Articles and Essays

A. Freedom of Speech and Censorship

  1. In the Age of #MeToo, why Criminal Defamation must go“, The Hindustan Times (November 1, 2018).
  2. The Judiciary’s #MeToo Moment“, The Hindu (October 23, 2018).
  3. How the blasphemy law could transform Punjab into a theocratic state“, The Hindustan Times (September 20, 2018).
  4. Taking on the gatekeepers: on the censor board“, The Hindu (December 30, 2017).
  5. The gag on free speech“, The Hindu (December 4, 2017)
  6. Making the internet disappear“, The Hindu (October 18, 2017).
  7. The architecture of censorship“, The Hindu (August 17, 2017).
  8. Upsetting a very fine balance“, The Hindu (February 20, 2017).
  9. Two takes on democracy“, The Hindu (January 4, 2017).
  10. A blow against free speech“, The Hindu (May 16, 2016).
  11. A case for cutting out the censor“, The Hindu (June 13, 2016).
  12. The fault in our speech“, The Hindu (July 7, 2016).
  13. It’s not about just national security“, The Hindu (November 8, 2016).
  14. At the heart of the landmark 66A ruling: the crucial distinction between advocacy and incitement“, (March 25, 2015).

B. Equality and Non-Discrimination

  1. Maternity leave is not a question of charity“, The Hindustan Times (December 6, 2018).
  2. Decriminalisation of adultery is the first of many steps“, The Hindustan Times (September 29, 2018).
  3. Sec 377 judgment: An atonement for a grievous error, but a gateway towards greater freedom“, The Hindustan Times (September 10, 2018).
  4. Sabrimala case: It’s not a struggle to defeat religious faith“, The Hindustan Times (July 23, 2018).
  5. The law on adultery is asymmetric“, The Hindustan Times (May 17, 2018).
  6. The arguments against making marital rape a criminal offence are not valid“, The Hindustan Times (April 1, 2018).
  7. Indirect discrimination: rules and laws are never really ‘neutral’“, The Hindustan Times (February 23, 2018).
  8. Why does a woman’s religious identity in India still depend on who she’s married to?“, The Hindustan Times (January 18, 2018).
  9. The Transgender Persons Bill sends out a message of subordination and exclusion“, The Hindustan Times (December 22, 2017).
  10. Two cheers for the Supreme Court“, The Hindu (August 24, 2017).
  11. Triple talaq and the Constitution“, The Hindu (May 11, 2017).
  12. The case against customary exclusion“, The Hindu (January 15, 2016).
  13. Azaadi from a colonial rulebook“, The Hindu (March 11, 2016).
  14. Laws that make us human“, The Hindu (April 25, 2016).
  15. The equality of entry“, The Hindu (September 8, 2016).
  16. Why those challenging the Haji Ali Dargah Trust’s ban on women have a good legal case“, (March 22, 2015).

C. Personal Autonomy and Freedom

  1. Undoing a legacy of injustice: the Delhi High Court order striking down the Begging Act heeds the Constitution’s transformative nature“, The Hindu (August 13, 2018).
  2. Under a humane Constitution“, The Hindu (March 23, 2018).
  3. Hadiya has the constitutional right to make her own choices“, The Hindustan Times (November 28, 2017).
  4. Cow slaughter and the Constitution“, The Hindu (June 1, 2017).
  5. My way on the highway“, The Hindu (April 5, 2017).

D. Civil rights and national security

  1. Guilt by association and insinuation“, The Hindu (September 20, 2018).
  2. Preventive Detention must be used judiciously“, The Hindustan Times (July 3, 2018).
  3. Bhima-Koregaon and the fault in our laws“, The Hindu (July 2, 2018).
  4. Supreme Court cannot take a janus-faced view towards personal liberty“, The Hindustan Times (April 25, 2018).

E. Privacy

  1. India needs to acknowledge the gaps in data protection and the rights of children“, The Hindustan Times (August 10, 2018).
  2. The fabric of a plural culture“, Business Standard (August 28, 2017).

F. Constitutional Structure and Governance

  1. Why the Supreme Court’s verdict after the Karnataka polls is critical for India“, The Hindustan Times (May 29, 2018).
  2. Do we need the office of the governor?“, The Hindu (May 24, 2018).

G. The Supreme Court

  1. Matters of public interest must follow due process“, The Hindustan Times (November 22, 2018).
  2. Justice must be open, not opaque“, The Hindustan Times (October 19, 2018).
  3. In the Court of Last Resort“, The Hindu (October 2, 2018).
  4. Master and the roster“, The Indian Express (January 15, 2018).

H. Transformative constitutionalism

  1. The Case for a Progressive International“, The Hindu (November 30, 2018).
  2. The Narrow and the Transformative“, The Hindu (July 31, 2018).
  3. Dissenting judgments ensure that the Constitution is a living, breathing document“, The Hindustan Times (November 20, 2017).
  4. The 1947 singularity“, The Hindu (February 28, 2018).

4 thoughts on “Articles and Essays”

  1. Rav Singh said:

    Upendra Baxi, ‘”A known but an indifferent judge”: Situating Ronald Dworkin in contemporary Indian jurisprudence’ (2003) 1(4) International Journal of Constitutional Law 557, available

    Abhishek Sudhir, ‘Discovering Dworkin in the Supreme Court of India – A Comparative Excursus’ (2014) 7(1) NUJS Law Review 13, available

  2. Hi, can you do a list of articles and books that have inspired you or were beneficial to your legal education?

  3. Could u write something on Article 14 (reasonable classification)

  4. Raushan sharma said:

    According to Article 32 and 226, if anyone curtails our fundamental rights we can go for appeal either to High court and Supreme court. But my question is if the supreme court curtails our fundamental rights then where should be go for appeal ?

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