after the Modi government was sworn to power, an unholy controversy had arisen over the Modi regime’s open moves to influence India’s Supreme Court. Then attorney general, Mukul Rohatgi had made a series of aggressive, even controversial arguments in the Indian Supreme Court arguing for a supremacy of…

How Hate Builds An account of speeches inciting hate in light of FIRs on Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mevani

On the first day of 2018, Saffron flag bearers attacked the Bhima Koregaon Battle Memorial in large numbers. Dalits who come to Bhima Koregaon every year on January 1 to pay respects to the martyrs of the battle were caught off-guard and resisted the attacks spontaneously. The next few days saw an immaculate and organic upsurge of the resistance…

As Woman, Citizen and a Muslim: How Courts Have Treated the Hadiya Case Love Jihad and Freedom of Faith, How have the Kerala HC and SC Dealt with Both

The Indian judiciary has gained a reputation for its tenuous tussles with the concept of religion. Interfaith marriages and religious conversion have been met with suspicion and convolutions ‘born as the result of a macabre mating ritual between patriarchy and bigotry’. ‘Love Jihad’ has been woven into a dominant caste Hindu narrative of religious extremism,…

Christmas as a symbol of Democracy John Dayal on Christmas in 2017

It could have been said a long time ago, but Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India was not too late in saying the faith of the Christian community has become shaky in the wake of increased attacks on Christians and members of the clergy. There was more he could…

Christmas Gifts!

One of the most meaningful features of the Christmas Season is that of gift-giving! Across the globe, people love to give gifts at Christmas to others – and of course to receive gifts too! Gifts come in a whole range: from the inexpensive yet lovingly hand-made card to perhaps a gold-crusted diamond purchased from an…

Day of Reckoning Jignesh Mevani's historic win

Only a few moments in Indian history have had the power to unite voices across the spectrum of class, caste, religion, language and more. Some individuals become the manifestation of these moments and spread their exuberance around like star-dust. Today is a day of mixed emotions. Today is the day when Jignesh Mevani has won from the Vadgam constituency in Gujarat…

Amir Rizvi

The Elephant in the Room Caste in Law Schools

This article, published in Sabrang India is being reproduced here today, the day Justice Karnan has been released after serving a six month jail term in Kolkata. The Supreme Court first delivered the judgement dishing our serious contempt of court charges against a fellow judge in May 2017. This judgement may be read here. Before that,…

Afrazul Murder

In Search of an Icon Lionising cold blooded killers

“… A Hero of Our Time, gentlemen, is in fact a portrait, but not of an individual; it is the aggregate of the vices of our whole generation in their fullest expression.” (From Foreword to A Hero of Our Time, Lermontov’ quoted in Albert Camus novel ‘The Fall’) Shambhu Lal Raigar is a new hero…

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Social Media Brings to Light Cases of Human Rights Violation Stand Up for Human Rights

Social media has played a role in building people’s movements and helping create and sustain conversations that are essential for any democracy to thrive. Socio-politically relevant debates have also been amplified ever since the advent of social networking platforms. Here, three strong Indian civil society voices share how they feel social media has empowered the Indian…

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