Demands for Delinking of State and Religion

Synopsis: Some religious groups in Tamil Nadu are demanding delinking of state from religious affairs. However, minimal state intervention to promote justice and equality is permitted by the constitution. Background: Amidst the electoral process, some Religious groups are demanding delinking of state and religion in Tamil Nadu. They are opposing laws like Tamil Nadu Hindu… Continue reading Demands for Delinking of State and Religion

Report on Racial Discrimination against Northeast People

What is the News? Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) releases a study on racial discrimination and hate crimes against people from the northeastern States. About the study: Conducted by: The Centre for Criminology and Victimology at the National Law University(NLU), Delhi conducted the study, under the aegis of the ICSSR. Purpose: The study analysed… Continue reading Report on Racial Discrimination against Northeast People

People are Free to Choose Religion: Supreme Court

What is the News? The Supreme Court refused to entertain a PIL seeking directions to the Centre to ban black magic, superstition, and deceitful religious conversion. What was the case? A petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking to control black magic, superstition & mass religious conversion of SC/STs. The petition also mentions the… Continue reading People are Free to Choose Religion: Supreme Court

Gyanvapi Mosque dispute and the Places of worship Act 1991

Synopsis: The recent ruling by Varanasi civil court in the Gyanvapi Mosque dispute threatens the secular feature of India.  Background Earlier, the representatives of the Hindu faith had filed a petition to reclaim the Gyanvapi mosque land. Now, a civil court in Varanasi directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a survey. In… Continue reading Gyanvapi Mosque dispute and the Places of worship Act 1991

Increasing Racial Discrimination: Causes and Way Forward

Synopsis: The use of the internet has increased the prevalence of Racial Discrimination. The only way to overcome racism is by anti-racism action. Introduction Every year March 21 observes the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This is a global movement to fight prejudice and intolerance. It provides an opportunity to explore the… Continue reading Increasing Racial Discrimination: Causes and Way Forward

Why the Places of Worship Act, 1991 has been challenged?

Synopsis: The enactment of the Places of worship act, 1991 is an act of colourable legislation. Further, it is against the liberty of belief, faith, and worship to all. Background Sections 3 and 4 of the Places of Worship Act, 1991 has been challenged in the supreme court as being unconstitutional, void and against the… Continue reading Why the Places of Worship Act, 1991 has been challenged?

Plea Challenges “Places of Worship Act,1991” in SC

What is the news? The Supreme Court asked the Centre to respond to a plea challenging the Places of Worship Act, 1991. About Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991: The Act was passed in 1991. It seeks to maintain the “religious character” of places of worship as it was in 1947. The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri… Continue reading Plea Challenges “Places of Worship Act,1991” in SC

Inter-caste marriages can reduce caste tensions: Supreme Court

What is the news? The Supreme Court in a judgement has said that Inter-caste marriages will possibly reduce caste and community tensions. Background: This judgement came on a petition filed by a girl who fled from Bengaluru to Delhi to marry a man who was from a different caste. The police officer on a complaint… Continue reading Inter-caste marriages can reduce caste tensions: Supreme Court

UK  Report classified India among ‘difficult four’ countries

Synopsis: The report released by the Royal Institute of International Affairs (UK) recommends an arm’s length relationship with India due to rise of religious intolerance.  Back ground  Recently, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (UK) have proposed a blueprint titled “Global Britain, Global Broker”, for Britain’s future foreign policy after Brexit.  As a matter of concern for India, the report… Continue reading UK  Report classified India among ‘difficult four’ countries

Importance of Allahabad HC judgment on Special Marriage Act

Synopsis: The Allahabad high court’s recent decision to strike down the provisions of the Special Marriage Act, 1954 that make it mandatory for couples to publish a 30-day public notice of their intent to marry is a significant and much-needed correction. About the Special Marriage Act The Special Marriage Act was originally enacted in 1872 to provide… Continue reading Importance of Allahabad HC judgment on Special Marriage Act

NIXI Offers free Domain in Local Indian Languages

News: The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) has announced that it will offer a free IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) in any of their preferred 22 official Indian languages along with every IN domain booked by the registrar. Facts: NIXI: It is a not for profit Organization established under section 8 of the Companies Act… Continue reading NIXI Offers free Domain in Local Indian Languages

‘Using God’s name to sell articles illegal’

News: The Bombay High Court has held that the sale of items, claiming that they possess miraculous or supernatural powers via television advertisement is illegal. Facts: What was the matter? A petition was filed seeking a direction and injunction to prevent advertisements on television channels that promote the sale of articles like Hanuman Chalisa Yantra. The… Continue reading ‘Using God’s name to sell articles illegal’

Laws against Inter-faith marriage and Fundamental rights

Synopsis– Uttar Pradesh recently passed an ordinance which criminalizes inter­faith marriages, which is against the exercise of the free will of individual citizens in India.  Introduction-   UP ordinance which criminalizes inter-faith marriages has set an extreme example, being followed by other states like MP.   In these states’ other laws on slaughter of cattle, marriage, and religious conversions have been enacted… Continue reading Laws against Inter-faith marriage and Fundamental rights

Religious Freedom and Personal Choices

Context: The Allahabad High Court verdict in ‘Salamat Ansari’ is a reminder of the Constitution’s most cherished values. What did the court say? Religious conversions, even when made solely for the purposes of marriage, constituted a valid exercise of a person’s liberties. The High Court ruled that the freedom to live with a person of… Continue reading Religious Freedom and Personal Choices

ISSUE OF INTERFAITH MARRIAGES AND LAWS IN INDIA

The article is based on The Big Picture: Special Marriage Act and Indian Express Explained, Roll it back appeared in the month of November.  Context: The Uttar Pradesh government has cleared an ordinance that enables the state to police and punish inter-faith marriages with “the sole intention of changing a girl’s religion”. Important provisions of… Continue reading ISSUE OF INTERFAITH MARRIAGES AND LAWS IN INDIA

Issue of “love jihad”: Right of “free consent” for Marriage

Context: Many state governments have announced that they are considering enacting an appropriate law to stop marriages which they term as “love jihad”. What are the recent cases? A Muslim girl by birth converted to the Hindu religion and just after a month, she married a Hindu man according to Hindu rites and rituals. The Allahabad… Continue reading Issue of “love jihad”: Right of “free consent” for Marriage

Hate speech: A misused freedom | 31st October, 2020

What is hate speech?  The term hate speech is understood as any kind of communication in speech, writing or behavior that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of their collective identity, be it race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexuality. Hate speech threatens two key doctrines of democracy-… Continue reading Hate speech: A misused freedom | 31st October, 2020

What is blasphemy law?

Sacrilege: violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred. Blasphemy Law: Deals with the matter pertaining to lack of respect toward God, religion, a religious icon, or something else considered sacred. Arguements for blasphemy law To value and respect for sanctity of the God, Religion and Religious belief. Religion affects the actions of human… Continue reading What is blasphemy law?

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Issue of Hate speech in India

In News- Sudarshan TV case will have several implications for the regulation of free speech. What is hate speech?  The term hate speech is understood as any kind of communication in speech, writing or behaviour that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis their collective identity, be it race,… Continue reading Issue of Hate speech in India

Assam and Mizoram conflict

Background of Assam and Mizoram conflict The boundary between present-day Assam and Mizoram is 165 km long and the issue over that dates back to the colonial era when Mizoram was known as Lushai Hills, a district of Assam. The genesis of present conflict is rooted in the British led demarcated internal boundaries on grounds of… Continue reading Assam and Mizoram conflict