Kirti Bhargava | Author at https://www.outlookindia.com
With the decriminalisation of Section 377, kinship patterns among same-sex couples need to be viewed as a historical transformation, wherein the individual’s identity becomes the foundation for forging a sense of unity and belongingness with a totality, mediated by the symbolism of love and friendship.
While United Nations resolutions against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine were nothing more than lip service, the military support from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and humanitarian assistance from the United Nations (UN) has been critical to Ukraine’s defence and survival of war-ravaged communities in Ukraine.
Weather extremities such as cold wave conditions have a multifaceted impact on not just human lives, but the Earth's systems as a whole. The need of the hour is to ascertain, comprehend, and act upon each prong of the issue in order to really swim through the tough tides.
Several successive judgments have sufficiently drawn a distinction between 'blabbering' and 'healthy criticism' and have in fact backed the latter as means to promote fair, transparent, and just governance. While acknowledging their great power and great responsibility, the judiciary has urged restraint in the kind of restrictions imposed on public functionaries.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Sunday emphasized upon the need for a 'refresh' of the 77-year-old UNSC structures, noting that 'large parts of the world do not believe anymore that the UN system speaks fairly for them.'
It has been argued that the practice of Jallikattu is a key component of the cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu, and that it should be granted constitutional protection as a fundamental and collective cultural right under Article 29 (1) of the Constitution.
With a relaxation of the controversial policy, mass testing, mandatory hospitalization, blanket lockdowns etc. have been scrapped as Beijing moves to a 'living with the virus' approach. But experts have cautioned that the storm is far from over in China.
A solution to the boundary dispute continues to elude both sides despite 45 rounds of talks since 1960. This conflict has turned violent and even bloody at times, as seen during the 2020 Galwan valley clash and more recently, in Tawang on December 9.
The creation of sub divisions among Dalits based on financial status can ultimately lead to compartmentalization, turning the well-off Dalits into mute spectators in the revolution as opposed to possible role models, allies, and co-beneficiaries, which will ultimately weaken the Dalit revolution.
Revisiting the legal journey of Babri Masjid Ram Janmabhoomi dispute helps us to understand the transition of perceived truth through ages.
Open prison systems are premised on the Reformative theory of justice and advocate in favor of turning criminals into law abiding citizens without confining them. This standpoint highlights that man is sent to prison as punishment and not for punishment.
Sovereign space stations function as a country’s ‘eye from the sky,’ which enables round the clock monitoring of friends and foes alike. This has immense military applications as well as implications as nations run the race to establish independent space stations.
India’s stance on the conflict has shifted from a four-decades long pro-Palestine position to a careful balancing act, following the establishment of India-Israel diplomatic relations in 1992, described as a policy of 'De-Hyphenation.'
In striking a balance between the citizens’ rights over data and the entities’ duties with regards to data usage and processing, the bill has tried to address issues pertaining to data protection, compliance, right to erasure, cross-border flow, as well as strengthened penal provisions to enforce the rules.
At present, there is no such legislation that bans female genital mutilation in India. In fact, the government’s denial to acknowledge its prevalence has stalled any such effort.
Certainly, successive governments have made primary education the cornerstone of their policy formulation. But where do we stand today in safeguarding the children’s right to education and how fairly have our policies performed?
The Tripura election commission on Thursday asked the Brus to register as voters for the upcoming assembly elections in the state. Most Brus residing in Tripura today have suffered more than two decades of internal displacement, fleeing ethnic persecution primarily from the neighboring state of Mizoram.
Indian media has been passing through critical junctures since Colonial times. However, the new waves of attacks are redefining the meaning of press freedom.
Since Independence, vernacular journalists in India have been bearing the wrath of the state, sometimes for telling the truth and in other times just for not toeing the government line
While the upper-caste, upper-class elite sections of the community earn goodwill, name and fame in India and the world over, an overwhelming majority of Indians residing abroad still struggle to make ends meet in exploitative working conditions.
Perhaps beyond the political dividends that the sculptures hope to bear, the statue building spree is rooted in an assertion of power and dominance.
Green crackers are simply an ad-hoc band aid solution to the problem of pollution, for they only limit emissions by around 30-35%. In this regard, the National Green Tribunal has directed that green crackers shall, too, be only permissible in cities and towns where air quality is in moderate or poor category.
After Droupadi Murmu, India’s first tribal President, and Jharkhand’s former governor, was sworn into office, the tribes had rekindled hopes to fructify their long-standing demand to be enumerated as a distinct community under the nationwide census.
The anti-social spirit amongst caste-believers and practitioners is a deep-rooted malaise that has obstructed nation-building in the country.
Presently, there is no statutory backing for internal democratic regulation of political parties in India and the only governing provision is under Section 29A of the Representation of the Peoples’ Act, 1951.