The Basic Structure Doctrine: Origins and Nature

[On the 26th day of November, called the ‘Constitution Day’ in India, this special post is dedicated to the most unique principle/doctrine that governs Constitutional Law in India] Often in newspapers and on television we hear demands from fringe groups calling for India to be declared as a Hindu rashtra (nation), switching to a dictatorial …

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Shootouts in USA: Understanding the Gun Laws in America and India

Last week, Chelsea Clinton tweeted ‘The Border Line Shooting in Thousand Oaks, California is the 304th mass shooting in America this year.’ The tweet was in relation to an incident in Malibu, wherein Ian David Long, a Marine veteran opened fire in a club, killing over a dozen people. Such horrifying incidents are not uncommon …

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Does Burning the Effigy of a Judge amount to Contempt? Discussing the law in light of the infamous Odisha Saga

Recently, the Odisha State Bar Association was in the news for an alleged offence of the contempt of court. The lawyers of the High Court blocked the cars of the judges from entering the High Court, shouted derogatory slogans  and even burnt the effigy of the then Chief Justice of India, Justice Dipak Misra along …

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Censoring Online Content: Constitutionally permissible?

The 21st century heralded as the age of technology, is an age wherein almost everything occurs in the digital space. From making payments to even searching for love, technology has truly impacted everyone’s lives. This technological advancement has touched even cinema, originally accessible only through movie theatres and later through television. However, today one has …

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Everything Wrong with the Review Petition against the Sabarimala Decision

Recently, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India delivered a landmark verdict wherein it struck down the traditional practice of prohibiting women falling under a certain age group entry into the Sabarimala shrine. In the previous post, I had critically analyzed the judgment. However, despite the progressive stance of the Court there exists a section of …

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The Sabarimala Verdict: Praise and Criticism

The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, this Friday passed a verdict which has been hailed as a judgment in the right direction contributing significantly to the jurisprudence related to equality and dignity in India. The Court by a 4:1 majority struck down the prohibition on women from entering the Sabarimala temple. The judgment running over …

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[PART II] Right to Vote as a Statutory Right: Justifications and Repercussions

[This post is Part II of the previous post in this series. In this post I shall analyze the categorization of the Right to Vote as a statutory right and the repercussions it holds.] In the previous post to this series, a discussion on the nature of the Right to Vote [“R2V”] was undertaken and …

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