Tahir Mahmood

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

Articles By Tahir Mahmood

Minorities must repose trust in Constitution, majority must recognise them as equal stakeholders

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

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?

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

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

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

Custom vs law

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

No place for the IPC

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

The commission’s omissions

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

Prime Minister who was a poet

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

Commissions Of Inaction

National commissions are white elephants: Expensive and ineffective.

A Legend In His Lifetime

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

An untenable defence

In both religion and law, polygamy has no place.

In Bad Faith

Lingayats’ claim to ‘separate religion’ status is untenable

In the interest of justice

Failure of religious leaders made state intervention on triple talaq inevitable

The Liberty To Love

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

Articles Of Faith

Supreme Court’s places of worship ruling betrays a selective reading of constitutional provisions

All’s well that ends well

The Supreme Court has rightly struck down triple talaq. But it could have done so by simply reiterating its own sensible ruling in the Shamim Ara case

Ball in the Supreme Court

Triple divorce is neither fundamental to Islam, nor is it sacramental. It can’t be an enforceable civil right

Justice by law

Triple talaq will not be addressed by political rhetoric, trial by media or social boycotts. It will take strategic legislation to bring genuine reform

Faith And Its Limits

Religious freedom under the Constitution is conditional, open to state intervention.