Understanding the law governing PILs in light of the petition challenging the presidential order concerning J&K

[Picture credit: Outlook India] The year 2018 shall go down as a monumental year in the history of the Supreme Court of India. The Court through its judgments granted women the right to enter the Sabarimala temple, struck down the discriminatory provision of adultery, agreed to live stream its proceedings etc. The doors of the …

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A Brahmin lover to a PM idolizer: Can a Judge be removed for making communal/political comments?

The Supreme Court has described an ideal Judge as the one who lives and behaves like a hermit having no desire or aspiration.[1] The justification behind this life of seclusion is that the Judge should not encounter people, who’s rights and liabilities she/he decides. A Judge should be unbiased and should decide every case before …

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Everything wrong with the J&K Presidential Order

Two days ago, India underwent a major constitutional and political change, as the central government through a presidential order (‘order’) set in motion the revocation of Article 370 which granted special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir (‘J&K’). The order has been followed by a Bill through which the state of Jammu and …

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Indian or Canadian? Understanding India’s law on citizenship, in light of Bollywood Star Akshay Kumar’s citizenship row

It has been rightly said that citizenship is the chance to make a difference to the place where you belong. Being citizen of a country entitles an individual to several privileges and rights, which she/he can exercise to contribute to the nation’s building. For instance, in India only citizens have freedom of speech and expression …

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‘Hindi’ as the National Language of India: Decoding the Myth

[Picture Credits: The Economic Times] India is a land of diversity comprising of individuals from different communities, backgrounds, religions etc. What one eats, how one speaks, differs from region to region. In this diversity, we Indians often look for symbols and objects that unite us. The national anthem, national animal, national song, national flower are …

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Should an entity be allowed to use National Emblems or Names for commercial purposes? Understanding the law in light of the petition seeking a title change in actor Salman Khan’s movie ‘Bharat’

Every nation has certain emblems and names that are sacrosanct to it. These emblems and names hold a very sacred position in the hearts of the citizens, as they may be reflective of the nation’s independence struggle, its unique identity, its heroes or other nationalistic/patriotic feelings. Tampering or misusing such emblems or names is prohibited …

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Should I wear my patriotism on my sleeve? Analyzing the Law on Sedition in India and the demand for its strict enforcement

[Picture Credits: Aseem Trivedi] The article was republished by Live Law on 02.06.2019 One’s patriotism and feelings of nationalism have always been a personal sentiment. One need not show their love for the country by explicit gestures as long as the sentiment is genuine from within. Recent times in India show otherwise, as the citizens …

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