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    Book Review: Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy

Book Review: Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy

In Law and Economy, Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy explore the origins of of British law and its continued legal impediments of the Indian economy today. It is a splendid book and the conclusions are many and nuanced. It is refreshing to encounter such dispassionate, evidence-based analysis of subjects that are so often polemical, writes Professor Peter Robb.
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October 11th, 2017|Book Reviews, Economy, Featured, History, Law|Comments Off on Book Review: Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy|
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    A bittersweet legal victory in India helps privacy but could hurt the economy

A bittersweet legal victory in India helps privacy but could hurt the economy

The Supreme Court of India’s ruling that privacy is a fundamental right is a victory for privacy advocates. However, by questioning the foundations of India’s unique identity scheme it may prove a roadblock to fighting corruption and modernising the economy, writes Abhishek Parajuli.

On 24th August, India’s Supreme Court decided that India’s 1.3 billion citizens have a fundamental right […]

September 13th, 2017|Corruption, Economy, Featured, Law, Technology|Comments Off on A bittersweet legal victory in India helps privacy but could hurt the economy|
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    How safe are EU-designated “safe areas” in Afghanistan for returning asylum seekers?

How safe are EU-designated “safe areas” in Afghanistan for returning asylum seekers?

Last year, the EU signed a deal with the Afghan government to start deporting failed asylum seekers back to “safe areas” in Afghanistan. But Sayed Jalal Shajjan asks, how safe are the “safe areas”? In recent months the security situation has deteriorated, and it is unlikely that Donald Trump’s Afghan policy will do much to improve this in the […]

Celebrate the triple talaq ruling but do so with caution

This week the Supreme Court banned triple talaq as a means of divorce among Muslims in India. Nida Kirmani welcomes the ruling as progress towards the protection of Muslim women’s rights within marriage, but writes that we must be mindful of how the debate has been framed. At a time when Muslims are facing increasing discrimination, there are those […]

August 25th, 2017|Featured, Gender, Law|1 Comment|
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    Rohingya refugees in India: From discrimination to deportation

Rohingya refugees in India: From discrimination to deportation

Earlier this month, the Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs announced the decision to send Rohingya Muslims in India back to Myanmar. In this article, Nafees Ahmad discusses the rationale for the move and outlines how it contravenes both international and Indian constitutional law.

Despite the efforts of civil society, domestic NGOs and international organisations, the persecution of peoples based […]

August 22nd, 2017|Featured, Law, Politics|Comments Off on Rohingya refugees in India: From discrimination to deportation|
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    Marriage, love, caste and kinship support: Lived experiences of the urban poor in India

Marriage, love, caste and kinship support: Lived experiences of the urban poor in India

Following the publication of a new revised edition of her book Marriage, Love, Caste and Kinship Support Shalini Grover discusses her study of conjugal relationships and love among New Delhi’s urban poor. She highlights how the research challenges common stereotypes relating to marriage and local arbitration, and how the new edition engages with debates around how India’s modernising impulses […]

August 21st, 2017|Featured, Gender, Law, LSE|Comments Off on Marriage, love, caste and kinship support: Lived experiences of the urban poor in India|

A murder is a murder, whatever the context

The death of Junaid Khan at the hands of a mob sparked rallies, followed by widespread criticism of the protesters. Maitreesh Ghatak writes that the danger of dismissing reactions against mob violence is that it  perpetuates the view that everything is partisan political fight and references to human rights are just ruses to gain an advantage. He argues that while it is […]

July 7th, 2017|Featured, Law, LSE, Media, Politics, Society and Culture|Comments Off on A murder is a murder, whatever the context|
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    “Campaigns to change the law have made it part of state policy to favour women’s rights and combat violence against women” – Hina Jilani

“Campaigns to change the law have made it part of state policy to favour women’s rights and combat violence against women” – Hina Jilani

At the LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 veteran lawyer and human rights activist Hina Jilani spoke on the Constitution panel. Here she speaks to Sonali Campion about the achievements of the women’s rights movement, the weaknesses of the law in protecting women and minorities, and the need for a regional approach to human rights in South Asia. 
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    Aadhaar and the Mid Day Meal Scheme: A denial of basic rights

Aadhaar and the Mid Day Meal Scheme: A denial of basic rights

Earlier this month, the government of the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh announced children would require an Aadhaar card to claim food from the Mid Day Meal Scheme as of 30 June, in line with central government policy. As the cut-off point looms, Ananye Krishna writes that the move is legally questionable and risks denying millions of children […]

June 26th, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Law, Technology|Comments Off on Aadhaar and the Mid Day Meal Scheme: A denial of basic rights|

Why ‘free’ speech is not always ‘costless’

Confusion over what ‘free speech’ means stems from equating the two different senses in which it is used: free as in unconstrained, and free in the sense of not having a price or cost. But even once this distinction is clarified, a neutral arbiter in the form of the state is needed to enforce laws and ensure that the rights of private individuals […]

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