Mohammed Zubair’s arrest is an inversion of justice

The arrest of journalist Mohammed Zubair in Delhi is pettiness, vengeance and repression let loose on a society once aspiring to be free. It is also a distillation of the way in which the Narendra Modi government draws energy from a thorough contempt for liberty, decency, constitutional values, and the opinion of the international community. … Read more

In overturning Roe v. Wade, US Supreme Court has shown lack of constitutional courage

On 24 June 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) overturned the landmark Roe v Wade case, which guaranteed abortion as a constitutionally protected right in 1973. The reversal took place by the conservative-majority court in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization. SCOTUS held that the Constitution of the United States does not … Read more

Agnipath is part of a larger process of defense reform and modernisation

From the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 till the end of the First World War in 1918, military strategists had convinced themselves that once a general mobilisation for war was ordered it must culminate in a full-scale conflict. For, rolling back a fully marshalled army from going into battle had grave internal consequences including and … Read more

Overturning of Roe v Wade — A catastrophic constitutional rewind

In May 2022, a leaked draft of the majority opinion of the United States Supreme Court sounded the alarm on a potential seismic shift in women’s right to personal autonomy with the overturning of the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. On 24 June, the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was … Read more

Shiv Sena without a Thackeray at the helm will not be the same

Before he breathed his last, the pater familias of the Shiv Sena, Balasaheb Thackeray, addressed a mammoth meeting at the iconic Shivaji Park in Dadar. He appealed to the multitude of his followers to look after his son, Uddhav, and grandson Aaditya, after his death. It was an emotional appeal that palpably moved the mass … Read more

America has taken another step towards democratic backsliding

In a democracy, can a right once granted be taken away? In the current international debate, this question has become part of the rising intellectual and political concern over “democratic backsliding”, a concept that depicts how democracies weaken and decline without collapsing fully. As the world’s oldest surviving democracy, the United States has figured prominently … Read more

Ashutosh Varshney writes: Backsliding in America

In a democracy, can a right once granted be taken away? In the current international debate, this question has become part of the rising intellectual and political concern over “democratic backsliding”, a concept that depicts how democracies weaken and decline without collapsing fully. As the world’s oldest surviving democracy, the United States has figured prominently … Read more

Why revanchist claims to places of worship are legally untenable

November 9, 2019, was a historic day for the Supreme Court of India. On this day, five justices pronounced an unanimous verdict in M. Siddiq v. Mahant Suresh Das, better known as the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid judgment. In what was hailed by many as a masterful act of judicial statesmanship, the Bench speaking as one … Read more

The impact of US Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade will be felt acutely by marginalized people, including low-income women and women of color

For half of a century, women and pregnant people in the United States have relied on the right to abortion to make decisions about their lives, health, and well-being. In 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Roe v. Wade established critical protections against violations of individuals’ rights to bodily autonomy, health, … Read more

On women’s rights, West takes a backward step, and India shows the way

At a time of distressing furore on social media and the streets against the near-total bans on abortion in the West, India’s generous stance on the termination of pregnancy is a comforting sanctum. Coupled with the moratorium on commercial surrogacy and the proposal to equalize men’s and women’s ages at marriage, India is positioned securely … Read more