The writer is chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the PM. Views are personal.
Archaic laws, more recent state legislation do not address the most important issue: What should their role be?
Many give false evidence under oath, but complex laws and reluctance to initiate proceedings make prosecution a rarity.
When it was enacted, Section 377 was lenient compared to its predecessors
There is little data in India on the number of bee colonies and bee-keepers, or the honey produced.
Bengaluru municipality’s new pet licensing laws are beset by the familiar failing of public policy — confusion and multiplicity of objectives
The Legal Information Management and Briefing System aims to improve Union government’s handling of cases. Its data can also be used to reduce litigation, declog the judicial system.
Eighteen to sixty-four should be the age range of the working population factored into policy, since enrolment in senior secondary school is rising.
Debate around terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission ignores the evolution of constitutional mechanisms for devolution of public finance.
It is meaningless to seek clear and present evil in the Mahabharata, where every incident offers a conflict of dharma. There is no black or white
Attempts to legislate schemes akin to Universal Basic Income failed in 18th and 19th century England. In China, too, they haven’t succeeded.
The price of the precious stone has little connection to its use value or marginal utility.
But sparrow numbers are falling with changes in urban spaces.
State’s decision to evolve a uniform employment code is laudable. Done right, it could serve as an example for labour law reform across India
The approach to making buildings friendlier for persons with disabilities has been limited and perfunctory.
Amending Indian Forest Act to have it classified as a grass is a welcome step. But there is still clutter and contradiction in India’s forest laws.
Many redundant laws have been repealed. But much of the deadwood waits to be removed, especially in states.
Making sense of court judgments should not be the daunting exercise that it so often is.
Its report talks about ‘forced marriages’. Its methodology fails to delineate the concept, yielding questionable data.
Draft rules in subordinate courts have either not been adopted or are not implemented in the right context.
Despite problems with the methodology of the rankings, India’s 30-spot jump in World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators is remarkable.