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COVER STORY

25-09-2020

Criminal Law Reforms September25

Analysis of the need to form a committee to reform criminal law.

Briefing

Authoritarian State and Criminal laws

Hidden agenda behind criminal law reforms?

Kirti Singh Cover Story
The urgency to start work on criminal law reforms in the time of a pandemic, without adequate engagement with the marginalised and other groups that are impacted by unjust laws, has made legal experts suspect an agenda to bring in laws that favour an increasingly authoritarian state.
Interview: Ranbir Singh

Ranbir Singh: Reforms were long overdue

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Interview with Professor Ranbir Singh, Chairperson, Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws.
Interview: Dushyant Dave

Dushyant Dave: Laws must provide out-of-box solutions

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Dushyant Dave, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
Political context

Manu for modern times

Attempts at criminal law reforms are part of the Sangh Parivar’s long-term and sustained agenda of bringing about a paradigm shift in the popular perspective on nationhood. It wants the criminal law system to be moulded on the lines of the Hindutva treatises of governance.
Gender Issues

When to wed: Raising the minimum age of marriage

The government has proposed increasing the age of marriage for girls to 21, but there are fears that this will circumvent more pressing issues relating to the welfare of girls and young women.
Interview: Dr Bevinje Srinivas Kakkilaya

Dr Bevinje Srinivas Kakkilaya: Lockdown created unnecessary fears

Interview with Dr Bevinje Srinivas Kakkilaya, consultant physician who writes regularly on issues of public health.
Communalism

Tablighi Jamaat: Vindicated, finally

Ziya Us Salam The Nation
The recent High Court verdicts ordering the quashing of cases filed against members of the Tablighi Jamaat under the IPC and the Epidemic Diseases Act will hopefully also mark the end of the vilification of India’s largest Muslim organisation.
COVID-19: Government's statistics

COVID management: Hollow claims by the government

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Statistics belie the government’s self-congratulatory proclamations on the management of the COVID crisis in India.
Interview: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Poonam Khetrapal Singh: The pandemic is far from over

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Interview with Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, World Health Organisation, South-East Asia.
Diary from Trumpland

U.S&China: A hybrid war

Vijay Prashad World Affairs
The Donald Trump administration’s tactics of intimidation against China, including threats to expel Chinese tech companies and the deployment of warships in the South China Sea, have only prompted retaliation in kind from China.

A marvel in marble

The Ranakpur temple, a three-storied structure built in 1436, stands out from other temples in Rajasthan not for its grandeur but for its 1,444 luminescent marble pillars, each exquisitely and intricately carved from the base to the roof.
INTERVIEW: DAVID REICH

David Reich: Harappan ancestry is the single largest source population for almost all people in India today

G.N. Devy Heritage
Interview with David Reich, Professor at the School of Medicine, Harvard University.

Ranakpur temple: Magic in marble

The Ranakpur temple, a three-storied structure built in 1436, stands out from other temples in Rajasthan not for its grandeur but for its 1,444 luminescent marble pillars, each exquisitely and intricately carved from the base to the roof.
COVID-19

COVID-19: A chain of blunders by the Central government

R. Ramachandran The Nation
The Centre’s top-down approach to COVID-19 and its exercise of control on the release of data to the public domain have led to flawed strategies and mismanagement in the battle against the pandemic.
Reservation

For equity within castes

Ilangovan Rajasekaran Social Justice
A five-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, by recognising that a creamy layer exists within the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, upholds the right of State governments to sub-categorise backward classes and to extend reservation benefits to the more needy among them.

In Tamil Nadu it is AIADMK vs AIADMK vs BJP

Fissures within the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu come to the fore, with its leadership differing on the strategy for the Assembly elections next year and on issues of governance amid the BJP’s attempts to get a toehold in the State.

