Seema Chishti


Triple talaq: Govt plans to make practice a punishable offence, likely to table Bill in winter session
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Sources said recurrent reports of triple talaq continuing in Muslim society despite the Supreme Court judgment spurred the decision to bring in a law with punitive measures

Padmavati controversy: Isn’t it the government’s job to prevent threats to filmmakers, asks Shyam Benegal
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Veteran director Shyam Benegal, who has been put in charge of drafting new guidelines for CBFC, hits out at the government’s failure to act against those threatening and intimidating Padmavati’s director and actors.

Kunwar Narayan (1927-2017): Among the last of the doyens in Hindi literature
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

He won a series of awards including the Vyas Samman, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Jnanpith. He was awarded a Padma Bhushan in 2009.

Between the Folds
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Amidst outrage over boxing the sari as a symbol of Hindutva, a look at its many definitions in the country.

October Revolution 100 years later: are there any lessons?
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

The Russian Revolution took place exactly a hundred years ago — November 6, 1917. While the country it created, the USSR, has since broken up, historian Irfan Habib of AMU tells Seema Chishti there are lessons in the revolution’s legacy.

Eminent Citizens write to the Committee of Experts on Data Protection Framework
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

Now, 22 eminent citizens, including a former Chief Justice of a high court, a former CIC, senior advocates, and petitioners in the privacy matter have written to the committee, expressing their discomfiture at the composition of the committee.

We must not glorify ancient India… but learn from it: Historian Upinder Singh
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

Historian Upinder Singh speaks on why thinkers in India have for centuries engaged with the problem of violence, the limits of the ancient tradition of debate and her new book.

Drafting change: What the new ‘progressive’ intervention in Uniform Civil Code debate entails
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

The Indian Express explains the background of the Uniform Civil Code debate, and the significance of the citizens’ intervention

Uniform Civil Code draft handed over to law panel chief
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Eight eminent citizens, including scholars, a retired senior Army officer, two Magsaysay award winners, writers, classical singer and a legal luminary have lent their weight to the draft.

Jayaprakash Narayan: Reluctant messiah of a turbulent time
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Jayaprakash Narayan would have been 115 today. In an India that is very different, but is dominated once again by a single political force, what is the significance of his righteous but, in the long term, unworkable, message?

Prescription post Section 66A: ‘Change law to punish hate speech online’
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Brought into the statute by the UPA-II in 2009, Section 66A had empowered the police to make arrests over what the policemen, in terms of their subjective discretion, could construe as “offensive” or “menacing”.

Those Independent UP Girls
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

And how the police action against them serves a larger political and social goal

The Urdu Press: Gauri’s murder
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Inquilab, on September 10, writes: “A large section of the media, if not the entire media, has been terrified by this murder. But some sycophants, in the garb of being journalists, are detached from this situation and were busy finding a rationale for the murder".

Across faiths, personal laws debated in courts and Parliament
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that instant triple talaq illegal, the question has been so frequently discussed, in fact, that it would appear as if Muslim law is the only such personal law that, despite being at variance with other Constitutional laws, is accorded "protection".

On the Shores of Time: Mezquita-Catedral in Cordoba offers a multi-layered way of seeing the world
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba in Spain offers a peek into a past where civilisations cleaved and coalesced in equal measures. It offers multi-layered way of seeing the world -- Visigoth, Roman, Byzantine, Caliphate, Arab, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, all under one roof.

Gauri Lankesh murder: The enemy within
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

The murder of Gauri Lankesh, which followed the murders of Rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and Prof MM Kalburgi, is a signal that dissent won't be tolerated in the world’s largest democracy

Simply put: Over the years, major questions on institutions of minority education
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

The government has decided it does not agree that Jamia is a ‘minority’ institution. Why has a constitutionally given right caused prolonged conflict? The Indian Express explains

Why memory
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Hindutvavadis saw Gandhi’s eclecticism and abhorrence of the two-nation theory as a threat to their ideas. The communal hate fuelled by Partition and the quick turn of events between August 1947 and January 1948 created an enabling climate for them to kill Gandhi.

