Compensating the Victims of Crime – Published in Millennium Post

Monetary compensation should be given to victims of the criminal justice process In a modern constitutional democracy, the criminal justice process is the responsibility of the government. This process encapsulates everything from the involvement of police to the date of registration of crime till the conclusion of a criminal trial by court. Ordinarily, in the […]

Poll Manifestos are Mere Promises – Published in Millennium Post

The election manifesto should be an enforceable social contract between political parties and citizens. The political manifesto or its idea thereof has a long history. As early as 1848, the Communists released their manifesto; in 1850, the Anarchists, believing in a stateless society, released their manifesto. Then it was the Fascists who issued the Manifesto […]

Conversion, re-conversion and its limit! – Published in Millennium Post

How can the RSS and its affiliates establish markers of Hindu religious identity, and promote re-conversion, when they are not in consonance with the understanding held by a majority of people from their own faith? The concept of belonging to a particular religion or identity in a diverse country like ours has been a contentious issue. […]

Fighting Old Battles With New Tricks – Published in Millennium Post

The issue of ‘Love Jihad’ has drawn attention of many activists, academicians and lawyers and everyone who has taken a stand. Recently, two different views were published in one leading national daily, one after another. Madhu Kishwar wrote justifying the existence ‘Love Jihad’ and opined that ‘the angst about ‘love jihad’ has to do with surreptitious […]

Control, Alter and Encounter – Published in The Millennium Post

The Supreme Court, speaking through the Chief Justice of India, has laid down the norms, which will certainly create accountability on the police personnel involved in the killing of civilians in encounters. This is an another example where the Indian executive and legislature have failed despite recurring and repetitive grievances from the citizens and civil society […]

Curious Case of Hobby Lobby – Published in Millennium Post

Few weeks before, a nine-judges’ bench of the Supreme Court of the United States took a view on the issue as to whether a for-profit business corporation can take the plea of violation of religious freedom and belief for not complying with the contraceptive mandate coverage for women under the medical insurance flowing from the Patient […]

Separate Law Needed for Organized Violence – Published in The Milli Gazette

One of the chapters of our Constitution makes certain duties “obligatory” and “fundamental”. These duties have put the citizens under certain obligations towards the Nation and Society. These duties include: duty to develop scientific temper, protect rich heritage and composite culture, environment, National Flag etc. This is different from the Chapter of Fundamental Rights wherein […]

Fatwa and Problem of Perception – Published in The Millennium Post

If a formal opinion is sought from an Islamic scholar, competent to issue such opinion, on an Islamic issue that may be understood as a ‘fatwa’. To put it more succinctly, it’s the formal opinion given on a judicial or legal question to understand the legal position as per Islamic law. It is like an […]

Minority Question: Is Heptulla Right or is Antony? – Published in India Today

AK Antony of the Congress and Najma Heptulla of the BJP, and the current Minister for Minority Affairs, have both made statements in the last one month about minorities, mainly inferring to Muslims. Heptulla said, “Muslims are many to be called minority, it’s Parsis, who need special attention”, adding “I am not in favour of […]

Legal Notes: Can the State Impose the Medium of Instruction? – Published in The Milli Gazette

Recently the Supreme Court examined the legality of fixing the medium of instruction at the primary level. In a country, like ours, where mother tongues are innumerable, whether the executive can bind the children to a particular medium of instruction in his primary education either in his mother tongue or in a particular regional language? […]

Trial of Akshardham Attack Exposes Criminal Justice – Published in The Milli Gazette

“…we intend to express our anguish about the incompetence with which the investigating agencies conducted the investigation of the case of such a grievous nature, involving the integrity and security of the Nation. Instead of booking the real culprits responsible for taking so many precious lives, the police caught innocent people and got imposed the […]

Secularism & Muslims: For Muslims, It’s An Issue Of Equality – Published in The Milli Gazette

In our country, every group of aware persons has been holding different connotations about secularism.  When it is time to elect representatives in Parliament and assemblies, this becomes a much more serious issue and the entire debate would surround the large chunk of Muslims votes and the beneficiaries of such votes would roam around like […]

Slaughtering Animals for Food – Published in The Milli Gazette

Recently the Supreme Court issued direction to all the states and the Union Territories to submit their response on the humane method of slaughtering animals for the purpose of food by proposing the mechanical stunning of animal by using Captive Bolt Pistol (CBP) of two types, penetrating and non-penetrating.  In both the processes the pistol […]

Nimesh Report And Acquittals Vindicate The Stand Of Up Government – Published in The Milli Gazette

A full bench of Allahabad High Court, Lucknow, took another serious view [after about three years of Ayodhya dispute verdict] in relation to the power and its exercise by the state government under the Code of Criminal Procedure if it wanted to withdraw the criminal cases pending in different courts in alleged “terror” cases where […]

Talaq & its Prior Conditions – Published in The Milli Gazette.

Time and again the issue of Talaq and the consequences thereof has remained an issue of cantankerous debate in the country as well as within different sections of the Muslim community. This issue has also gone to courts of law resulting in authoritative pronouncements. Simultaneously, Muslim ulama have also given their opinion based on the […]

Option to Adopt a Child – Published in The Milli Gazette

The recent judgment of the Supreme Court about the right of a Muslim to adopt a child has been reported with different viewpoints.  However, the core issue is whether a Muslim could adopt a child in the present legal position and at the same time not go beyond the restrictions imposed by the Muslim Personal […]