Guest Post by Vivek Anandh, an advocate in the Delhi High Court The recent decision of the Supreme Court to refer the Sabarimala Temple entry issue to a larger constitutional bench has thrown up a lot fascinating questions for the court to decide. In the communal rights jurisprudence that has so far been established by…

On Feb 10, 2011, a division bench of the Gujarat High Court dismissed, with “exemplary costs” of Rs 20,000, a PIL filed by a Dalit activist challenging the performance of Hindu religious functions during a ‘foundation laying/bhumi pujan ceremony’ on the grounds of the High Court. The full text of the judgment in the case…

I read A.G.Noorani’s article titled ‘Free Speech and Religion’ in the June 6th issue of EPW with interest wherein he argues that the March 26th resolution 7/19 of the Human Rights Council of Geneva on ‘Combating Defamation of Religions’ was entirely appropriate and criticizes Western opposition and Indian skepticism. As for the resolution itself which…