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Ashram Schools: Need for a New Approach

Incidents of rape, sexual abuse, and deaths of children persist in ashram shalas even more than a year after these were reported in these schools. The recurrence of such heinous acts underscores the lawlessness and impunity that prevail within tribal education programmes. A field study conducted in various ashram shalas in Maharashtra, analyses their conditions, and makes recommendations for future improvements.

Judicial Reform vs Adjudication of Personal Law

A keen understanding of the intricacies of the procedural aspect of personal law and internal hierarchies/fissures within the community in question need to guide our vision of judicial reforms. Considering the bias that exists in terms of class, caste, gender and religion in the implementation of law, one wonders what would be the real gains of bringing personal law more and more within the purview of the policing system. This article looks at cases brought by Muslim women to the Kanpur darul qaza seeking maintenance and/or divorce and finds that these women do not lack agency. They also approach different legal forums to resolve their personal and domestic issues.

All That He Wanted Was to Make That Film

Kundan Shah’s Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro went so far beyond ha-ha funny that it became, rather like the pivotal moment in its plot, some kind of instant snapshot of Bombay and the India, of that time. It captured something so gruesome that laughter became almost a last-resort action.

View from the Ground: Gujarat Elections Defy Easy Predictions

The results of the Gujarat assembly elections are definitely not a foregone conclusion, especially for the Bharatiya Janata Party. This article takes a nuanced look at the factors that will affect the final outcome on 18 December even as it carries voices at the ground level in the state in the run-up to the polls on 9 and 14 December.

The Courage to Challenge the Nuclear World Order

In July 2017, 122 countries adopted the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. To mark this historic achievement, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, in recognition of its work over the past decade to make this treaty possible. This article reflects on the nuclear disarmament activism that led up to the formation of ICAN and the new treaty, and the challenges this now poses to the nuclear weapon states.

Assam’s Population Policy, 2017

Assam’s 2017 Population and Women Empowerment Policy claims to have as its focusthe inclusive and sustainablewell-being of its population, rather than population control. However, it displays an overriding concern with population “explosion,” exaggerates the actual increase in numbers, and is suggestive of a targeted approach.

Cut Practice in Private Healthcare

The Government of Maharashtra had set up a committee to draft the Prevention of Cut Practice in Healthcare Services Act, 2017 to stop cut practice in the medical profession. In the last two decades, there has been rapid commercialisation of medical services which has led to cut-throat competition among doctors to attract patients for higher revenue generation. This article presents the views of doctors about different aspects of cut practice, such as its prevalence, trends and the ways to stop it.

GST Dispute Resolution Mechanism

The latest constitutional amendment to the Goods and Services Tax allows the gst Council to establish a dispute resolution mechanism that overlaps with the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. The global experience of non-judicial adjudication of administrative disputes suggests that the power of adjudication is incidental to the administrative function. The dispute resolution mechanism in its present form is deprived of the vital power to bind the state or central governments through an order. It cannot declare any statute that violates the harmonised structure of gst as illegal, which is a constitutional farce.

‘And We Grow Weary, Waiting for the World to Hear Our Cry’

A heartfelt appeal to the world’s conscience on climate change and what his country has suffered, this is the full statement of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, at the Joint High Level Segment of the 23rd meeting of Conference of the Parties and the Parties to the Paris Agreement. He spoke on 16 November in Bonn, Germany.

Education and Girlhood

The issue of “girlhood” rather than “girls” is tackled in an attempt to answer the question “What is education?” and the necessity for autonomy in education is considered. The Indian state’s psychological split between a tyrannical need for control and a benevolence towards its citizens is examined, which leads to an explanation of the diffi culty the state faces in engaging with the culture of girlhood. Finally, the hardships that girls experience with regard to education today are outlined.

Remedy Worse Than the Disease

Three steps—withdrawal of service guarantee legislation, harsh punishment of citizens who were forced to submit to coercion and extortion and paid a bribe for services due to them, and protection of bribe takers even from the investigation of corruption offences—when seen together are clearly unreasonable, grotesque and counterproductive.

Modernity and Meritocracy

The vision of a meritocracy is integral to modernity, resting upon principles of achievement, individualism, and the primacy of academic knowledge. Each of these is now debated, particularly the claim of individual contributions to merit. Among the four responses that are possible, a multifactor approach to social inequality in selection, social interventions, and institutional, academic support may actually be truest to modernity’s promise of freedom and fairness.


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