J&K press freedom

J&K MEDIA POLICY 2020: A Tool to Muzzle Independent Journalism?

-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?

SEXUALITY AND THE STATE

by Sevanshi Kamdar and Shivani Choudhary INTRODUCTION Promoting and protecting individual autonomy lies at the heart of every liberal state. Though this has not been explicitly acknowledged by states, states do recognize that the freedom to be one’s own person is a right that, if is granted, would be empowering for its citizens. However, this recognition still has to be universally shared in various arenas, … Continue reading SEXUALITY AND THE STATE

Hong Kong protests against the controversial national security law

THE DEATH KNELL FOR HONG KONG?

by Dhanishta Mittal and Deepanshu Mittal China’s controversial National Security law is now to be implemented in Hong Kong through Chinese administration. This raises serious concerns regarding the demand for Hong Kong’s autonomy. The security law, which has provisions that are expected to ban secession, sedition and subversion of the Chinese government will conveniently bypass the Hong Kong legislation due to their puppet government in … Continue reading THE DEATH KNELL FOR HONG KONG?

BUDGET 2020 AND CORONAVIRUS: A tale of myopia and dystopia

by Kaartikay Agarwal “A choice between life and economy is a choice between life and life.” The series of events that have unfolded in the past couple of months bear stark testimony to the heavy amount of collateral damage done by COVID-19. Apart from risking billions of lives all across the globe, the pandemic has greatly jeopardized the World Economy as well. The multifaceted damage … Continue reading BUDGET 2020 AND CORONAVIRUS: A tale of myopia and dystopia

DOES THE UNBORN CHILD HAVE A RIGHT TO LIFE?

by Nupur Raut and Ashwin Pantula We live in a world where the language of rights may easily (and most often justifiably) be appropriated by, or for the benefit of, a given stakeholder in a situation. India’s fundamental rights, set out in Part III of the Constitution, have oft been read to include newer and more diverse rights within their framework. This is usually done … Continue reading DOES THE UNBORN CHILD HAVE A RIGHT TO LIFE?

THE STORY OF KASHMIR: Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978

-by Vanya Francis & Anirudh Agrawal Introduction Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA), 1978, often regarded as an arbitrary piece of legislation, encapsulates the entire Jammu and Kashmir region. It finds its roots in the British era when the Defence of India Act 1915[1] was enacted as an emergency criminal law for repressing the nationalist and revolutionary activities during and in the aftermath of … Continue reading THE STORY OF KASHMIR: Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978

THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION: ABSTRACTION OF JUSTICE – [PART-II]

-by Atyotma Gupta This is the second and concluding part of the two-part series. Previous part can be accessed here. Article 32: Is It Just As mentioned above, Article 32 of the constitution is the remedial provision for the violation of fundamental rights and enshrines a right to the aggrieved to approach the apex court to seek the protection of his/her fundamental rights. It is the … Continue reading THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION: ABSTRACTION OF JUSTICE – [PART-II]

THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION: ABSTRACTION OF JUSTICE – [PART-I]

-by Atyotma Gupta “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power”            … Continue reading THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION: ABSTRACTION OF JUSTICE – [PART-I]

INTERNET SHUTDOWNS: A Rise in Arbitrariness?

-by Shaileshwar Yadav In the year 2005, the Kingdom of Nepal cut off all the telecommunication links with the outside world. According to the Crown, shutting down of communication was essential to counter Maoist insurgents. The blackout continued for 88- days, frustrating the general public of Nepal. The results were deplorable – the virtual blackout alienated large swathes of the public. The collapse in the economy … Continue reading INTERNET SHUTDOWNS: A Rise in Arbitrariness?

TECHNOLOGY, PRIVACY AND COVID-19 PANDEMIC

-by Vini Singh The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world. The fast-spreading infectious disease has compelled almost every government to impose severe measures. Many of these measures have had a substantial impact on fundamental freedoms. India is no exception. The government has had to impose a strict nationwide lockdown to slow down the spread of the virus. Many more restrictions are likely to become a part … Continue reading TECHNOLOGY, PRIVACY AND COVID-19 PANDEMIC