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

Understanding the battle between Collegium and NJAC

By Rishabh Shrivastava The recent comments by Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and Vice President Dhankhar have re-opened the debate on the appointment of judges in the country. Amidst this controversy, we look at the long battle between the executive and judiciary over judicial appointments. In this article, we look at arguments from both sides, some important legal doctrines, and concepts. What is the issue? Recently, … Continue reading Understanding the battle between Collegium and NJAC

What is Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF)?

By Team TA One of the key outcomes of the COP15 UN Conference on Biodiversity in Montreal was that around 190 countries adopted the landmark Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework that aims to protect 30% of the Earth’s land and oceans by 2030. Let’s know what this new framework on biodiversity conversation is all about: What is 30 by 30 goal? The new framework aims to … Continue reading What is Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF)?

All you need to know about India’s inclusion of cervical cancer vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programme

By Team TA India has the highest number of cervical cancer cases according to a study published in The Lancet, followed by China. The central government has taken the initiative to introduce the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the Universal Immunisation Programme for young girls in schools. Here is all you need to know: 1. A study published in The Lancet showed that India accounts for … Continue reading All you need to know about India’s inclusion of cervical cancer vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programme

Explained: The legal status of live-in relationships in India

By Gayathri G Live-in relationships in India attract a variety of contrasting opinions. Judgments rendered by the higher courts remain the source for determining its legal status. The term live-in relationship has not yet been defined legally or socially. However, a generally accepted definition is when two consenting adults live together in a relationship akin to marriage without being subject to laws of it. Even … Continue reading Explained: The legal status of live-in relationships in India

Explained: India’s new National Suicide Prevention Strategy

By Pallavi Pratibha On 21 November 2022, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare unveiled the National Suicide Prevention Strategy – aimed at suicide prevention as a public health priority.  It sets the stage for facilitation and coordination of efforts of all relevant sectors and stakeholders. The strategy document also enlists its goals and objectives, action framework, implementation framework and mechanism. The strategy aims to … Continue reading Explained: India’s new National Suicide Prevention Strategy

Explained: Understanding India’s legal and policy framework to fight rabies

By Gayathri G In 2022, India saw a steep increase in dog bite cases and rabies deaths. According to available data, India reported total 72,77,523 cases of animal bites in 2019, which dropped to 46.33 lakh cases in 2020 and 17.01 in 2021. However, the country has recorded 14.5 lakh cases in the first seven months of 2022 alone.  Another shocking aspect was human deaths. … Continue reading Explained: Understanding India’s legal and policy framework to fight rabies

COP 15 Biodiversity Summit: Countries adopt landmark Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework

By Team TA As the COP15 UN Conference on Biodiversity in Montreal came to an end, around 190 countries adopted the landmark Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework that aims to protect 30% of the Earth’s land and oceans by 2030 (also known as 30 by 30 goal). The agreement at the COP15 UN Biodiversity Summit in Montreal, Canada, came early on Monday morning. Some key points … Continue reading COP 15 Biodiversity Summit: Countries adopt landmark Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework

Explained: End of Maulana Azad National Fellowship which was recommended by the Sachar Committee

By Pallavi Pratibha What happened to the Maulana Azad National Fellowship? And, what is it? On 08 December 2022, Minority Affairs Minister Smriti Irani announced in the Lok Sabha that the Maulana Azad National Fellowship has been discontinued from 2022 -23 by the Union government. Earlier this year, M.Phil and Ph.D. research scholars affiliated with various universities approached the Ministry of Minority Affairs to complain … Continue reading Explained: End of Maulana Azad National Fellowship which was recommended by the Sachar Committee

Apart from loss and damage, other key highlights from COP 27

By Team TA As COP 27 winds up, here’s a quick look at some of the major outcomes at COP 27, apart from the much-reported loss and damage discussion. COP27 convened over 45,000 people, including government representatives, observers and civil society.  Launch of the first report of the High-Level Expert Group on the Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities: The report slammed greenwashing – misleading the … Continue reading Apart from loss and damage, other key highlights from COP 27

India unveils its strategy for net zero goal by 2070

By Team TA Background On 14 November 2022, India announced its  Long Term-Low Emission Development Strategy (LT-LEDS) at the ongoing COP 27. With submitting this strategy document to UNFCCC, India has now joined the group of 57 countries (out of 195) that were mandated to submit the long-term document by 2022 under the UN climate agreements. In accordance with Article 4, paragraph 19, of the Paris … Continue reading India unveils its strategy for net zero goal by 2070

COP 27: Mothers come forward to protect children’s right to clean air and healthy environment

A delegation of mothers from Our Kids’ Climate and Parents For Future Global – two networks uniting parents to act on climate – are attending COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh to urge world leaders to put children’s health, rights and futures at the heart of climate discussions and negotiations. The delegation of accomplished grassroots activists from Botswana, Brazil, Ghana, India, South Africa and the UK … Continue reading COP 27: Mothers come forward to protect children’s right to clean air and healthy environment

COP 27 Daily Bulletin

By Team TA This bulletin was updated daily by curating official sources of information for COP 27 designed by UNFCCC and other UN bodies. 19 November (Day 13) Closing plenary to take place today and parties continue to negotiate on the critical issue of loss and damage finance. Landmark deal on loss and damage After days of intense negotiations that stretched into early Sunday morning … Continue reading COP 27 Daily Bulletin

Workplace harassment: Inclusivity and transparency is missing from complaint committees

By: Anushka Pardikar, Anubhav Kumar and Rishabh Shrivastava In Part I of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace series, we examined the status of compliance with the various provisions of the PoSH Act, 2013. We looked specifically at the extent of sensitisation and awareness programmes conducted by major government organisations in the country.  In this part, we analyse the composition of the Internal Complaints … Continue reading Workplace harassment: Inclusivity and transparency is missing from complaint committees