Gender (In)Equality in India: Analysing Maternity Benefits and Parental Leaves

Saumya Dubey Abstract In 2017, the Parliament of India passed The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act (MB Act hereafter) which increased the paid leave for expecting mothers from 12 weeks to 26 weeks. The seemingly progressive move, on closer scrutiny, reveals an undercurrent of acceptance for the ‘gendered division of labour’ in society and appears to…

Understanding the Project of Chandigarh: A Reflection on High-Modernist Thinking

In this paper, I attempt to understand the role of personal bias with regards to urban planning. Le Corbusier’s architectural ideology has been briefly contextualised in the political realm of high modernism. MEHAK SIDHU The new city (Chandigarh) was to represent India’s bold break from its colonial past, while being its first attempt to create…

The Indian Judiciary – A Man’s World

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Vidhi Narang The discussion around judicial reforms in India has been largely focused on issues of delayed judgements and vacancies. However, a much larger problem which has not received adequate attention is the lack of gender representation in the Indian…

Tariff Rationalisation: The Way Forward

“Far from being demeaning to human spiritual values, scientific rationalism is the crowning glory of the human spirit.” – Richard Dawkins Iman Kalyan Baksi Dawkins here dawns upon a philosophical question, asking whether rationality and the human spirit are condescending to each other. On the other hand, the electricity sector at this stage asks a…

Belling the ‘Hate Speech’ Cat

In light of the recent controversy at Facebook India, Neel attempts to understand the multi-faceted problem of hate speech that plagues the new millennium, and the far-reaching ramifications that it has on the social fabric of today.