5 Must-Reads By Academike That Will Make You Think And Question: Read Now!

October must reads

“What are you preoccupied with?”

We often ask this question to ourselves as we let a bulk of information pass by us, without ever closely or actively engaging with it.

As fast-moving images and videos gather momentum, slowing becomes a part of growing. As mediums shrink and words grow smaller, we want you to take a break and reflect. We want you to read.

No! Don’t start with a book already. Instead, give our compilation a try.

We have compiled a set of five pieces that will slow you down while simultaneously bringing you in sync with the legal and social world. These are amongst the best pieces published on Academike in the last week that offer an in-depth but succinct understanding of myriad subjects.

Not So ‘Mahatma’: The Regressive Views Of Gandhi On Caste And Gender

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This one was a special publication by Academike on October 2. This article discussed the discourse on Mahatma GaGandhi’sacifism that often shed a veil over his regressive opinions on caste and gender.

Thus, while, on one glance, Gandhi seems to acquire a non-conflicted figure, upholding compassion and peace, several of his social and political views are shrugged under the rugs of history. Following several of his own writings, which dispute his benevolence, Aeshita and Sonali ask what was so ‘priestly’ about Gandhi?

Why do we need to remember even his flawed ideologies before calling him a nationalistic symbol every year on his birth anniversary?

Read the full piece here.

How Are Online Streaming Giants Eating Into Performers’ Rights in India?

performers' rights in India

Performer rights fall under Copyright law. It confers performers, producers, and broadcasters the rights of creative work, including their contributions as skill, capital, technical inputs and infrastructural facilities.

The rise of OTT platforms has created a need to reinvent performers’ rights in India. At the same time, they also chipped away the effectiveness of the existing law. 

Tanveer Malnas points at the requirement for extensive performers’ rights as OTT streaming platforms take over. Tanveer also explains the concept of performers’ rights in India and elsewhere while emphasising their inefficiency.

Read the full article here.

Arbitration and Conciliation Amendment Act 2021: Will It Interfere With Arbitral Awards?

arbitration and conciliation amendment act 2021

In March, Parliament passed the Arbitration and Conciliation Amendment Act 2021. 

The Act is the third amendment in six years to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 (principal Act).  This indicates that both the judiciary and government favour promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution as a consistent practice. However, the amendments also present certain shortcomings. For example, many have argued that it could interfere with arbitral awards due to the law’s vague definitions. 

In this piece, Arindam Shit writes how the 2021 Amendment Act takes one step forward to two steps back due to its vagueness. Read ArArindam’sntire argument here.

What Do You Need To Know About Joint Authorship in India? Academike Explainer

joint authorship in India

The ambiguities regarding joint authorship in India are subject to definition and judicial reasoning that has defined its contours within copyright laws.

Multiple creators or contributors present the conundrum of joint authorship, which further offers an erratic jurisprudence on joint authorship in India.

Krupa Thakkar, in this article, recounts the several case laws that have predominated the discourse on joint authorship in India. Krupa also sheds light on how they have defined the concept and how it is still being formulated.

Please read the full piece and share your thoughts with us here.

Why Animal Cruelty in India Needs To Be Addressed Urgently? What Does the Law Say?

animal cruelty in India

Recently, instances of animal cruelty in India witnessed a surge. The same has ushered the debate around animal rights and the extent of legal protection that the current laws provide them.

The issue is that most such crimes go unreported or are met with an underwhelming legal response given that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act 1960 and sections from the Indian Penal Code appear dated. 

S.S. Rithika writes about the prevailing scenario concerning animal cruelty and current laws, procedures and court orders that deal with animal cruelty in India. Rithika also presses for the reworking of these legislations to curb rising brutality against animals.

Read the complete piece here.


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