A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
Data from the information and broadcast ministry shows that only 30 complaints of indecency against reality shows have been acted on since 2006, and only two in the last five years.
One way to bypass the complication of introducing a uniform civil code for a country as diverse as ours is to alter the laws to achieve gender equity.
Instilling a feeling of national unity can be a legitimate state interest but such a feeling cannot be pursued at the cost of individual liberty.
As the judiciary represents the Indian state, showcasing the symbology of one particular religion in courts amounts to violating the principle of secularism
Sedition, defamation, censorship, internet shutdowns – the year saw the courts being tested on a range of issues related to the freedom of expression.
The Modi government has reneged on a significant compromise on national language made during the constituent assembly debates – the Munshi-Ayyangar formula.
The Supreme Court and Markandey Katju have both ignored Article 124 (7) of the constitution – which prevents a former SC judge from presenting a case.
The societal impulse to morally indict prisoners is unconstitutional – something the courts and people in general seem to have forgotten.
The government, through the all-party delegation, should ask Kashmiri nationalists what they want and see how far it can go to accommodate them within the framework of the constitution.
Thirty petitioners – some Dalits, some not, some representing sex workers and others who say eating beef is part of their food culture – are challenging Maharashtra’s ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks and the consumption of beef of cattle slaughtered in Maharashtra.
We have reached a stage where a Hindu’s nationalism is never in doubt even if he debunks the Constitution, glorifies Gandhi’s assassin and mourns India’s independence; but a Muslim or Christian’s person’s nationalism is always suspect.
Restricting women’s entry into religious spaces is not only against the principle of equality as enshrined in the Indian Constitution but also acts as a barrier to their socio-cultural development.
With the Sangh Parivar extolling Ambedkar as part of its political agenda, it is important to debunk the myth of him being anti-Muslim. With excerpts from Ambedkar on Muslims by Anand Teltumbde, published by Vak Publication.
“A call to the media and the general public to reflect upon the deeply disquieting trends visible in the public sphere and in our polity today”