Guest Post by Shraddha Kulhari and Sujoy Chatterjee In an earlier post, we had discussed the current constitutional status of the National Capital Territory of Delhi vis-à-vis Statehood. To summarize, our understanding was that Delhi, despite having trappings of a State such as a democratically elected Legislative Assembly and a Council of Ministers, remained a Union…

Guest post by Sakshi Aravind In my previous post I had briefly discussed the shortcomings of the Compensatory Afforestation Bill, 2016 that has been recently passed by the Rajya Sabha. In this post, I continue to look at the problematic rationale behind conservation policies, which is reflected in the bill as well.  Deep rooted colonial…

Guest Post by Sakshi Aravind On 28th July, 2016 Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the deeply problematic Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016 (“the bill”). It was passed by Lok Sabha without significant debates on merits earlier this year. The bill proposes to set up the Compensatory Afforestation, Management and Planning Authority (“CAMPA”) through which state governments…

Identified Lives versus Statistical Lives In Andy Weir’s book, The Martian (recently adapted into a Ridley Scott movie, starring Matt Damon), the lead character, an astronaut named Mark Watney, is stranded alone on the planet Mars. Back from planet Earth, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) coordinates the rescue effort. Mark Watney wonders: “The…

(Guest Post by Chintan Chandrachud) The doctrine of substantive legitimate expectations is a fairly new addition to the ‘armoury of courts in ensuring that discretions are exercised fairly’. It enables litigants, even in the absence of a legal right, to hold the government to its promise, policy or established practice. In contrast with its procedural…