Statue Politics in India: Understanding the Law and Procedure

[The article has been republished by Live Law on February 8, 2019] India has been a land of great men and women. While it was common for the contribution and valor of these honorable individuals to be lauded in the form of printing commemorative stamps, coins, bestowing of awards etc; the recent trend of felicitation, …

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Government and its Naamkaran Ceremonies: Understanding the Procedure of Renaming of States and Cities in India

This post was re-published by Live Law on 25.12.2018. It can be accessed here. ‘Naamkaran’ is the ceremony when a new born is bestowed with a name by her/his parents. This name then becomes her/his identity and follows her/him for all his life. Although people do change their name, the occurrence is rare. Several state …

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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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