“The reason it’s so difficult to obtain progressive verdicts in India’s courts” by Girish Shahane

Source: http://scroll.in/article/716073/The-reason-it’s-so-difficult-to-obtain-progressive-verdicts-in-India’s-courts Liberals won a small victory on Tuesday when the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional Section 66A of the Information Technology Act that had criminalised the transmission of electronic communications that had the potential to annoy or offend people. The phrasing of what constituted a crime was so vague that a large percentage … Continue reading

Government proposes ban on sale of loose cigarettes

Source: The Hindu (http://goo.gl/XuswnK) Brushing aside opposition, the government on Tuesday moved to amend the anti-smoking law and proposed radical changes, including ban on sale of loose cigarettes and raising the minimum age of a person buying tobacco products to 21 years from existing 18. It has also proposed raising of fine to Rs. 1000 … Continue reading

Kerala alcohol ban

Source: Indian Express (http://goo.gl/sbn9ef) Faced with bribery charges, economic and legal setbacks, Congress government in Kerala partially rolled back its new liquor policy borne out of battle between Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Congress state chief V M Sudheeran. The government withdrew dry day norm on Sundays and decided to sanction beer and wine parlours … Continue reading

Sedition? Seriously?

Source: The Hindu editorial (http://goo.gl/ifAfD9) “Take again Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code,” Jawaharlal Nehru said during a parliamentary debate centred around freedom of speech in 1951. “Now as far as I am concerned that particular Section is highly objectionable and obnoxious and it should have no place…in any body of laws that we … Continue reading

Govt decriminalizes attempted suicide

Source: The Times of India (http://goo.gl/KiBru6) Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday (10 December, 2014), minister of state for home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said, “The Law Commission of India, in its 210th report, had recommended that Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of IPC needs to be effaced from the statute book. … Continue reading

“Free market economics: Can PM Modi change the narrative?” by Gurcharan Das

Source: The Economic Times http://goo.gl/Xv2JLz Too many Indians still believe that the market makes “the rich richer and the poor poorer” and leads to corruption and crony capitalism. This is false, of course. Despite the market having generated broad-spread prosperity over two decades — lifting 250 million poor above the poverty line — people still … Continue reading

Notes from Election Mongers: “India: The anarchy of simple living” (Saba Naqvi)

“India: The anarchy of simple living” by Saba Naqvi (Saba Naqvi is a New Delhi based journalist who follows politics and issues of identity. She writes for Outlook magazine and is the author of In Good Faith, published in 2012.) For the first time in decades political pundits in India’s capital New Delhi are being … Continue reading

Notes from Election Mongers: “A welcome bout of anarchy in Delhi” (Tathagata Satpathy)

“A welcome bout of anarchy in Delhi” by Tathagata Satpathy (a member of Parliament affiliated to the Biju Janata Dal) Source: mintlive.com Individual freedom of human beings is truly signified by a state of complete yet considerate anarchy. In the theory of Karl Marx, the culmination of development is perceptible when the state withers away. … Continue reading

Don’t black out – Indian Express

The Indian Express : Fri Jan 27 2012, 03:12 hrs   All our required veneration for flags turns into equally irrational apoplexy and worse when a little black flag is waved. Congress workers expectedly went into a frenetic fuss when Rahul Gandhi was shown black flags at Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh last week. Since such protests … Continue reading

the imitating monkey: India an uncomfortable democracy

Functioning anarchy in India By: Shashi Tharoor | Published: August 16, 2011   Every year, during India’s rainy season, there is, equally predictably, a ‘monsoon session’ of parliament. And, every year, there seems to be increasing debate about which is stormier — the weather or the legislature. Consider the current session, which began on August … Continue reading