India’s new trafficking bill relies exclusively on the stick to achieve its goals. It will fail. Smt Maneka Gandhi, the Indian minister for women & child development, is likely to table ‘The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2018’ (hereafter, the bill) in the monsoon session of parliament scheduled to take place be-tween…

In this report we aim to analyse the socio-economic impact of judicial delay on the affected parties (such as, under-trial prisoners, corporations, government) and on the subject matter of the dispute (such as, property, education, environment). Analyses of the socio-economic impact of delay should use data to support findings, and contributions should also suggest solutions…

This post is the fourth in a loosely-linked set of posts on colonial continuity in the Indian judiciary. Previous posts can be found here, here and here. In my previous post on India’s ‘British judges’ after Independence, I noted that the assumption of a rigid racial dichotomy between coloniser and colonised replicates colonial assumptions of…

Following the footprints of state governments in Karnataka and Odisha, Rajasthan state government has also proposed to extend domicile reservation in National Law University, Jodhpur. Last year, an amendment bill which provided for reserving 50% of seats in National Law School of India University, Bangalore for the residents of Karnataka was passed by the legislative…

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 (‘the Bill’), has failed the transgender community, and severely waters down the guarantees of the NALSA judgement. (Its several critiques can be found here and here). One provision, in particular – that of a screening committee- is a blatant violation of their right to self-identification recognised by…

2017 was a rather eventful year of the Supreme Court of India which delivered some important and unexpected judgments. The year also witnessed the retirement of 4 judges including 2 Chief Justices and appointment of 5 additional judges to the court. Most remarkably however was the later part of the year which witnessed extraordinary accusations…

General Arthur Cotton’s exhortation in the 19th century to inter-link Indian rivers to streamline export of raw material from India to Britain (and officially, to mitigate the water crisis in South India) was in 1960 re-iterated by Dr. KL Rao and Captain Dastur, although with diametrically opposite ends in mind. Thereafter, the concept of inter-linking…