Role of CBFC: Challenging the Censors

“Process is the punishment” Actor-director Amol Palekar’s petition in the Supreme Court raises some crucial questions about the functioning of the CBFC. He had also challenged certain provisions of the 47-year-old Cinematograph Act. He spoke to Usha Rani Das. Excerpts: The CBFC has become a censorship body rather than a certification body. How did this […]

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Death Penalty: Zero Tolerance for Child Rape

Illustration: Anthony Lawrence In an attempt to stem this horrendous crime, the state government has tabled a bill to award capital punishment to those convicted of raping girls 12 years and below ~By Rakesh Dixit in Bhopal Among all the Indian states, Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of rapes. In an attempt to instil […]

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The Tibetan Question

Above: Dharamsala is home to Tibetans, many of whom migrated in 1959-60. Photo: UNI In a progressive judgment, the Delhi High Court said passports cannot be denied to Tibetans living in designated Tibetan refugee settlements ~By Rajesh Kumar Are Tibetan refugees living in India entitled to Indian passports? Tibetans have been living in India since […]

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Sports Administration: The Legal Dribble

Above: FIFA president Gianni Infantino (extreme left) with AIFF president Praful Patel (in blue shirt) and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the FIFA U-17 World Cup final in Kolkata. Photo: UNI A Court verdict saved the face of the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Gnawing worries remain but more importantly, the Court has tried […]

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Choking to Death…

Above: Vehicular traffic crawling on the Agra-Delhi National Highway due to the dense smog. Photo: UNI Year after year, Delhi-NCR region suffers from the deleterious effects of smog due to wrong policies on vehicular traffic, garbage disposal and stubble burning, leading to an environmental emergency ~By Ramesh Menon As air quality in Delhi and surrounding […]

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Consensual Sex Vs Rape: Defending Her Honour

In a landmark case that will help rape victims, the Delhi High Court said that the silence of a woman cannot be taken as proof of consensual sexual relations ~By Vinay Vats Although the #MeToo hashtag has caught on and more and more women are retweeting it, it is debatable whether it will make a […]

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Herbicide-Tolerant Cotton: Dangerous Fluff

An unapproved variety of cotton is grown extensively in India and proves that governments have scant regard for intellectual property and the rule of law. It may be too late to take on the farmers now ~By Vivian Fernandes India’s approval process for genetically-modified (GM) crops is so tight and politically rigged against trait developers […]

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Celebratory Firing: A Father’s Tragic Fight…

A tea vendor who lost his daughter to such festivities appeals to the Court to ban them and fix liability for such incidents ~By Lilly Paul The WhatsApp status of Shyam Sunder Kaushal is poignant: “I miss you a lot my child.” For this tea vendor, his daughter was his life. But on April 16 […]

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Two rape verdicts: The march backwards

Above: Red Brigade members on dharna in Lucknow, demanding steps to check violence against women. Photo: UNI Two recent judgments came in for criticism as references were made to the character of the victims and the lack of a definite “no” from their side to give relief to the accused, thereby setting back progress made […]

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AgustaWestland Chopper Deal: The Matrix of Bribery

The Delhi High Court’s refusal of bail to Shivani Saxena shines the light on a high-flying Dubai-based couple allegedly involved in the VVIP chopper scam Why would a man who drives a customised 458 Ferrari Spider, has a luxury apartment in the Emirates Crown building in the upscale Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, and heads a […]

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