The High Court of Bombay in Balchand Lalwant v. Nazneen Qureshi recently held that a Hindu who had converted to Islam, would be considered eligible to succeed to her father’s property under the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 (“HSA”). This comes at the heels of another Gujarat High Court decision which had reached a similar conclusion….

In this interesting 1958 decision, the Bombay High Court discusses the legal consequences of Ambedkar’s mass conversions to Buddhism. The event in question took place in Nagpur in 1956. Following the event, a Bombay Dalit MLA’s election was challenged on the ground he was no longer a Hindu. The High Court rejects the challenge on…

As Egypt begins its post-Mubarak era, the successful revolution is sure to leave many bewildered. Till recently, political scientists hardly considered Egypt a possible candidate for a successful revolution, with many characteristics of historical revolutions being absent there. Even as Indian observers debate the question of why and how Egyptian revolution cannot be replicated in…