The writer is vice chancellor, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
Shared identity is at the core of citizenship. The framers of our Constitution and those who enacted the Citizenship Act in 1955 believed in citizenship as a unifying idea. Today, citizenship is being used to divide people and treat people of certain religious persuasion as inferior.
Sabarimala verdict: The majority of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Khanwilkar and Malhotra has held that the correctness of the essential practices test is to be examined by a larger Bench.
The Supreme Court has tried to please everyone in its much awaited judgment on the property dispute in Ayodhya.
A judge should ideally recuse from a proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned due to the possibility of personal bias or prejudice or if he has been a lawyer or judge in the matter at some stage.
Foreigners’ Tribunals, set up to adjudicate citizenship disputes in Assam, need strict judicial supervision, must be freed from government control.
The Supreme Court has recalled its 2018 directions that diluted certain provisions of the SC/ST Act. What were these provisions, and under what circumstances does the court review its own rulings?
Recent observations by the Supreme Court have put the spotlight back on the debate over a Uniform Civil Code. What would such a Code seek to achieve, and what have been the arguments for and against it?
We need to examine some highly contentious issues about our reservation policies: How far have the benefits percolated down the ladder? Has an elite within the SCs/STs monopolised all the benefits of reservation? Should we extend the exclusion of the creamy layer to SCs/STs as well?
Citizenship can be determined by place of birth or by bloodline. There are cutoff dates for the country, which are different for Assam where the NRC is being prepared. A look at how the laws have evolved.
Constitutionalism tries to limit the power of constitutional authorities through doctrines such as rule of law which, as opposed to rule by law, ensures equality before law, equal protection of laws to all and non-arbitrary exercise of power.
Jammu and Kashmir has lost its special status, and reduced to two Union Territories. What is the history of Partition and accession to India that has been overturned? What are Articles 370 and 35A, that were supposed to define the special status of the state?
Criminalising triple divorce violates the first principles of criminal jurisprudence, will be counterproductive
Unlike men, women in Islam do not have a religious obligation to offer the Friday or five daily prayers in mosques. But all mosques should have a designated place for women
Among the factors taken into consideration were the question of backwardness, and justification of taking total reservation beyond 50%. How Bombay High Court judgment addressed these and other issues
Muslims are not headed for a bleak future. They should welcome PM’s resolve of winning over their trust.
Supreme Court has upheld a Karnataka law that provides for seniority as a consequence of promotion via reservation. The past arguments around this, and how SC has settled the debate on ‘efficiency’ in Art 335.
The Election Commission has invoked its powers under Art 324 to curtail campaigning in West Bengal following violence in Kolkata. What powers does the Constitution give ECI; how has SC interpreted Art 324?
N R Madhava Menon’s work and worldview has created a lasting legacy, will continue to inspire legal professionals.
As SC battles fallout of allegations against CJI, understanding the key questions around ‘misbehaviour’ by judges, the protection they need against accusers, and judicial independence and accountability
The party has promised to ‘deliver’ several interventions in the judiciary. An analysis of some key points.