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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.

Rethinking DNA Profiling in India

DNA profile databases can be useful tools in solving crime, but given that the DNA profile of a person can reveal very personal information about the individual, including medical history, family history and so on, a more comprehensive legislation regulating the collection, use, analysis and storage of DNA samples needs included in the draft Human DNA Profiling Bill.

Restoring Fairness

Auction as the only method of alienation of spectrum, and other natural resources, is a dangerous trend. It could potentially result in ignoring the welfare and social orientation of many media and communication policies by narrowly interpreting public interest in terms of revenue maximisation and equality in terms of equal access to bidding, which is not the same as equal access to spectrum.

A Judicial Doctrine of Postponement and the Demands of Open Justice

The doctrine of "postponement" propounded by the Supreme Court with numerous safeguards against possible abuse is not quite immune to arbitrary interpretation. Indeed, it could well become an instrument in the hands of wealthy and influential litigants, to subvert the course of open justice.

India and the autumn of the African Patriarch

Ethiopia’s Meles Zenawi belonged to an elite club of African leaders who wielded enormous power at home, while commanding much respect abroad. These patriarchs are now well into the twilight of their careers and their withdrawal from politics, as Zenawi’s death shows, may be sudden and unexpected. Their ailing lives present a unique foreign policy challenge for India – that of protecting its high economic and political stakes in sub-Saharan Africa.

The "Ubiquitous" Bangladeshis

The identity-based politics of Assam remains entrapped within the contours of “cultural exclusivism”. The article analyses the oft forgotten char dwellers of Assam, who are the worst victims of a ubiquitous “indigenous-foreigner-minority” syndrome. When the hapless char dwellers migrate from the chars , they become the victims of discrimination. They are labelled as Bangladeshis or illegal immigrants from across the international border.

The Criminal Law ( Amendment) Bill 2012: Sexual Assault as a Gender Neutral Offence

The new Bill proposes to make sexual assault a gender neutral offence. This move and many other flaws makes a more rigourous discussion of the provisions of the Bill an imperitive before it is tabled in Parliament.

Transforming the University Teachers' Strike into a Movement for Democracy

Sri Lanka's Federation of University Teachers Association strike has crippled the state university system. The strikers' demands range from salary increases to an increase in state investment in the education sector. The strike is beginning to gain greater and greater public support as there is widespread recognition of the crisis in the education sector.

VS' Legacy and the CPI(M)'s crisis

VS Achuthanandan's disciplinary issues with his party should not detract from his legacy as a leader who enthused the Left sections of Kerala by taking up issues related to land use, agricultural labour apart from leading various other struggles in the near past. His legacy and the issues he has raised are even more important as his party faces a serious credibility deficit in the state of Kerala following recent events.

The Importance of Being Lakshmi Sahgal

Captain Lakshmi's death saw glowing tributes paid to her in the media, even as this was denied in the near past to other such towering women involved in the women's movement since Independence. What was it about her that evoked such admiration?

North Kerala and Democracy's Violent Demands

The vengeful violence between workers of the Left and Right in Kerala, the number of assailants and martyrs amongst them is then perhaps a tragic testimony to their success in generating communities marked by an impetus for homogenisation and held together by strong kin-like ties and shared symbolic logic.

'Manesar Workers are the Villains': Truth or Prejudice?

The events of 18 July in the Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki which ended with the murder of a manager were not a sudden conflagration. Anger at the plant had been building up for months over the management’s refusal to recognise an elected union; workers were increasingly frustrated over their inability to exercise their constitutional rights and the demand of equal pay for equal work was falling on deaf years. Rather than portray the workers as villains, managements in this industrial belt of Haryana have to ask themselves why they have not been able to develop a democratic industrial relations framework that can address the concerns of workers.

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