This article employs a feminist perspective and analyses the need for a shift in the approach of the Indian family planning programmes, in order to ensure better reproductive and sexual health for women in India. It is argued that despite the state claiming that the current family planning initiatives have promotion of women’s health as the primary goal, in reality, they are largely oriented towards population control. Further, they consider women as the means to achieve a larger goal, i.e. the welfare and development of the nation, and place a disproportionate burden on women to undertake family planning, thereby compromising their health. Thus, there is a need to re-evaluate the current approach, and the article suggests some measures that can be taken in this direction. Continue reading FAMILY PLANNING AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE IN INDIA
The author tries to put forth the vision of the Constitution of India. The idea of celebrating our constitution, despite the concerning issues surrounding the Indian democracy, is cherished. Continue reading RECLAIMING MY CONSTITUTION: Envisioning a Liberal Constitutional Democracy [EDITORIAL]
A conversation with renowned Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, winner of numerous National Film Awards on various issues plaguing India. Continue reading ELS DISCOURSE Episode 4: Dissent: On-Screen & Off-Screen
-by Ramsha Reyaz Cryopreservation is the process of freezing biological specimens like cells, tissues, organelles etc. at very low temperatures for the purpose of preservation. Cryopreserved cells can remain viable for long periods of time and, therefore, the process is increasingly being used for preserving reproductive cells and fertilized embryos as part of in-vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive techniques. Cryopreservation is an important aspect … Continue reading CRYOPRESERVATION OF HUMAN EMBRYOS AND REPRODUCTIVE CELLS: The Legal Loopholes [EDITORIAL]
In this article, through a discussion on the issues involved in FGM, international response to the problem of FGM, and the practice in Indian context, the author aims to present a case for a need to have an absolute ban on the practice of FGM. Continue reading FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: A Case for Complete Ban
The article aims to discuss Zomato’s new policy on period leave. While there are various myths revolving menstruation in India, none of them has any scientific proof. They affect the emotional, mental, and physical lives of women instead. The author discusses the constitutionality of the Menstruation Benefit Bill, 2017 and counters the various claims made by the people who oppose it. Continue reading PERIOD LEAVE: An Equitable Approach – [EDITORIAL]
Namrata Jeph The battle for Jammu and Kashmir was and is not merely or even mostly a battle for territory. It is an uncompromising and perhaps uncompromisable struggle for two ways of life, two concepts of political organization, two scales of values, and two spiritual attitudes. Joseph Korbel Introduction The Central Government on August 5 last year revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir … Continue reading ONE YEAR OF ABROGATION OF SPECIAL STATUS FROM JAMMU & KASHMIR [EDITORIAL]
India has enlisted itself as one of the worst-hit countries by the coronavirus. With an exponential increase in COVID-19 deaths and an increased mismanagement of the dead bodies, it becomes pertinent to discuss the rights of the corpse. This article aims to elucidate the right to die with dignity as recognized by various courts of India. It progresses to discuss the issue of mass fatalities during COVID-19, its cognizance by Indian courts and guidelines for management issued by national and international bodies. The article concludes with a few suggestions to improve the prevailing situation and the need to dispose of bodies with due dignity as a welfare state. Continue reading THE RIGHT TO DIE WITH DIGNITY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
-by Ayushi Shukla & Sushmit Mandal Humans have been devastated by a novel coronavirus, and our way of life inexplicably shattered by a microscopic infectious agent considered to be “at the edge of life”. More than one-third of our population is now confined indoors to curb the high transmission rates. Home, usually a safe sanctuary, is also a place where abusers can warp the dynamics … Continue reading THE LOCKDOWN DOMINO EFFECT: Resurgent Domestic Abuse and the Search for an Antidote.
-by Ninad Ajane & Ramsha Reyaz Introduction The foundations of a successful democracy are based upon the transparency in the working of the elected government and the citizens being aware of the happenings in the country. Media plays an important role in making sure that people are constantly updated about happenings around the world. Thus, it becomes imperative that the media be free from the … Continue reading J&K MEDIA POLICY 2020: A Tool to Muzzle Independent Journalism?