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Understand what constitutes Hate Speech And learn how to act against it

There are at long last some indications that a few states at least are awakening to their constitutional duty to control the insidious saffron agenda of systematically spreading hatred against religious minorities as a prelude to violence. A countrywide action in this regard by concerned citizens and groups could go a long way in checking…

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,…

एस आर बोम्मई बनाम यूनियन ऑफ इंडिया मामले के महत्व को स्पष्ट करने के लिए एक तथ्य पत्र

मार्च 1994, में आया एस आर बोम्मई बनाम भारतीय संघ का फैसला न सिर्फ भारतीय संघवाद का समर्थन करता है बल्कि राजनीति में धर्म की बढ़ती दखल पर भी तीखे सवाल उठाते हुए भारतीय धर्मनिरपेक्षता की रक्षा करता है. बोम्मई का निष्पक्ष संघ बनाये रखने का वादा, अदालत का धर्मनिरपेक्षता स्थापित रखने का निर्णय जो…

Prosecution Law is misused in India

India’s Contempt of Court Law Understanding how it works

The hyper nationalism of Indian society is a façade to blind different views and mute different voices. It is now becoming strikingly important for one to pledge allegiance to the motherland and its institutions to be granted his/her rights. The construction of the words “enemy”, “threat” , “terror” are all employed to destroy people who…

Curbing Freedom of Faith: India’s Anti-Conversion laws A Factsheet showcasing laws enacted by different states to curb conversions

The Indian Constitution grants every citizen the freedom ‘to practice and propagate his/her faith.’ (Article 25) Yet several states, currently ruled by the supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have in place laws enacted to ostensibly stop ‘forcible conversions.’ This when conversion, by extension of Article 25 remains a fundamental right, at least on paper. Arguably,…

Tabular Critique of the Transgender Bill 2016 Community Resources

This table compares the provisions in the Transgender Persons [Protection of Rights] Bill 2016 that will reportedly be tabled in the winter session of the Indian Parliament against the criticisms made by trans*, gender variant, and intersex groups, and the demands for revisions required to protect our rights. This was originally published on Sampoorna India Blog PROVISION…

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,…

When the Supreme Court Firmly De-linked Religion from Politics A Fact Sheet To Explain the Significance of the SR Bommai vs Union of India Case

The SR Bommai vs Union of India, March 1994 judgement heralded for its endorsement of Indian federalism, is also a sharp and biting commentary on inroads of religion into politics and safeguards Indian secularism. Bommai‘s promise of fair federal play, the judgment’s mandate for secularism, and for action against parties and State governments violating the constitutional…

Understanding the Aadhaar Case Some reports from the 2017 proceedings in the Supreme Court

After hearing the contentious Aadhaar case on December 14, 2017, a five member Constitution Bench has extended the hearings to January 11, 2018. The final hearings in the matter will commence then. Aadhaar-Linking Of Bank Accounts, Mobiles Phones Extended To March 31. But following the re-iteration in the Order passed yesterday, no Institutions (Centre/State/Private) can force…

justice in the Naroda Patiya Massacre

The 2004 Best Bakery Judgement and Its Significance Zahira Habibullah Sheikh v/s State of Gujarat, Delivered by the Supreme Court of India, April 12, 2004

Out of the miseries of the Gujarat carnage of 2002, thanks to the courage of the survivors and the tenacious work of the CJP core legal team, has emerged path-breaking jurisprudence on state accountability, victimology and witness protection. Thirteen years after the Supreme Court (SC) delivered the famed Best Bakery verdict, this judgement remains among…

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