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Monday, October 25, 2021

Tahir Mahmood

The writer is distinguished jurist chair and professor of eminence, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Amity University.

Flawed understanding of triple talaq law is leading to its misuse
Sat, Jan 09, 2021

The facts of the case show that the Act is being as gravely misunderstood as was, and still is, the true Islamic law on divorce.

All states must be brought into the mainstream of family laws
Thu, Oct 29, 2020

There is no justification for keeping some chosen groups of Indian citizens perpetually tied down to family laws based either on outdated foreign laws or on archaic local customs.

Ending discriminatory practice of triple talaq was a much-needed reform
Thu, Aug 27, 2020

The impression that the Act has repealed the Muslim law on divorce by husbands in its entirety is not correct. Its provisions are restricted in their effect to talaq-e-bidat, the two forms of which have been mentioned above.

Nation is tired of mandir-masjid debate, let’s use this moment for a fresh start
Mon, Nov 11, 2019

The nation is indeed tired of the sickening mandir-masjid dispute which has been perpetuating communal tensions and shattering social harmony. We must now avail whatever chance the Court has provided to bury the hatchet and hope for sustaining bonhomie in future.

Invoking God in school and college songs, in any language, does not violate any law of the country
Tue, Oct 22, 2019

Does a prayer become objectionable because it is in Urdu, because God is invoked as Khuda and Allah?

SC’s example of Goa as a state with a Uniform Civil Code is inconsistent with Article 44
Wed, Sep 18, 2019

What is the sense in retaining an archaic law of foreign origin in certain national territories, 58 years after their assimilation into the nation?

Ram Jethmalani was feared and respected for his candour on political matters
Tue, Sep 10, 2019

For those interested in hearing from the horse’s mouth the story of Ram’s successes and failures, he has left behind two books, which are partly in the nature of memoirs. The first of these, curiously titled Conscience of a Maverick, was published in 2007. Seven years later, to counter criticism, he wrote another book, Maverick Unchanged, Unrepentant.

Reforming the Law Commission: Govt should enshrine in law, the composition, tenure, functions and work procedure of the panel
Thu, Aug 29, 2019

It should be a predominantly jurists’ commission, not a retired judges’ collective with a sprinkling of legal scholarship and jurisprudential expertise.

Change without reform
Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Cleared by Parliament, the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill 2019 does not further empower the NHRC, ignores need for structural changes.

Settling Ayodhya
Fri, Jul 12, 2019

Parties to the dispute should reach a compromise and resolve not to let the unpleasant history repeat itself elsewhere.

Minorities must repose trust in Constitution, majority must recognise them as equal stakeholders
Mon, May 27, 2019

The rulers of the day, basking in the glory of an unprecedented electoral victory, and their ardent admirers, must realise that the 250 million-strong minorities of India are equal citizens of the country. They are as patriotic as the one billion-strong majority.

Forcing a woman to adhere to purdah system is unconstitutional, so is dragging one out of it
Thu, May 09, 2019

The ban on face-covering in Sri Lanka is a precautionary security measure and the Kerala educational organisation’s circular prohibiting the practice — notably, issued before the Sri Lanka incident — is an admirable attempt to put the record straight on the Quranic injunction concerning women’s dress.

Has the exploitation of religious sentiment for votes been normalised?
Fri, Apr 12, 2019

Has communal electioneering become an inseparable characteristic of Indian politics? Are we, the citizens of secular India, to perpetually bear with it?

No More Opium, Please
Mon, Mar 11, 2019

It is time to thank God for services provided and jettison the concept.

Decades after assassination, Gandhi is still reviled for his commitment to secular India
Fri, Feb 08, 2019

Over seven decades after his assassination, Gandhi is still reviled for his commitment to a secular India.

Custom vs law
Fri, Oct 26, 2018

In Sabarimala, apex court could have been cautious in applying constitutional ideals

No place for the IPC
Fri, Oct 05, 2018

Supreme Court holds adultery, marriage to be civil matters. Shouldn’t this hold for triple talaq?

The commission’s omissions
Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Law panel’s recommendations on personal law are selective, ill-judged.

Prime Minister who was a poet
Tue, Aug 21, 2018

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s poems are a part of his legacy that must not be ignored.

Commissions Of Inaction
Wed, Aug 08, 2018

National commissions are white elephants: Expensive and ineffective.

A Legend In His Lifetime
Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Till the end, Justice Rajinder Sachar spoke up for the rights of fellow citizens

An untenable defence
Thu, Apr 05, 2018

In both religion and law, polygamy has no place.

In Bad Faith
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Lingayats’ claim to ‘separate religion’ status is untenable

In the interest of justice
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Failure of religious leaders made state intervention on triple talaq inevitable

The Liberty To Love
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

In light of Hadiya case, freedom to marry who you want must be a fundamental right