Justice? You ge…

Justice? You get justice in the next world. In this world, you have the law,” -William Gaddis. William Gaddis. 

Criminal Tribes Act

The term Criminal Tribes Act (CTA) applies to various successive pieces of legislation enforced in India during British rule; the first enacted in 1871 as Criminal Tribes Act (Act XXVII of 1871) applied mostly in North India[2] The Act was extended to Bengal Presidency and other areas in 1876, and finally with the Criminal Tribes … Continue reading

Civil Disobedience in a Democratic Regime | Gandhi versus Ambedkar, Part II

In the last post, I discussed the differences in Gandhi’s and Ambedkar’s attitudes towards civil disobedience of law in a democracy, and thus distinction in their visions of democracy itself. In this post, I continue on those differences to illustrate how Ambedkar’s model of democracy has some disturbing implications on freedom and is liable to … Continue reading

Civil Disobedience in a Democratic Regime | Gandhi versus Ambedkar, Part I

The notion of civil disobedience in a democratic scheme of things might seem contradictory. If a person willfully disobeys the law enacted by a government elected fair and square by popular vote, to most people there seems to be little reason to allow for such disobedience under law. However what such arguments fail to appreciate … Continue reading