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Republic of Hurt Sentiments

Sentiment, Politics, Censorship: The State of Hurt edited by Rina Ramdev, Sandhya Devesan Nambiar and Debaditya Bhattacharya; Delhi: Sage Publications, 2015, pp 324, `895.

Taking Free Speech Seriously

Offend, Shock, or Disturb: Free Speech under the Indian Constitution by Gautam Bhatia, Oxford University Press, 2016; pp 392, `653 (hardcover).

Working of the Supreme Court of India

The Shifting Scales of Justice: The Supreme Court in Neo-liberal India edited by Mayur Suresh and Siddharth Narrain; Orient BlackSwan, Hyderabad 2014; pp xxvi + 199, Rs 650.

V R Krishna Iyer: A Long Life in Law and Politics

I was 12 when I first heard of Krishna Iyer. It was a steamy Madras morning in July 1987. That day’s Indian Express announced that the retired judge would be the Opposition’s presidential candidate. He was to face R Venkataraman, the Congress (I) nominee. All of us knew who Venkataraman was. As the...

India's Constitutional Historian

A tribute to the American scholar Granville Austin who wrote two landmark books on the making and then working of the Constitution of India.

Beyond the Headlines of the 2G Reference Opinions

In the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 2G presidential reference case, there was something for everyone in the court’s opinions, prompting most parties to the proceedings to claim vindication.

Legality of Nuclear Weapons-Dilemma before the World Court

Dilemma before the World Court WHILE negotiations are on to formulate a Comprehensive Test B an Treaty (CTBT), and pressure is put on India to conform to its provisions, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is currently seized of twin requests for an advisory opinion regarding the legality of the use of nuclear weapons by a state in war, armed conflict or any other circumstance. The request for the opinion has come separately from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the General Assembly of the United Nations (General Assembly) and has been pending in the docket of the Court for the last three years. The issues involved in the matter are substantial and high stakes exist in the outcome of the case for many nations, particularly the current members of the nuclear weapons club and the countries aspiring to join them.
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