Law and Religion

Case update

Supreme Court orders round the clock security

The Kerala Government to provide round the clock adequate security to two women, Bindu & Kanakdurga, who entered the Sabrimala temple. The counsel for the state of Kerala submitted that a total of 51 women of the age group between 10-50 years have already entered the temple.

January 18,2019

Case update

[Read Petition] Two women who entered Sabrimala temple approach Supreme Court

Senior advocate Indira Jaising mentioned the petition before CJI Ranjan Gogoi today. The Petitioners have approached the Supreme Court seeking direction from the Court that all concerned authorities be directed to allow women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple without any let or hindrance, and without danger to life and liberty, to ensure security and safe passage, including police security to women wishing to enter Sabarimala temple in future.

January 17,2019

Law and Religion

Sabarimala: One of the constitutionally strongest verdicts of our times

Anyone who had the slightest of doubts regarding the findings of Justice Chandrachud about the form of untouchability at Sabarimala, the notions of purity and pollution, must be clear of all such doubts after the ‘purification ceremony’ by the Thantri, that reiterates the deep gender bias, the form of untouchability at Sabarimala.  

January 14,2019

Case update

Ayodhya: Further orders on Jan 29; Justice UU Lalit recuses himself

CJI Ranjan Gogoi has made it clear that the five-judge Constitution bench will hear the Ayodhya case on merits. After the recusal of Justice U U Lalit, the bench will be reconstituted to that effect, and will assemble again on the date fixed, i.e. January 29, 2019, for fixing the schedule of hearing, so that hearing can commence on the batch of appeals against the Allahabad High Court order dated September 30, 2010.   

January 10,2019

History and law

One year of BhimaKoregaon case: Part III

All the activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case are left-leaning lawyers, academics and organic intellectuals who are extremely popular among the Dalit-Bahujan communities in Maharashtra and also in other states, because of the stellar work they have been doing over the years. The two sets of arrests — on June 6, 2018 and on August 28, 2018 — were based on one FIR filed on January 8, 2018. Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson as well as Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Vara Vara Rao, were arrested, while attempts to arrest Anand Teltumbde didn't succeed, and Gautam Navlakha was granted relief by Delhi High Court. While a 5000-page chargesheet has been filed, the glaring inconsistencies in the document will go down as a huge a blot on Indian democracy.

January 9,2019

History and law

One year of Bhima-Koregaon case: Part II

Early on the morning on January 1, 2018, innocent Dalits who had gathered at Bhima Koregaon, a small village about 30 kilometres from Pune, to offer their salutation to the victory pillar, were attacked by people holding saffron flags. The saffron-flagbearers  attacked one and all, pelted stones, torched shops and vehicles. Many innocent Dalits got injured and one person succumbed to the injuries suffered due to stone-pelting. The news spread like wildfire and so did its videos and messages. Agitated Dalit and Bahujan activists took to streets, holding up traffic all across the State.

January 6,2019

History and law

One year of BhimaKoregaon case: Part I

As the legend goes, on the eve of January 1, 1818, about 800 furious soldiers of the British army defeated the 28,000-strong Peshwa army. This victory over the Brahmninical “Peshwayi” is celebrated by the Bahujans in Maharashtra every year by visiting the obelisk that was built as a memorial for the battle and its martyrs.

January 2,2019

Politics

Despite pliant media, VHP-RSS meet at Ayodhya was a flop

This week will fall the anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid, on December 6. Along with the pillars of the historic mosque, the goons of the Sangh Parivar had also attempted to demolish the pillars of Constitution like rule of law, supremacy of judiciary and the Constitution itself. It is time to reassert the basic features of our secular democratic Constitution.

November 29,2018

Law and Religion

The unconstitutional case of FGM

All eyes are on the Supreme Court to hold the ideals of the Constitution up and declare FGM an offence. It is about time that India joins the international movement against FGM and that the law protects its citizens from such heinous violation of human rights and bodily integrity.

November 28,2018

Politics

BJP willing to court contempt of court to stoke communal fires

Legal impediments are unlikely to deter the party when it feels that the raising of religious fervour is the only way to overcome the government’s inability to keep its promise of vikas. While the RSS’ Mohan Bhagwat is calling for an ordinance to start building Ram temple, the BJP has decided to make full use of the Sabarimala issue even though it involves flouting the landmark Supreme Court judgment.  

October 29,2018

Democracy and Rule of Law

Will public opinion shape Ayodhya outcome?

Judges are merely ‘black-robed homo sapiens’ and many have observed the direct linkage between public opinion and the behaviour of judges that arise from the force of mutually experienced events and ideas in shaping and reshaping the preferences of both the public and the judges.

Law and Religion

#Sabarimala: Dissent from the dissent

The powerful and praiseworthy dissents of judges like HR Khanna, M Hidayatullah have always spoken in the favour of protecting the sanctity of Part III of the Constitution while the dissent of Justice Indu Malhotra puts restrictions on the bounds of Article 14 of the Constitution. The non-application of Article 14 in religious matters would go against the very basic principles of the Constitution.

October 22,2018

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