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Raja Dandamudi

Raja is a fifth-year law student from Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat, and is currently interning with Ms. Indira Jaising, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India. His areas of interest include constitutional law, socio-economic rights, labour jurisprudence and political history.

Articles

Freedom of Speech

Where are legal safeguards to criticism?

When governments, both central and state, are not tolerating genuine criticism of governmental actions, and the courts are not doing much to protect the freedom of expression, a recent judgment by the Kerala High Court introduces a fresh breeze in an otherwise tense environment, where the voices of only some kinds of majorities are being entertained, while voices of minorities are being suppressed. Also, the judgment goes a long away in furthering the labour rights of employees, to express their opinion, even if it amounts to criticism of their employer or superiors.

January 7,2019

Constitutional Law

Whither ‘right against moral paternalism’?

The right to privacy squarely includes an individual’s right to make a moral choice, whether it is with regards to marriage, food, attire, ideology or religion, inter alia. While there is not much judicial discourse on this essential right against moral paternalism, the Kerala High Court recently passed a remarkable judgment recognising an individual’s right against moral paternalism.

October 1,2018

Education

No ‘moral paternalism on students’

The Court reiterated that it is a court’s constitutional responsibility to recognise a person’s freedom to have a choice and not to ensure that moral values of either the college authorities or students prevail. The Court noted that ‘it is a sin for some and not a sin for others’ and that these choice between such competing moralities is what constitutes ‘the essence of liberty’.

July 23,2018

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