Right to Privacy: ‘My priority is to balance competing interests’, says Data panel chief
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The apex court on Thursday called on the government “to examine and put into place a robust regime for data protection”.

Right to Privacy: ‘Verdict ensures everyone is born and dies with this right’
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

"This historic, unanimous judgment was triggered by the preposterous claim by the government that the “right to privacy” was not a fundamental right."

In balanced verdict, golden window for progressive reform everywhere
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

The Supreme Court verdict in the case, on the question of the amount of maintenance to be provided to a divorced Muslim woman, was overturned by Parliament through enactment of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986

How to Be More: 70 defining moments in Indian history
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Seventy moments that defined the journey of the world’s largest democracy.

The Urdu Press: Nawaz Sharif’s Exit
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

“It is being said that in Pakistan what the (military) establishment wants is done. The army there was not happy with the politics of Nawaz Sharif and his efforts for better relations with India. There has been slow progress in the legal action against other people whereas the judiciary showed extreme promptness in the matter relating to Nawaz Sharif.”

Hamid Ansari interview: ‘Idea’ of India being challenged with a certain frequency which makes me uncomfortable
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

As Hamid Ansari leaves office, he speaks to Indian Express on his two terms, the challenges he faced and those before the country.

Rhodes scholar to Carnatic singer, meet 4 young lawyers in privacy fight
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Prasanna believes that technology ruling lives can only be deemed as fair if it is “proveably so and nothing in Aadhaar has been able to convince me of that”.

Deeply saddened by events in Bihar: Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

The Opposition Vice-Presidential candidate added; “So if JDU MPs vote for me as a result of their own assessment of the option, that would be a sign of their independence from NDA in the national context.”

Pranab Mukherjee, the President who didn’t go beyond the copybook
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Pranab Mukherjee, India’s President till Tuesday morning has been in all senses a copybook one, with a keen sense of what is right, appropriate and proper in the Constitution.

Earlier, in Rashtrapati Bhawan: Scholar, Teacher, Scientist, Diplomat
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

After being elected as President of India, Kovind said, "I never aspired to be the President. My win is a message to those discharging their duties with integrity. My election as the President is an evidence of the greatness of Indian democracy.”

What we see in India is the difference between formal and real citizenship: Historian Vinay Lal
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

UCLA professor discusses recent lynchings in India, sees the state as 'somewhat thuggish'

Lynch mobs seem to know nothing will happen to them, they’re implicitly meeting approval from higher-ups: UCLA scholar
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

UCLA professor sees recent lynchings in India as decentralised but with an aspirational quality

Dalits going off welfare agenda, suggest falling Budget allocations
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Scavengers’ rehabilitation fund is down 100 times since 2013-14, BJP spokesperson says lower amounts are due to greater devolution to states

Scales of Love
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Director Feroz Abbas Khan adapts the epic Mughal-e-Azam into a musical, with elaborate stage sets and costumes, which has the scope of cinema and the soul of theatre

Unlike earlier, violence (against Dalits) now by community as a whole, says Sukhdeo Thorat
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Scholar speaks about persisting discrimination against Dalits, tells The Indian Express why he accepted Amdedkar Award with a ‘heavy heart’.

Ex-officials sign ‘petition’ against ‘majoritarianism’
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

The retired officials have questioned the idea that “those in authority should not be questioned”, and have expressed concern over “growing hyper-nationalism that reduces any critique to a binary: if you are not with the government, you are anti-national”

In Indira Centre for Arts, vision for ‘cultural reform’
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

IGNCA head says it is guided by tenure of former PM, denies thrust on single line of thought

Directive principle, not right: How cow protection became part of Constitution
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Seema Chishti traces history of Constituent Assembly debates leading to Article 48