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Faizan Mustafa

The writer is vice chancellor, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

It won’t be easy to bring Moscow to book over the Ukraine invasion
Mon, Apr 18, 2022

Faizan Mustafa, Utkarsh Leo write: Loopholes in international law will make it difficult to hold Russia accountable. Diplomacy and sanctions appear the better bet.

An Expert Explains | Hindus as minority: Govt’s affidavit is consistent with the Constitution
Wed, Mar 30, 2022

The Government of India's affidavit on Hindus as a minority in some states and Union Territories is consistent with the Constitution and Supreme Court judgments. Here is how

The problem with the Karnataka HC’s hijab ruling
Sat, Mar 19, 2022

Faizan Mustafa writes: It privileges discipline and control over liberty and diversity, exposes limits of essential practice doctrine

An Expert Explains: The issues in uniform civil code
Tue, Feb 15, 2022

The Uttarakhand CM has promised a uniform civil code for the state if BJP is voted back to power. A look at what the Constitution says about UCC, previous attempts to reform personal laws, and the way forward.

Why Pakistan’s blasphemy legislation has no basis in law or religion
Wed, Dec 08, 2021

🔴 Faizan Mustafa writes: Killing of Sri Lankan national in Pakistan highlights once again how the country's law must be reformed

A unidimensional view of history
Sun, Oct 10, 2021

RSS chief is right to blame the British for dividing Hindus and Muslims. History provides ample evidence that point to a complex relationship of give and take

Mohan Bhagwat is right: British are to blame for India’s Hindu-Muslim division
Sun, Sep 26, 2021

Faizan Mustafa writes: If RSS is interested in true nation-building, it should prevent ruling dispensation from continuing the colonial policy of divide and rule.

On Muslim population growth, Mohan Bhagwat is wrong
Tue, Jul 27, 2021

Empirical evidence and historical experience make it clear that it is economic development, or lack of it, that determines population growth rates – not religious identity

Are Mohan Bhagwat’s recent remarks a sign of moderation in Hindutva?
Tue, Jul 06, 2021

Faizan Mustafa writes: The RSS chief deserves appreciation for repeatedly saying that Muslims are equal citizens of this country.

Why the draconian sedition law must go
Fri, Jun 04, 2021

The Supreme Court, in 'Vinod Dua', has held that every journalist is entitled to protection from sedition as defined in the Kedar Nath judgment. A national consensus on the removal of the provision is called for.

Explained: Why Goa’s Civil Code is not as uniform as it is made out to be
Tue, Apr 20, 2021

Chief Justice of India S A Bobde recently appreciated the uniform civil code (UCC) in Goa, the only state to have one.

Explained: Quran case in Supreme Court, and the powers of judicial review
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

A PIL in Supreme Court has sought that 26 verses of the Quran be declared unconstitutional and non-functional. A look at the limitations of judicial review where a holy book is concerned, various aspects of the petition, the deeper context of the verses flagged by the petitioner, and a previous plea on the Quran.

Explained: After CJI’s remarks on Uniform Civil Code, a look at its status, debate around it
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

Article 44 of the Constitution lays down that the state shall endeavour to secure a Uniform Civil Code for the citizens throughout the territory of India.

Delhi Bill will sow the seeds of absolutism
Mon, Mar 22, 2021

If passed in its current form, the NCT of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 will strip the elected government of almost all its powers. It must be referred to a select committee and not passed in haste.

When PM Modi speaks at AMU today, he could underline his resolve to preserve, defend university’s character
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

Investment in the secular and modern education of minorities helps the nation in many ways.

Acquittals in Babri demolition case are a blot on CBI, it must be liberated from political influence
Thu, Oct 01, 2020

The judgment is controversial as the court has acquitted all the accused and held the demolition as spontaneous, for which no one except unknown anti-social elements must have been responsible.

An Expert Explains: The arguments for and against the three central farm laws
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

As Opposition and regional parties protest the contentious farm laws, now challenged in Supreme Court, engaging with the key question: Does the enactment of the laws violate the federal principle?

SC holds Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt: What the verdict means
Sun, Aug 16, 2020

The SC has held two tweets by lawyer Prashant Bhushan amount to contempt of court. Does this differ from previous rulings? How does it compare with the way other democracies have dealt with contempt?

Article 370 and Territorial Pluralism
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

As we celebrate the deity who gave up his throne to honour the promise made by his father, it may be time to adhere to the promise of federalism, autonomy that the Constitution made to Kashmir.

Rajasthan High Court’s interim order in Sachin Pilot case raises serious questions
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Let this case be used by the government to revisit the anti-defection law and legislatively remove its defects.

Verdicts seem more sympathetic to causes of Muslim women, than of Hindu women
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

In the privacy of home and the married life, neither Article 21 nor Article 14 have any place.” Fortunately, a few months ago, the apex court had agreed to revisit the constitutionality of the restitution of conjugal rights provision.

The US report on religious freedom in India calls for reflection
Mon, Jun 01, 2020

While the government was right at the diplomatic level to reject the report, the criticism ought to be seen as an opportunity to reflect on the state of freedom of religion in India.

Uddhav’s nomination to Council: Issues in Constitution, role of Governor
Wed, Apr 29, 2020

A situation in which an individual who is not a member of the legislature becomes chief executive of the government is in itself fairly common. What are the options for Uddhav Thackeray?

Minorities, too, are fed up with this facade of secularism
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

If we are really fed up with the separation model of secularism and want to adopt the jurisdiction model with India being declared a Hindu rashtra or giving Hinduism the status of dominant spiritual heritage, we must ensure that it brings with it genuine liberalism.

The Supreme Court has overlooked the gravity of the Delhi violence
Fri, Feb 28, 2020

Events in Delhi have taken a high toll. Apex court and government must act urgently to restore confidence, and to ensure that minority rights do not remain on paper.