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HEMRAJ SINGH

Gujarat 2002: Defending the Indefensible?
in Law, Politics

Gujarat 2002: Defending the Indefensible?

Tavleen Singh’s widely shared opinion piece in the Indian Express titled Fifth column: Political pundits. Really? carried the byline that prominently quoted from the article declaring that: “In Gujarat in 2002, both Hindus and Muslims died, but we called it a pogrom and the demonisation of Narendra Modi began.” She started by pointing out that the ‘political pundits’ — whatever that means, but she counts herself among them — have...

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05 Apr 2017
Aadhaar Act: Fraud on the Constitution?
in Law

Aadhaar Act: Fraud on the Constitution?

The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery Of Financial And Other Subsidies, Benefits And Services) Act, 2016, or the ‘Aadhaar Act’ for short, started out as a government scheme after the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was established on January 28, 2009 by a notification issued by the Planning Commission, and Nandan Nilekani, the co-founder of Infosys, was appointed the head of the project on June 23,...

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30 Mar 2017
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ORDER: Bad in Law, Bad in Fact
in Law

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ORDER: Bad in Law, Bad in Fact

First off, in stressing the need for the promotion of ‘constitutional patriotism’, the Supreme Court seems to have presupposed the existence of other kinds of patriotisms and to have also underscored the preferability of ‘constitutional patriotism’ to the other kinds, even if the apex court did not go as far as to deride or denounce the way ‘nationalism’ and ‘patriotism’ is being used as a...

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09 Mar 2017
Jallikattu Protests: Right to Animal Cruelty Now?
in Law

Jallikattu Protests: Right to Animal Cruelty Now?

In India, our hearts never stop bleeding for the cows, but their husbands — the bulls — are an altogether different matter. Compared to their human counterparts, the bulls might not have quite as many husbandly complaints of spousal maltreatment, but in the times of Jallikattu they can almost definitely plead gender discrimination. When the issue of animal abuse and needlessly endangering human life quickly...

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16 Feb 2017
Dennis Andrew Nilsen: For the Company of the Dead
in Crime File

Dennis Andrew Nilsen: For the Company of the Dead

He was suddenly conscious of the fact that it was morning and soon his now asleep bedmate would leave. He reached out to his body and the touch of his warm body aroused him. He did not want him to leave. He looked around and spotted the fellow’s tie among the clothes they had shed the last night. Recalling the incident four years later he...

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05 Sep 2016
AWAARGI: Love Unfair
in Movies

AWAARGI: Love Unfair

Love is complicated. That’s the easy part. But it may not be quite as easy to understand that it is not necessarily just. And that it is sometimes blatantly unjust. And also that on certain occasions it is perfectly capable of tearing one apart with disarming innocence. One can only squirm and fume, and get frustrated when that happens because there is nothing that one...

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18 May 2016
SHAUKEEN: Unapologetically Lustful, Age No Bar
in Movies

SHAUKEEN: Unapologetically Lustful, Age No Bar

To make a movie about three lecherous old men salivating at every woman and girl who has the misfortune of falling within their eyesight was indeed a courageous thing to do back in the 1980s, or in any era that we have seen, for that matter; particularly so in India. That’s because we have never been comfortable with lust and advancing age. To us, lust...

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15 May 2016
TRIYACHARITRA: Remarkably Restrained
in Movies

TRIYACHARITRA: Remarkably Restrained

Child marriages have been part of a larger social reality in India as well as elsewhere for a long time, and while all child marriage might not have turned into disasters, certain social circumstances could and did turn some of them into blazing nightmares. Triyachartira tells the story of a child bride, Bimli (Rajeshwari), who is betrothed to a boy at an early age of...

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15 May 2016
Miranda Rights – II: Miranda’s Misfortune
in Crime File

Miranda Rights – II: Miranda’s Misfortune

The officers brought the teenager into the doorway and asked Ernesto if she was the girl he had raped. Ernesto believed that the girl had already identified him at the line-up. “That’s the girl,” Miranda said. Once the girl left, the officer asked Ernesto to write his confession on a sheet of paper at the top of which was the disclaimer that the suspect was...

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15 May 2016
Miranda Rights – I: The Crime That Reshaped The Law
in Crime File

Miranda Rights – I: The Crime That Reshaped The Law

On March 2, 1963, at around 11:00 p.m., as a certain 18-year-old (by some accounts 17-year-old) teenager walked down the street, a car pulled out of a driveway and stopped a block ahead of her. A man emerged from the car and started walking towards her. She wanted to pass him by, but he grabbed her with one hand while the other hand covered her...

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15 May 2016
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