Categories
Constitutional Law

How Free Should Free Speech be?

Ankita Amarnath Kamath Media trials have existed in India since the 20th century. Be it the 2008 Noida Double Murder case or in a more recent context, the investigations surrounding Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death – the role of mass media in shaping the opinion of the general public is undeniable. It is rightly […]

Categories
Policy

Virtual Courts: A Reality

Manan Daga & Siddharth Pankaj Tiwari India is going through  testing times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and almost every industry, institution and sector has been adversely affected. However, the employment of videoconferencing in court proceedings is proving to be a boon for the Indian judiciary. The Supreme Court was able to hear over 15000 cases […]

Categories
Policy

A Compelling Need to Protect Traditional Knowledge: A Game Theory Justification

Sakshi Jain & Adithya K S Introduction Traditional Knowledge (TK) means a unified collection of knowledge that has evolved and come into existence and has been preserved over the ages by the sustained effort of indigenous, local, or native communities passed on through generations, to such an extent. This sphere of knowledge becomes an undeniable […]

Categories
Taxation

Transparent Taxation– India Setting the Global Benchmark for Compliance Verification

Adesh Sharma & Saksham Shrivastav As the world adjusts to a faceless pandemic, India has introduced a major overhaul of its direct taxation regime by erasing physical interface along with jurisdictional boundaries and introducing a faceless tax assessment and appeals system in its place. On August 13th, the Prime Minister launched the new Transparent Taxation […]

Categories
Constitutional Law Rights Adjudication

State Performances of Nationalism in School Assemblies

Geeta Kanwar Introduction Can a state-owned educational institution mandate recital of shlokas from Hindu scriptures? This question has emerged in the recent petition filed by Advocate Veenayak Shah in the Supreme Court. The plea challenges the constitutional validity of Rule 92 of Revised Education Code of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (Education Code) as violative of Article […]

Categories
Constitutional Law

Who Blemished the Virtue of the Court? Bhushan or the Court Itself?

Amartya Sahastranshu Singh & Manish Kumar “Freedom is what freedom does and Justice fails when Judges quail” Justice V.R Krishna Iyer Prashant Bhushan’s two tweets on 27th June 2020 and 22nd July 2020 respectively, have shaken up the apex judicial institution of India. He posted tweets censuring the last four CJIs  for playing a leading […]

Categories
International Law

Annihilation of Democracy: Hong Kong’s National Security Law

Abhijeet Kashyap Introduction At a time when the whole world is facing the brunt of the deadly coronavirus, citizens of Hong Kong are facing the gravest form of human rights violation. Since mid-2019 the protests in the region have been in the media’s  spotlight across the world. These protests are nothing new for a nation […]

Categories
Coronavirus Policy

Circumvention of Right to Work by the Bar Council of India Rules in the Light of the COVID-19 Disaster

Abhiraam Shukla Introduction In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court reiterated that members of the Bar cannot earn their livelihood by any other means. The judgment was delivered during the suo moto proceedings in a case concerning financial difficulties being faced by lawyers, who are at a loss of work, amid the COVID-19 pandemic[1]. Time […]

Categories
Policy

India’s Data Protection Bill, 2019: Remedy to Privacy Plight or Beginning of Authoritarian State?

Siddhant Dubey & Umang Sethi In 2017, the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Justice K. S. Puttaswamy vs Union of India declared privacy as a fundamental right and endorsed the need for a robust legal framework in India concerning data protection.  Further, in 2018, the European Union enacted the General Data Protection […]