Several state governments in India have invoked provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to tackle the coronavirus pandemic that began in the March of 2020. Activists, journalists as well as public health experts and medical scholars have termed this colonial-era legislation as draconian and obsolete since it enables state excesses and does not outline a clear framework to tackle an epidemic outbreak. This essay explores the shortcomings of the existing act.
This article aims to show that shutdowns, suspensions or blocking of internet services are unconstitutional and go against the fabric of democracy when used frequently to silence the voices of the citizens.
For centuries, the burden of unpaid household work (UHW) has unequally been borne by our women. Kamal Hassan’s recently proposed to pay women for their domestic work. The idea originally comes from proposals by Western feminists to monetise household work but the cost of such labour is high in the west, unlike India. In this essay, I discuss the pre-existing economic value of unpaid household work and its seemingly inevitable incorporation into our national accounts in the near future.
The article explores how ancient ideas of hysteria and pain associated with women manifests itself in the biases against women in modern medicinal practice , both in terms of pain management as well as treatment for mental illnesses.
This article looks at the Marine Dispute between India and Sri Lanka, which has been continuing for decades now. A historical overview of the dispute is followed by the environmental implications of the same. The article then delves into the international agreements applicable to this dispute and the recent developments.
The school of thought that presumes an intimate relationship between Morality and Law is regarded as Naturalists with Lon Fuller as one of their key proponents. However, the position of the sovereign-state in Fuller’s conception of the law is undermined, and the severe Covid-19 Pandemic measures taken by different sovereigns have only established the ascendency of the state further. In this article, I try to engage with Fuller’s concept of the law through the lens of emergencies such as the pandemic and 9/11 and also analyse the concept of fluid moralities with respect to how states understand morals at the international and national level.
Contract farming, an existing practice has gained new resonance with the new bill that was introduced. Though a tool for progression, it is wrapped with a cover of uncertainty. This article attempts to share a few perspectives to understand the need and issues with contract farming based on past experiences.
This article analyses the Article 19(1)(b) of the Constitution of India and its exceptions, in light of the recent protests. Looking at all these protests it tries to establish how the recent year was a year of protests in India; and, why every citizen of the nation should be aware of rights provided by the Constitution of India.
This article looks through the journey of the United States of America in the action against climate change. It talks about how the change in the Presidential office over the past few years have affected the position of the USA in terms of their leadership in climate neutrality, as well as their stand in the fight against climate change. From President Obama, to President Trump, to now President Biden, we see a reversal in policies and rules when it comes to decisions pertaining to the environment, and its future.
For almost a hundred years, Bollywood has been a cinematic
representation of the various hierarchies and institutions in society. It is only recently that there has been debate about the positionality of women in the Hindi film industry. However, there is little to no dialogue around the portrayal of issues concerning women. This article aims to unpack the complexities in portraying issues such as domestic and sexual violence in cinema.
Trigger Warning- Sexual Abuse, Assault, Rape
This article seeks to critically analyse the POCSO amendment of 2019, focusing on the loopholes in the act, particularly critiquing the death penalty and finally looking at long term solutions to reduce child sexual assault.
This article looks at the rise of China and tries to understand the increasing apprehension against it. It analyses the transformation of China’s foreign relations with the world, especially the US and gives insights into what changed its behaviour. The increasingly manipulative role of China in global politics makes it important to understand its rise from an uncoloured perspective.