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International Law and the Denial of Minority Status to Indian Muslims

International Law and the Denial of Minority Status to Indian Muslims

On 27th May, the Indian Minister of Minority Affairs, Najma Heptullah, declared that ‘Muslims are not minorities, ...
Rape and the Failure of the Criminal Justice System

Rape and the Failure of the Criminal Justice System

With the national outrage witnessed in India after the gruesome gang-rape of Nirbhaya in December 2012, one truly ...
Righting wrongful convictions: is anguish enough?

Righting wrongful convictions: is anguish enough?

In a recent judgment, Adambhai Sulemanbhai Ajmeri v. State of Gujarat, the Supreme Court of India acquitted all ...
Curing the Koushal Malady

Curing the Koushal Malady

"We are of the view that though Judges of the highest Court do their best, subject of course to the limitation of ...
India’s Third Gender and The Kaushal Problem

India’s Third Gender and The Kaushal Problem

Almost four months ago, the Indian Supreme Court inflicted the LGBT movement with a severe body blow by ...
Perpetual Life Sentences, Reformation and the Indian Supreme Court

Perpetual Life Sentences, Reformation and the Indian Supreme Court

It is trite to say, or so we hope, that a retributive criminal justice system has no place in a society conceived ...
The Not-so-paramount Right to Vote

The Not-so-paramount Right to Vote

Last week, the Election Commission of India announced the time frame for the general elections to constitute the ...
Indian Supreme Court Changes Stance on Death Penalty: Holds Delay to be a Ground for Commutation

Indian Supreme Court Changes Stance on Death Penalty: Holds Delay to be a Ground for Commutation

Recently, in the case of Shatrughan Chauhan v. Union of India, a three-judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court ...
Reviewing Koushal: Counting Down the Errors Apparent on the Face of the Record

Reviewing Koushal: Counting Down the Errors Apparent on the Face of the Record

The seven review petitions filed in the case of Koushal v Naz Foundation (“Koushal”) are an exercise in drawing up ...
Should There Be A Human Rights Approach for Environmental Protection?

Should There Be A Human Rights Approach for Environmental Protection?

Is climate change just an environmental issue or also a human rights issue? Do we need a new international ...
Naz and Reclaiming Counter-Majoritarianism

Naz and Reclaiming Counter-Majoritarianism

The term “counter-majoritarian” has, more often than not, been used in a derogatory fashion - especially when it ...
Naz Foundation: Reading Down the Supreme Court

Naz Foundation: Reading Down the Supreme Court

There is no doubt that the Supreme Court in Suresh Kumar v Naz Foundation held that section 377 of the Indian ...

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