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In holding that advocates and lawyers cannot be sued in consumer courts, the Supreme Court has offered three reasons—the law was not intended to apply to professionals, lawyers are sui generis professionals, and lawyers actually are in a contract of service with their clients. This column brings attention to the contradictory approach of the Court on this matter.

The intersectional framework has been one of the most important contributions to feminist studies. It has since travelled outside the United States in the last three decades and has also gone through much development in India during this time. Along with other categories like sexuality and religion, it has rightly brought attention to Dalit women who were often overlooked in earlier conceptions and movements under feminist studies in India.

India’s urban areas have grown manifold over the years and continue to attract migrants and economic investments. However, governance has not kept pace with the changing needs. The promises of three major national political parties on urban governance and cities are examined to compare the different promises of change being made in this context.

Climate negotiators are a cynical bunch. Historically, “climate change” has been the purview of technocrats at environmental ministries. But without new money from their treasuries, they have met....

Over the past two decades, the Indian media industry has witnessed transformative shifts typified by the proliferation of media establishments and their corresponding audiences. The emergence of digital media has fostered a conducive environment for the proliferation of independent journalism. However, notwithstanding the opportunities presented by this landscape, numerous challenges persist until independent journalism attains its full potential.

Maamla Legal Hai is perhaps the first show in India to sympathetically represent the lives of lawyers, judges, and staff at the district court level in India. In doing so, it makes us question some of the established narratives of the legal profession and the justice delivery system, showing characters who rebel in quiet and not-so-quiet ways.

The constitutional procedure making the vice president the ex officio chairperson of the Rajya Sabha is enmeshed in a few legal incompatibilities (such as rank, salary, and combination of distinct capacities) and the dilution and debasement of democratic as well as federal credos (such as imposing others’ choices, ignoring endorsement from federating units, etc). Thus, the very provision demands a dispassionate relook.

The Supreme Court’s flawed and jurisprudentially unsound judgment in E V Chinnaiah (2005), which prohibited inter se reservations among Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities, looks likely to be overturned by a seven-judge bench in State of Punjab v Davinder Singh. However, this may turn out to be too late to have any transformational effect on social justice, given the shrinking of the state.

The changes that have been taking place with reference to the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) have been speedy and, at times, absurd. The changes happening to this platform since its acquisition, especially the loss of blue checkmarks for many notable personalities, in the context of India’s complex news media landscape are analysed in this article.

The Supreme Court’s judgment cancelling the remission of the convicts in the gang rape of Bilkis Bano, while being a resounding victory for the rule of law, civil liberties, and basic decency, is also an internal rebuke of the Court itself. The bench is unafraid to not only overtly criticise previous benches, which had paved the way for remission, but also other benches which pay mere lip service to constitutional values while acting contrary to the same.

The Zambian experience suggests that the prevailing international financial architecture aims to get bilateral creditors, in this case principally China, to carry the burden of a restructuring process which protects the interests of, and even favours, private creditors who leveraged cheap capital and rushed into the less developed country market in search of high yields.

The Government of Karnataka has launched the “Brand Bengaluru” initiative with a key aim to rebranding the city to ensure a safe and inclusive environment. Ironically, such initiatives are only flagbearers of capitalism, as the residents of the city are neglected and social inclusion is overshadowed in this initiative. Highlighting the necessity of an eco-socialist approach, it is important that we create an alternative system that is driven by inclusivity and social equity instead of elite consumerism.

In its judgment upholding the constitutional validity of the abrogation of Article 370, the Supreme Court makes two claims: a historical one arguing that Article 370 was meant to be “temporary” and an interpretive one arguing that Article 370’s text allowed its unilateral abrogation by the President of India. This column examines the two claims made in the judgment, looking to see if a firm basis for either is made out.