The Apocalyptic Saga of the Kangaroo Island

As bushfires rage through the Australian continent, desertifying many metric hectares of land mass, killing humans and millions of wild animals, destroying properties worth millions of dollars, a dawn of impending climate change risk is upon us. Climate change risks have never looked so tangible and direct, be it the massive fires in the Amazon … Continue reading The Apocalyptic Saga of the Kangaroo Island

Abrogation of Article 370 and the Dissent it Kindled

In the past one month, we saw massive protests engulfing the entire country against the Citizenship Amendment Act passed by the Parliament. Consequently, there were internet shutdowns all across the country to quell these protests. India became the country with the most internet shutdowns in the world because of this and came to be called … Continue reading Abrogation of Article 370 and the Dissent it Kindled

A Right to Mask?

The Hong Kong High Court has recently ruled the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation (PFCR), the so-called ‘mask ban’, unconstitutional. The ban, which was enacted by the Chief Executive in Council, aims to suppress months-long protests sparked by the Extradition Bill that allows the Hong Kong Government to extradite suspects at the request of Beijing. … Continue reading A Right to Mask?

Freedom of Expression in Myanmar: Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law

In November 2019, a court in the Botataung Township in Myanmar handed convictions against six members of a satirical Thangyat troupe. Six members of a troupe named Peacock Generation Thangyat were sentenced to a year in prison for allegedly mocking Myanmar’s armed forces through their live-streamed performance. Thangyat is one of the oldest forms of … Continue reading Freedom of Expression in Myanmar: Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law

Dissecting the vires of the Supreme Court decision on the Office of Chief Justice being a Public Authority

The Bench On November 13, 2019, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court comprising the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi (as he then was), Justices N.V. Ramana, D.Y. Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, delivered the judgment on the applicability of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 on the office of … Continue reading Dissecting the vires of the Supreme Court decision on the Office of Chief Justice being a Public Authority

Pakistan: A State in the Army’s Shadow

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan, assumed office on November 29th, 2016. The COAS in Pakistan has a set term of three years. Accordingly, General Bajwa was set to retire on November 28, 2019.  On August 19th, the Pakistan PMO notified via a press release bearing official number PMO/3232/SPM/19 undersigned by … Continue reading Pakistan: A State in the Army’s Shadow

Constitutional Frauds

“We the People of India give to ourselves this Constitution” Constitutionalism entails putting limitations on the organs of the state. It avoids the threat of an authoritarian regime by determining who can rule, how, and for what purposes. With the resignation of Devendra Fadnavis, the people, the Constitution has triumphed. There could be no better … Continue reading Constitutional Frauds

Human Rights Weekly Round-up | October | Week 4 | 2019

The Jammu and Kashmir government orders winding up of the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), State Information Commission (SIC) and State Commission for Protection of Women & Child Rights (SCPWCR) with effect from October 31 this year so that new commissions can be set up in the state. Click to Read – Times of … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up | October | Week 4 | 2019