Behind the Great Indian Internet Shutdown

Synopsis: Despite the laws and Supreme Court guidelines, internet shutdowns are common in India. Let us see their impact and the means to handle them properly. Introduction: This article highlights the unjudicial use of Internet lockdown by the government. India’s Internet restrictions also accounted for more than 70% of the total loss to the global… Continue reading Behind the Great Indian Internet Shutdown

Data regulation is undergoing a significant revolution

Synopsis: Technology businesses are most effectively regulated through a judicious mix of law and technology. To regulating technology, we cannot have one without the other. Introduction At a high-level ministerial meeting recently, seven countries came together to endorse a techno-legal approach to data regulation. The participating delegates committed to exploring how technical frameworks such as… Continue reading Data regulation is undergoing a significant revolution

Tamil Nadu tables Bill to ensure seating facilities for employees at shops

What is the News? The Tamil Nadu Government has tabled a bill in the State Assembly that recognizes workers ‘right to sit’.  Note: Kerala is the only other State to have legislated on the ‘right to sit’ in 2018. What is the Bill? The bill seeks to amend the Tamil Nadu Shops and Establishments Act,… Continue reading Tamil Nadu tables Bill to ensure seating facilities for employees at shops

Delhi government shouldn’t congratulate itself on CCTV coverage

Synopsis: Rather than deterring crime, the surveillance projects compromise women’s safety and the liberties of all citizens. Introduction Recently the Delhi government has reported that Delhi beat cities like Shanghai, New York and London with the most CCTV cameras per square mile across the world. The government has also mentioned that Delhi has 1,826 CCTVs… Continue reading Delhi government shouldn’t congratulate itself on CCTV coverage

Better policing, please: Court observations on investigations in Delhi riots should be required reading for all major police forces

Source: This post is based on the article “Better policing, please: Court observations on investigations in Delhi riots should be required reading for all major police forces” published in The Times of India on 1st September 2021. Relevance: Understand lapses in the police investigation. Synopsis: There are few major lapses in the police investigation. These can… Continue reading Better policing, please: Court observations on investigations in Delhi riots should be required reading for all major police forces

Fundamental Rights to Reside and to Move About Freely

Source: This post is based on the article “Fundamental Rights to Reside and to Move About Freely” published in The Indian Express on 28th August 2021. What is the news? The Supreme Court has held that the power of the State to pass an externment order or a direction barring certain people entry to specified… Continue reading Fundamental Rights to Reside and to Move About Freely

Towards a more humane race

Source: This post is based on the article “Towards a more humane police force” published in The Hindu on 30th August 2021. Relevance: To understand the requirements of police reforms. Synopsis: Efforts are on to improve the human rights protection regime in police stations. Context: Recently, the Chief Justice of India expressed his concerns about… Continue reading Towards a more humane race

Covering the gaps in the game of data

Source: The Hindu Relevance: To understand the role of data in evidence-based policymaking. Synopsis: The “statistical vaccum” in India can be bridged with decentralization and if states build their own quality databases Introduction The e-Governance and penetration of the internet have made data the new talking point in Governance. The role of data and politics has… Continue reading Covering the gaps in the game of data

Give it a rest: SC reminds lower courts, cops to avoid unnecessary arrests. But bureaucratic habits die hard

Source: TOI Relevance – To differentiate between the right to arrest and need to arrest Synopsis: Supreme Court (SC) mentioned that arrest provision in law does not mean that government can use power indiscriminately to crush the personal liberty Introduction Recently, the SC has held that merely because the law allows arrest, it doesn’t mean that… Continue reading Give it a rest: SC reminds lower courts, cops to avoid unnecessary arrests. But bureaucratic habits die hard

Why the citizens’ assembly is an idea whose time has come

Source: Indian Express Relevance: To understand the idea of democracy and citizen assembly Synopsis: Democratic exercise has been reduced to periodic elections. It is time that we think of innovative solutions like Citizen’s assemblies. Introduction: There is disenchantment with political parties in the US and Europe. Assemblies are divided along the party lines and there is… Continue reading Why the citizens’ assembly is an idea whose time has come