Unravelling India’s growth impasse

C.P. Chandrasekhar
While the pandemic has damaged the economy, the Central government’s failure to address the pre-pandemic recession and its tepid response to the COVID-induced shock to the economy had a role to play in putting the nation in the predicament it is in now.
Jammu & Kashmir

Political parties rallying forces again in Kashmir

The August 22 declaration of six mainstream political parties represents the first major exhibition of resolve on their part to come together and leverage their political strengths and advantages and use their combined platform to take on New Delhi’s ideologically driven agendas in Kashmir.
Authoritarian State and Criminal laws

Hidden agenda behind criminal law reforms?

Kirti Singh Cover Story
The urgency to start work on criminal law reforms in the time of a pandemic, without adequate engagement with the marginalised and other groups that are impacted by unjust laws, has made legal experts suspect an agenda to bring in laws that favour an increasingly authoritarian state.
Interview: Ranbir Singh

Ranbir Singh: Reforms were long overdue

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Interview with Professor Ranbir Singh, Chairperson, Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws.
Interview: Siddhartha Dave

Siddhartha Dave: The ideal thing to do is to scrap the committee

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Siddhartha Dave, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court.
Criminal Law Reforms

Dangerous haste to reform criminal law

The Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws has adopted measures that raise serious concern about its rigour, and its haste to rush through its mandate will have long-lasting consequences for the criminal justice system.
Interview: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Poonam Khetrapal Singh: The pandemic is far from over

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Interview with Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, World Health Organisation, South-East Asia.
COVID-19

COVID-19: A chain of blunders by the Central government

R. Ramachandran The Nation
The Centre’s top-down approach to COVID-19 and its exercise of control on the release of data to the public domain have led to flawed strategies and mismanagement in the battle against the pandemic.
Jammu & Kashmir

Political parties rallying forces again in Kashmir

The August 22 declaration of six mainstream political parties represents the first major exhibition of resolve on their part to come together and leverage their political strengths and advantages and use their combined platform to take on New Delhi’s ideologically driven agendas in Kashmir.
Interview: Ranbir Singh

Ranbir Singh: Reforms were long overdue

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Interview with Professor Ranbir Singh, Chairperson, Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws.
COVID-19 UPDATE

Kerala: Bracing for the worst

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
In Kerala, hundreds of people are getting infected daily through local transmission, infection from unknown sources has increased manifold, and the government is warning against complacency.
COVID-19 Update

Karnataka: Open season

Karnataka registers more COVID cases following the ramping up of testing and removal of most of the restrictions.
COVID-19 Update

Uttar Pradesh: Resilient farmers

In August, Uttar Pradesh recorded its highest spurt in cases and the government seems clueless about how to handle it, but the people, especially farmers, are learning to cope in surprising ways.
Covid-19 Update

Andhra Pradesh & Telangana: Relentless rise

Ravi Sharma The Nation
While Andhra Pradesh becomes the second State, after Maharashtra, to have the largest number of COVID cases, Telangana pays the price for its government’s flawed initial strategy.
Exams&the pandemic

UGC's guidelines to conduct university exams: Test of the times

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
The Centre’s decision to hold final-year examinations amid the raging pandemic displays a complete lack of sensitivity to students’ concerns, the digital divide and the spiralling cases.
COVID-19 Update

Delhi: Double blow

Divya Trivedi The Nation
The Delhi administration carries out a demolition drive in the slum clusters even as COVID-19 cases and containment zones rise sharply again in the National Capital Territory.
COVID-19 Update

Rajasthan: Time lost in tussle

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Rajasthan prepares for an effective strategy to contain the infection, which has spread to almost every part of the State.
COVID-19 Update

Maharashtra: Opening up slowly

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
In a bid to prevent a second wave of infection, the Thackeray government proceeds with caution in easing lockdown restrictions.
COVID-19 Update

Tamil Nadu: Fears of a second wave

R.K. Radhakrishnan The Nation
The level of infection in the State is still high but with more establishments and businesses opening up in Unlock 4.0, the situation is likely to go out of control.

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