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The Disqualification Debate

Locating Rahul Gandhi’s “disqualification” within the legal-constitutional frameworks en­ables us to generate evaluative questions for thinking about constitutional democracy: What are the objectives of disqualification and how integral is it to achieving accredited and nor­mative standards of democracy?

Elections in a Pandemic

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the “legal exceptionalism” of election time must be examined to see the constraints that the pandemic places on the Election Commission of India, as well as the “special” responsibilities that it must discharge to ensure that procedural certainties are commensurate with a public health emergency. This article argues that the focus on the pandemic must not take our attention away from the larger concerns around the conduct of the commission and its implications for trust in the institution and electoral integrity.


The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Aporia of Citizenship

The 2003 amendment in the Citizenship Act provided the “hinge point” from which two contradictory tendencies, represented by the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the National Register of Citizens, emerged. First, a hyphenated citizenship associated with the NRC, which made citizenship contingent on conditions of descent specific to each state, and second, a national citizenship associated with the CAB which has made religion a principle of distinguishability in the creation of bounded citizenship. Paradoxically, these tendencies have become conjoined in the contemporary context, and coexist in a relationship of contradictory cohabitation.

The Promise of Citizenship

From ‘People’ to ‘Citizen’: Democracy’s Must Take Road by Dipankar Gupta, New Delhi: Social Science Press, 2017; pp xviii + 205, ₹ 650.


Ambivalence of Citizenship in Assam

The process of identifying "citizens" through the preparation of the National Register of Citizens for Assam, coupled with changes in the Citizenship Act, 1955 that apply specifically to Assam and allow for a "hyphenated" citizenship-- "Indian" and "Assamese"--continues to be troubled issues that have not abated since the 1980s.

Torture and Modern Liberal Democracy in the US and India

Transnational Torture: Law, Violence and State Power in the United States and India by Jinee Lokaneeta (New York and London: New York University Press), 2011; pp x, 293 [Reprinted by New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2012, pp 304, Rs 725 (hardback)].

Women's Representation:A Social History

A Constituency Suitable for Ladies and Other Social Histories of Indian Elections by Wendy Singer;

Overseas Indian Citizen

The provision for overseas citizenship along with other changes in citizenship rules introduced by the Indian government reveals a trend that reinforces cultural identity and principle of descent and blood ties as constitutive of Indian citizenship. While the provision for overseas Indian citizenship may offer an "opening up" of Indian citizenship through the introduction of extra-territoriality, it occludes a simultaneous "closing of ranks", with acquisition of citizenship through birth or by registration and naturalisation becoming more stringent.

Gender Dialectics in Colonial Transitions

in Colonial Transitions Exploring Gender Equations: Colonial and Post-Colonial India edited by Shakti Kak and Biswamoy Pati; Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, 2005;

Making Good Citizens : Teaching Fundamental Duties in Schools

A committee headed by Justice J S Verma constituted to examine the teaching of fundamental duties in institutions of learning submitted a comprehensive report in 1999. This essay examines the recommendations in the broad context of the ongoing debate on social science curriculum in schools, focusing on the manner in which some of the contested issues within citizenship theory have been explored.

Community, Women Citizens and a Women's Politics

The articulation of women as citizens in India was imbricated within a web of discourses of liberation and equality which made the national-political and religious-cultural communities the primary, and often contesting, sources of a person's identity as citizen. The primacy given to community membership, and the manner in which women were implicated in it, has had important ramifications for giving voice to women as citizens and for carving out a space for women's politics.

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