During the second wave of COVID-19 in India, we are witnessing more than just the government’s failure. We are witnessing apathy; we are witnessing black marketing and hoarding of essential medical supplies. Despite the urgent demand for oxygen and life-saving drugs, India is choking under the weight of bureaucracy and sluggish governance. Jaibatruka Mohanta details the despair of the desperate and the pitiful state of India.
Even after Section 377 was decriminalised in India, homosexuality continues to be a taboo subject. And the LGBTQIA+ community continues to face social ostracization, one that is offered from within and outside the family. The present commentary by Disha Pathak briefly discusses society’s obsolete lens on homosexuality and the judiciaries’ own flaws in realising the 2018 Judgement.
The Indian Courts have often attributed death sentence to the collective conscience and its state of shock. Although many countries have abolished capital punishment, India seems to be rooting for its continuance. Srinithi Sreepathy explains what Emile Durkheim meant by ‘collective conscience’, and if the phrase has attained a newer meaning in Indian courts.
Words like misogyny, patriarchy, male dominance, sexism and many more are synonymous with gender inequality. No matter their weight, these words can never be exhaustive of a women’s experience with discrimination. The language of subordination is often controlled by masculine figures. In its place, we bring to you the language of resistance narrated by women in the courtrooms. In a survey conducted by Lawctopus and Academike, several women voiced their interactions with the law and society. By Sanya Arora and Sonali Chugh.
Asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, refugees and displaced persons. These are some categories of residents or non-citizens who are unrecognised by the state. Though visible as illegal migrants, their invisibility is jarring in terms of their inclusion in governmental schemes. Despite residing in India for years, most of them don’t have documents to establish their identity. Deepanshi Mehrotra analyses if refugees and asylum seekers will be able to access the COVID-19 vaccine.
It’s only ironic that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) had first sought increased autonomy and Statehood for Delhi in the year 1980, 1998 and 2003. In an unforeseen U-turn, with BJP at the Centre, Delhi’s autonomy is further discarded. Gunjan details the new Amendment passed by the Lok sabha as the NCT of Delhi (Amendment) Act 2021 and its repercussions.
Among the fifteen women in the Constituent Assembly, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur has a mighty little chance of being recalled. To be fair, she does have more search results on Google. Perhaps because of her title or her association with Gandhi. Both of these aspects were very much her, none less than the other. But she was certainly more than just it. Astha Jain lays down a lucid and detailed account of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur who was much more than her title and her Gandhian philosophy.
Though Section 149 (1) of the Companies Act, 2013, is touted for its progressive stance. But can a mandatory provision exhaust the patriarchal climate of the boardroom? Gayathri Balasubramanian asks some pressing questions on the efficacy and implementation of the provision. And if it will affect overall gender disparity and stereotypes in the workforce.
Academike and Lawctopus bring to you a special series on seven women who were part of the constituent Assembly. Begum Aizaz Rasul was amongst the fifteen women who continue to inhabit the world through their speeches in the Constituent Assembly Debate Archives. Article researched by Divya Dwivedi. Written and edited by Sonali Chugh and Umang Poddar
The last time a military coup happened in Myanmar it lasted over fifty years under three different military heads until the military junta eventually dissolved in the year 2011. A decade after, the coup has once again tossed the country back into a long spell of uncertainty and instability. Himani Baid spells out the important details about the Myanmar Coup 2021, reflecting on its historical context.
The recent pronouncement by the Supreme Court in Union of India v. K.A. Najeeb is being touted as a ray of justice for several accused arrested under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Shivangi Banerjee analyses the judgement and highlights the implications it might have for future cases. She further elucidates the timeline of UAPA and narrates the story of its permanence.
The New Education Policy released last year is touted as forward-looking and changing the face of education and learning in India. While most of the recommendations focus on the holistic development of students, their implementation will only speak of their efficacy. Kriti Mishra sums up the most important aspects of the Policy, breaking down its advantages and shortcomings.
While there is no straight line that connects the Indian caste system with the racial segregation in the U.S., both these system are telling of histories of struggle and violence. Gunjan Bahety explains what’s Black History Month and how it came about. And even though it is a foreign concept, how certain aspects of Black History Month can be imbibed by India to recognise Dalit history and narratives.