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COVER STORY

06-09-2013

Personal laws

Personal laws

Briefing

Cover Story

Wresting rights

Sagnik Dutta Cover Story
Can the rights of an individual be curtailed by a minority institution for the purpose of maintaining arcane, regressive religious practices? The Supreme Court will answer this question when it takes up the Goolrukh case.

‘The panchayat is inconsistent’

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Interview with Goolrukh Gupta, the Parsi woman who petitioned the court seeking freedom to enter Parsi religious places.

Ends vs means

Cover Story
A recent judicial conclusion setting live-in relationships on a par with marriage stirs up a controversy.
Cover Story

Taking on patriarchy

In Tamil Nadu, there are Muslim women activists fighting on all fronts for gender justice.
Russia

A pause in ties

Vladimir Radyuhin World Affairs
U.S.-Russia relations are put in “cold storage” after Barack Obama cancels his summit with Vladimir Putin over the granting of asylum to whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Ends vs means

Cover Story
A recent judicial conclusion setting live-in relationships on a par with marriage stirs up a controversy.
Gujarat

In the name of development

Riding roughshod over farmers’ concerns, the Gujarat government notifies a project to develop the Mandal-Becharaji Special Investment Region, an industrial hub spread over 50,884 hectares, affecting 44 villages. But the villagers see it as a real estate scam and are determined to resist it.
Unmediated

Contemplative triptych

Sashi Kumar
THE ship of Theseus is as old as conundrums go, harking back to the vessel in which the mythic Greek slayer of the Minotaur sailed. The poser as it ...
Biotechnology

No to GM crops

General Issues
The Technical Expert Committee wants field trials of GM crops put on hold until gaps in the regulatory system are addressed.
Cover Story

Taking on patriarchy

In Tamil Nadu, there are Muslim women activists fighting on all fronts for gender justice.
Uttar Pradesh

Political axe

Politics
Communal polarisation is once again becoming the major political theme in Uttar Pradesh, and the suspension of the young IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal illustrates this.

Alternative fora

Cover Story
IN April 2011, the State of Gujarat saw the inauguration of its first Darul Qaza, or Sharia court. Launched with much fanfare by the All India Muslim ...

Inconsistencies in Special Marriage Act

Cover Story
THE Special Marriage Act, 1954, (SMA) aims to provide for a special form of marriage, its registration and for divorce. A marriage between any two ...

Inconsistencies in Special Marriage Act

Cover Story
THE Special Marriage Act, 1954, (SMA) aims to provide for a special form of marriage, its registration and for divorce. A marriage between any two ...
Cover Story

Personal laws: A reality check

ROHIT DE Cover Story
Fragmentation of religious authority, greater debate and dissent within communities, and increasing literacy and awareness among women have transformed the landscape of personal laws and made the old debate over a uniform civil code largely irrelevant.

Arihant’s advantages

The Nation
An important advantage of a nuclear-powered submarine is that it can lurk underwater for months on end unlike its conventional diesel-electric ...

Ambiguities and clarifications

R. Ilangovan Cover Story
Interview with Justice C.S. Karnan.

Urban invasion

Heritage
THE relentless pursuit of urbanisation has ensured that a few hundred Iron Age megalithic burial sites, which included menhirs, cairn circles, stone ...
West Asia

Hoping against hope

John Cherian World Affairs
The Palestinian Authority is entering another round of U.S.-orchestrated peace talks with Israel with little hope of real change on the ground.

Mugabe marches on

World Affairs
He wins a decisive victory as his promise of radical economic reforms in a country struck by Western sanctions renews hope among the unemployed youth.

Alternative fora

Cover Story
IN April 2011, the State of Gujarat saw the inauguration of its first Darul Qaza, or Sharia court. Launched with much fanfare by the All India Muslim ...

Inconsistencies in Special Marriage Act

Cover Story
THE Special Marriage Act, 1954, (SMA) aims to provide for a special form of marriage, its registration and for divorce. A marriage between any two ...

Inconsistencies in Special Marriage Act

Cover Story
THE Special Marriage Act, 1954, (SMA) aims to provide for a special form of marriage, its registration and for divorce. A marriage between any two ...
Cover Story

Personal laws: A reality check

ROHIT DE Cover Story
Fragmentation of religious authority, greater debate and dissent within communities, and increasing literacy and awareness among women have transformed the landscape of personal laws and made the old debate over a uniform civil code largely irrelevant.

Ambiguities and clarifications

R. Ilangovan Cover Story
Interview with Justice C.S. Karnan.

For equal laws

Cover Story
Women’s groups feel that there need not be any dichotomy between personal laws and uniform laws as long as the underlying principle is equality and non-discrimination.

Loss of livelihood

The Nation
SARTANBHAI BHARWAD HAJABHAI is not allowed to enter the land he once tilled. He is a Maldari, who are a pastoral nomadic community which has settled ...

‘We are happy farming’

The Nation
“WE have been writing letters but there has been no response. The biggest let-down is that these are the people we voted for. Now look what they have ...
Administration

Moving out of Kolkata

The Nation
FROM October 1, the seat of power in West Bengal will be shifted temporarily from the iconic Writers’ Buildings in Kolkata to the HRBC (Hooghly River ...
Legislation

In corporate company

The Nation
EVEN as India Inc celebrates the passing of the Companies Bill, 2012, by the Rajya Sabha on August 8 for the new era of corporate governance that it ...
Legislation

For pain relief

The Nation
Getting morphine and other opioids for palliative care involves cumbersome licensing procedures. The Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, or ...
Festival insurance

Revellers gain

The Nation
WHEN news broke of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) bizarre plan to insure Ganpati and Janmashtami revellers by using taxpayers’ money, ...
Environment

Problems with PCBs

The Nation
WHY are State pollution control boards (SPCBs) ineffectual? An analytical report, “Environmental Regulatory Authorities in India: An Assessment of ...
India & Pakistan

Hurdles to peace

John Cherian The Nation
The recent killing of Indian soldiers on the LoC and the strong reaction to this from India’s government and media, which see the hand of the Pakistan Army in the incident, make the resumption of bilateral peace talks difficult.
Jammu & Kashmir

Fragile peace

Shujaat Bukhari The Nation
An uneasy calm prevails in Jammu after a communal flare-up in Kishtwar, and vested interests are bent on taking political mileage out of the incident.
Defence

Critical feat

T. S. Subramanian The Nation
INS Arihant’s reactor, which has gone into operation, propels India into the exclusive club of countries that are able to build nuclear-powered submarines.

Ceasefire violations

The Nation
THE November 2003 ceasefire agreement was a landmark in the strained bilateral relations between India and Pakistan. It came after a long cycle of ...

‘These images have a great resonance across cultures’

Art
PABLO BARTHOLOMEW has delved into his photographic collection from the 1970s and 1980s to show “how integrated we were within the international ...
Photography

Shades of three cities

Set in the 1970s and 1980s, Pablo Bartholomew’s pictures of Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta trigger an unsettling experience of simultaneous joy and sorrow.
Photography

The soul of a city

Set in the 1970s and 1980s, Pablo Bartholomew’s pictures of Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta trigger an unsettling experience of simultaneous joy and sorrow.
Tibet

White Lama & ‘Tibet Land’

World Affairs
The American involvement in Tibet and the British role in achieving it.
United Kingdom

Targeting immigrants

HASAN SUROOR World Affairs
The government’s latest campaign against illegal immigrants leads to charges of racism and exposes the country’s hidden racial fault lines.

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