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Amir Rizvi

The Supreme Court, Second and Third Generation Rights Adjudication: Some Ruminations

Many Constitutional Theorists in the Anglo-American World would find Chief Justice Khehar and Justice Nazeer’s dissent in the Shayara Bano Case (which they grounded in ‘Principles of Separation of Powers’ and the ‘Political Question Doctrine’) as the way to proceed in cases underlying policy questions. In fact, their preferred remedy of injuncting the practice of Talaq-E-Biddat (commonly known as Triple…

Amir Rizvi

Failings of Indian Legal Education System

The first thing you lose in law school is the reason that you came in the first place. The technicalities of substantive law intertwined with procedure in Indian legal education shifts focus to myopic concerns divorced from social realities and lived experiences of the people of India. Legal education in a capitalist set-up churns students…

Violence Against Mothers

How India Makes its Mothers Run From Pillar to Post

The year 2002 was particularly bad for two women. Asiya Begum’s son Khwaja Yunus was arrested after being accused of playing a role in the Ghatkopar blast case, where a bomb placed on a BEST bus exploded killing two and injuring 50 people. He was later allegedly killed in police custody. In neighbouring Gujarat, Rupa…

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भारत में माताओं पर पुलिसिया हिंसा और बर्बरता

ये कहानी उन भारतीय माँओं की है जो अपने बच्चों के लिए न्याय की लड़ाई लड़ रही हैं। वह महिलाएं जो कठिन सवाल पूछने की हिम्मत रखती हैं लेकिन उन्हें अपनी दृढ़ता का जवाब पुलिसिया हिंसा और बर्बरता के रूप में मिलता है। यह औरतें अटल, साहसी तथा सत्य की खोज में दृढ़ हैं। लेकिन इन सभी को अपने…

HOPAL, INDIA - AUGUST 11: Bajrang Dal workers stage a protest against incidents of attack on Hindus those happened in Kishtwar, Jammu on August 11, 2013 in Bhopal, India. A town in the south of Indian Kashmir was under curfew for a second day after two people were killed and dozens wounded in Hindu-Muslim clashes in the disputed Himalayan region, police said. Stores and buildings were torched in the clashes on August 9, which erupted in Kishtwar town, 150 kilometres (90 miles) southeast of Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar after prayers marking the end of Ramadan. (Photo by Gagan Nayar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Fear of Death

For the RSS and Affiliates, Religion Alone Defines Entitlement, Rights and Citizenship It’s a worldview at odds with modernity and republicanism crafted in the Indian constitution and the state. A fundamental belief, indoctrinated through skewed ‘history’ lessons in the shakha that asserts,  inherently  that religion and faith systems,  especially some,  draw the faultlines and define…

Strong and small The Indian Express

Modi is a tall leader. Then why does his government sometimes act in petty, vengeful ways? Written by Julio Ribeiro | Published on: May 27, 2015 12:00 am “Pseudo-secularism” is alive and kicking in our country. After I voiced my concern about the peaceful Christian community becoming a soft target of Hindu extremist elements, I received…

The Importance of the Zakia Jafri Petition Economic and Political Weekly

It is not often that the battle against aggressive communalism, the sustained mobilization that precedes brute and targeted violence and includes hate speech and hate writing, the deliberate debilitation and paralysis of preventive and pro active measures of law and order that minimize the spread of reprisal violence and protect lives and properties, gets sustained…

The end of impunity The Indian Express

It was not simply the number of lives lost, though the number, perhaps 2,500,— is not insignificant. The struggle of man (or woman) against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting. — Milan Kundera It was not simply the number of lives lost, though the number, perhaps 2,500 — is not insignificant. It was…

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