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The New Land Settlement Act in Arunachal Pradesh

The social systems of the north-eastern hill tribal communities have remained deeply embedded in their unique land relations. The emerging political economy in the region—as manifested in the various infrastructure projects, urbanisation, cash crop plantations, etc—has, however, accentuated an onslaught on these customary land relations. The new Arunachal Pradesh (Land Settlement and Records) (Amendment) Act, 2018 has generated fresh apprehensions about further dispossession of the hill tribes.

New Reservation Policy

Is the reservation policy earmarking a 10% quota for the economically weaker sections of the “general category” empirically founded and justifiable? An analysis of 445 premier higher education institutions finds that this section of students already had about 28% of representation—that is, close to three times the proposed 10% quota—in these institutions in 2016–17. This finding raises questions as to the relevance and possible impact of the proposed policy.

Economic Nationalism in the US and India

The current governments of the United States (US) and India are both promoting economic nationalism strongly. In this article, based on our long-term ethnographic research in both countries, we compare the economic nationalist policies of the two and how these are related to the everyday lives of...

Reintroduction of the Asiatic Lion

The population of the Asiatic lion is confined only to Gujarat, and constitutes a single population that is vulnerable to extinction. In 2013, the Supreme Court directed that a second home be created for the Asiatic lion in Kuno–Palpur Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. However, no concrete steps have been taken in this direction.On the contrary, regressive policy changes have been carried out with the clear objective of undermining the Supreme Court’s judgment.

Mental Illness, Sentencing and the Death Penalty

A close look at the commutation of a death sentence to life imprisonment on the grounds of post-conviction mental illness yields a few legal observations on the reasoning for commutation. What makes post-conviction onset of mental illness a factor for commutation is not that the person is no more culpable, but that the mental illness in prison in addition to punishment is “punishment plus.”

A World of Migrants

Migration from North Africa is forced by the destruction of poorer nations by unfair trade policies and environmental crises. Refusal by the European and other advanced capitalist countries to acknowledge the root causes and own up to their responsibilities have blurred the line between life and death for migrants travelling through the Sahara to reach the Mediterranean.

Multipurpose Cyclone Shelters and Caste Discrimination

Dalits, who tried to seek shelter from the approaching Cyclone Fani in Odisha, faced humiliation and discrimination. While they were prevented from seeking protection during earlier natural disasters too, this time, young Dalits have been vocal about the injustice.

Women in the Law

In the recent years, the Indian judiciary has, without any doubt, helped women make significant strides in their long and hard struggle for an equal place in the law. However, it is important to reflect on how these decisions shape the discourse around women’s place as equal citizens, and what they may mean for future legal battles.

Continual Diminishing of the Aravalli Hills

The Aravalli range is considered the “lungs” of the polluted National Capital Region. The failure of Haryana and Rajasthan governments to rein in the miners despite the Supreme Court’s orders to preserve the hills, has resulted in severe degradation of the hills, causing many of them to vanish.

How Environment-friendly Are Election Manifestos?

Even as India is hit by an environmental crisis, manifestos and policies are paying lip service to growth at all costs, including the cost of environmental damage.

Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka

The terror attacks in Sri Lanka point to the fact that violent extremism has been spreading its tentacles, and has been breeding on existing sectarian fault lines,between the Sinhala Buddhists and the Muslims. This is a warning bell for majoritarian states in South Asia to recognise that internal conflicts are no longer internal, and that the rights, freedom and security of its minorities need to be safeguarded.

The Tuber of Contention

The controversy over PepsiCo’s filing of cases against potato farmers for growing a particular variety highlights issues beyond just legal rights. It can have far-reaching consequences for farmers’ rights under the law, seed sovereignty and even livelihoods.

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