Factsheet: Global Plastics Treaty and India
The factsheet covers all the key points from this important meeting, and highlights the position taken by India and how geopolitics continues to influence our fight against plastic pollution. Continue reading Factsheet: Global Plastics Treaty and India
The Controversy around Karan Torani’s ‘Chandni Raatein’ Campaign: A Historical Analysis of the Power of the Gaze
While the use of sex workers’ stories in fashion may have rightly triggered a united feminist backlash against the objectification and commercialization of women’s bodies for utilitarian purposes, the article delve deeper into the historical factors that led to the emergence of this profession. Continue reading The Controversy around Karan Torani’s ‘Chandni Raatein’ Campaign: A Historical Analysis of the Power of the Gaze
Ten years of the Indian sexual harassment law: A scope for improvement
By Devashish Vashishth This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the PoSH Act. The act was promulgated on April 22, 2013. Coincidently, it took the legislature 10 years to bring this act into existence. Before the Act, the employees were under the mercy of the Vishakha Judgment. But after a decade-long period of time to the enactment, the question prevails, whether the act was able … Continue reading Ten years of the Indian sexual harassment law: A scope for improvement
Planetary boundaries point to an existential crisis – What are our alternatives?
Our survival requires the widespread adoption of lifestyle models that decouple economic activity from the consumption of finite resources. If we do not address this problem quickly, scientists predict that the consequences for life on Earth will be catastrophic, and irreversibly so in few cases. Continue reading Planetary boundaries point to an existential crisis – What are our alternatives?
Book Excerpt: Mr Ambedkar, to Ambedkar Bar-at-Law, to Dr Ambedkar
Whatever be the reason for his decision to work on appellate cases, by the end of 1923, Ambedkar’s legal career had begun. He was Dr Ambedkar, Bar-at-Law. But could these impressive credentials compensate for the stigma of his caste? Continue reading Book Excerpt: Mr Ambedkar, to Ambedkar Bar-at-Law, to Dr Ambedkar
Transgender persons and their reproductive rights in India: A quest for health justice
Reproductive justice and gender justice are both intersectional and aim to enable people of all genders to make their own decisions about their bodies. Continue reading Transgender persons and their reproductive rights in India: A quest for health justice
Digital travel and the myth of privacy
Privacy concerns will be shrugged back, regardless of how these technologies are blatantly in violation of various important judgments and recognized practices regarding people’s right to privacy. Continue reading Digital travel and the myth of privacy
Explained: Assam’s drive against child marriage
The current implementation of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act as well as POCSO in Assam is being done in an ostentatious manner that attempts to display the Government’s hardline stance against child marriage. Continue reading Explained: Assam’s drive against child marriage
Localizing climate action in India
We are currently on a precarious path to averting a climate catastrophe. The industrial revolution has caused an average increase of 1.1°C more warming resulting in planetary impact. We must act quickly and drastically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions if we want to prevent hazardous warming of more than 1.5°C. Continue reading Localizing climate action in India
Patriarchal courtrooms: Freedom of women in the eyes of the judiciary
On 24th June 2022 in the matter of Dobbs v. Jackson, the United States Supreme Court overturned a landmark judgment (Roe v. Wade) delivered over half a century ago, effectively depriving citizens of a fundamental right to abortion. The apex court’s decision resulted in the obliteration of the constitutional right to women’s liberty and privacy, and at the same time, their decision making over reproductive choices was granted to the state and its institutions. Continue reading Patriarchal courtrooms: Freedom of women in the eyes of the judiciary
Explained: Examining the law on prostitution in India
By Gayathri G The Kerala High Court recently held that a ‘customer’ who avails the services of a sex worker may be held criminally liable under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act (ITPA). While on one hand, punishing customers could make the process of accepting prostitution as a profession difficult, but on the other hand it could also prove to be helpful in curbing sexual exploitation of … Continue reading Explained: Examining the law on prostitution in India
Removing language as a barrier to justice
Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud said, “English language in its ‘legal avatar’ is not comprehensible to 99.9% of the citizens”. During an event, he also indicated that in the quest for increasing accessibility, the next step for the Indian judiciary would be to make judgments from various courts available in all regional languages of India. Continue reading Removing language as a barrier to justice
Is India’s healthcare system fit to fight the rising cancer cases?
The pandemic brutally highlighted the limitations of our healthcare system. However, it is not just COVID-19 that revealed the capacity issues with our system, the burden of several chronic diseases like cancer, TB, HIV, and diabetes are some other instances of how our healthcare infrastructure is reeling under immense pressure. Continue reading Is India’s healthcare system fit to fight the rising cancer cases?
Explained: Love jihad, Supreme Court, and law on religious conversions
By Deb Ganapathy The Supreme Court (SC), while hearing arguments in a PIL in January 2023 for the enactment of a special legislation to ban forced religious conversions, stated that the issue of the ban on forced conversions should not be given a political colour. The petition filed by a lawyer and BJP Spokesperson Ashwini Kumar Dubey, in December of last year, comes after the … Continue reading Explained: Love jihad, Supreme Court, and law on religious conversions
New Ganga cruise and the threat to Gangetic dolphins
By Team TA Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 13, 2023, flagged off the world’s largest river cruise, MV Ganga Vilas, from Varanasi in UP. The cruise which is set to sail over two major rivers, Ganga and Brahmaputra, will cover 4000 km in 51 days to reach its destination of Dibrugarh in Assam, via Bangladesh. While calling this “a landmark moment” in the history … Continue reading New Ganga cruise and the threat to Gangetic dolphins