ARTICLE 15: Incomplete Journey from Constitution to Constituency

Riah Rath Article 15 is a 2019 Hindi film, directed by Anubhav Sinha. It is a movie set in the fictional village of Lalgaon in Uttar Pradesh, based on the Badaun rapes in UP. The film features Ayushmann Khurrana as an upper-caste IPS officer who has recently been posted to Lalgaon. It intricately knits together…

Conserving Coastal Commons through Panchayati Raj Institutions

Mohammed Mushkoh Ramish Commons are typically understood to be resources or spaces that are open and accessible to all members of a community. Unlike private property which is characterised by individual ownership, rent and exclusivity of use, commons are communally “owned” and governed by communities that have traditionally used them. Fields, pastures, and ponds, as…

Secessionism and the State: A Question of Legitimacy

VAISHNAVI BHASKAR India is no stranger to secessionist sentiments. Since its very nascence, India has borne witness to various regional movements rallying for the right to self-determination and independence from the Republic. Given the sheer size and diversity of the Indian populous, it has been a consistent balancing act for the Indian state to address…

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.

Private Governance and the Politics of Hate Speech

Given the widespread use of hate speech by politicians as a polarizing instrument, private governance becomes an increasingly important factor to consider in the discipline of public policy. Here, Srinidhi highlights the importance ‘private governance’ in light of the making and implementation hate speech policies by Facebook.