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The real problem with AFSPA is how a normal law can bypass constitutional safeguards

India does not need to look far to see how military power can undermine constitutional orders.
Young lawyers outside the Supreme Court

Bar Council of India’s discriminatory age cap on study of law is nonsensical 

The Bar Council of India's age limit discriminates against those hailing from underprivileged backgrounds.
Supreme Court of India

On ‘secret’ Rafale files, transparency trumps privilege & there’s legal precedent

Supreme Court has the chance to decide if a government can take shelter in outdated notions of ‘privilege’ when questioned over transparency.
File photo of Narendra Modi at a rally in Churu, Rajasthan | PTI

Updating election Model Code of Conduct is only way to keep national security out of rallies

While we protect our borders and soldiers, we must also safeguard our voters and their autonomy.
Supreme Court of India

Supreme Court has let down India’s disability rights movement

By dismissing an impaired lawyer's appeal, the Supreme Court has denied millions of Indians with disabilities a chance to enter the judicial process.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh | PTI

Why BJP and Congress love to hate sedition (till they come to power)

Every political party questions the wisdom of retaining the sedition law, but only when they are in opposition.
A view of Parliament building | Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Arrest of beggars, govt staff not allowed to protest — laws that India needs to repeal

From deeming begging a crime to a law that prevents government staff from protesting, archaic and redundant laws continue to remain on the statute.
People gather during Diwali celebrations in Delhi | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

This Diwali once again showed the ugly side of the urban middle class

The pollution this festive season shows the middle class is increasingly self-indulgent, with little regard for laws and rules.
File photo of a logo of CBI | Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Not just Narendra Modi govt, CVC and Supreme Court also to blame for killing CBI

With questions being raised about the integrity of the most senior officers of the CBI, what else can one say?  
The Supreme Court of India denies woman the permission to terminate her baby| Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Why so many Indian laws look good on paper but languish in real life

Power and efficacy of a law reside in beliefs held by ordinary people, including beliefs about other people’s beliefs. The big question that plagues developing economies like India is why so many laws that are so well formulated on paper languish without implementation. In India, the laws are often excellently drafted but they gather dust with not just the citizenry, but also the police, the magistrate and other functionaries of the state looking the other way. Trying to grapple with this problem of the non-implementation of laws, one is forced to also confront the obverse question: Why are some laws implemented so well? After all, the law is nothing but some rules on behaviour written down on paper. Why should some ‘ink on paper’ affect the way we behave? The core ideas of the modern discipline of law and economics, which is referred to as the ‘traditional approach’, emerged in the 1960s. Despite its...

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PM Narendra Modi | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

4 reasons why Modi remains in the hunt for a second term

Without these 4 factors, Modi & BJP’s fortunes would have been sunk by govt's dismal performance on the economy, jobs & reckless steps like demonetisation.
GoT

Did the last season of Game of Thrones let down its legions of fans?

Many Game of Thrones fans across the world have demanded a remake of the 8th season of Game of Thrones saying the script didn’t match their expectations.

Defence

After 10-year wait, defence ministry to grant ex-servicemen status to military nurses

Military nurses had been seeking to be treated at par with other military officers, including doctors.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?