THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
DATA REVOLUTION IN THE ERA OF CENSORSHIP
It’s not only books and films that are censored!

In the shrill discourse over freedom of speech, the selective publication, and even overt suppression, of actionable development data is often overlooked. Amid calls for a next-gen data revolution, Biraj Swain highlights this and other challenges that lie in its path.

Government Right To Info

STREET VENDORS
A futile struggle for the right to trade
Legislation for street vendors mandates registration of all vendors and allocation of spaces for them by the state in designated zones. Navya P K’s interaction with street vendors in Delhi reveals a reality that is in stark contrast to what the law holds.
Livelihood Trade DELHI

OPINION
A rocky road for Gram Swaraj
The Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act Amendment Committee suggested reforms in the 1993 legislation to realise the ideal of decentralisation in letter and spirit. Nandana Reddy, a core member of the committee, holds the state accountable for the manner in which it has dealt with the report and proposed amendments.
Panchayats OP-ED KARNATAKA

CYBER SAFETY
Keeping your child safe in the age of the Internet
It’s a big, bad world out there on the social network and a recent study finds nearly 73 percent of urban children aged 8 to 13 active on such sites. Supriya Unni Nair tries to understand the role of adult influencers in preventing them from becoming easy prey for cyber-criminals.
Children Media Society

TRADE POLICY
Will free trade allow free voices too?
Shalini Bhutani takes a close look at the law and ensuing policy on trade in India, and asks whether the regulatory framework on trade issues nurtures the idea of public consultation.
Trade Economy Government

COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
The holes that make our coasts vulnerable
From delayed reconstitutions of critical state and national level institutions to glaring loopholes in procedures, Meenakshi Kapoor identifies all that stands in the way of effective plans to manage conservation and sustainable coastal development.
Environment Government Environmental Law and Regulation

AFSPA IN ARUNACHAL
Questions over AFSPA continue to echo in ‘disturbed’ northeastern states
The Centre may have rolled back its sudden unilateral decision to accord ‘disturbed area’ status to Arunachal Pradesh under the AFSPA 1958, but that does little to restore confidence and good faith between the state and the government of India. Anjuman Ara Begum analyses why.
Law and Order Government Human Rights

NET NEUTRALITY
Why you may want to write to TRAI right now
No, net neutrality is not just about IT and activists! If you're still wondering why over two lakh people have already written to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) about that, and whether you should follow suit, Supriya Unni Nair has some details for you.
Government

DECENTRALISED COASTAL GOVERNANCE
Ignoring the institutions that can save our coastal regions
Effective District Level Coastal Committees, provided for by the CRZ notification of 2011, could have been the key link in ensuring legal environmental protection for coastal regions and communities. Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli and Meenakshi Kapoor discuss how these have been continuously disregarded.
Environment Government Environmental Law and Regulation

REAL ESTATE REGULATION BILL
Commercial real estate set to be brought under new law
While a list of approved amendments to the proposed law on regulation of real estate is yet to be made public, it is now clear that the Bill will apply to commercial projects as well. Here is a round-up of the recent developments, from PRS Legislative Research.
Cities

FARMERS’ RIGHTS
Pay up, or give up your IP!
The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act 2001, based on the European seed patenting model, is increasingly proving to be more of a burden on small farmers. Shalini Bhutani explains why.
Agriculture Agriculture Policy

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
When women unite
A meticulous initiative by an NGO in remote tribal districts of Odisha has brought women from the local communities together, enabling them to wrest their rights and entitlements under laws such as the FRA and MGNREGA. Abhijit Mohanty writes on the project.
Forests Land Women

JUDICIAL REFORMS
Judicial delays: Understanding the system before fixing it
On 18 March, at a discussion organised by Daksh India, Nick Robinson from the Harvard Law School explored in detail the phenomenon of judicial delays, sharing insights from his work in both India and the US. Pavan Kulkarni summarises the important points raised.
Law and Order Justice
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EARLIER ARTICLES

It’s not only books and films that are censored!
CAG report on Odisha: Will legislators take note please?
Why the land acquisition law is a threat to several others
Does the government really want to protect whistleblowers?
The role of data in judicial reform
Missing: Intellectual Property Rights with a social lens
What the new processes mean for the dispossessed
SC verdict puts the spotlight on Bangla immigrants in Assam
How to avert the dangers of being an Internet user
Why Raghuram Rajan has lost patience with defaulting promoters
Crying out for clarity
Can a court order end passive violence?
Will the government heed calls to save rural jobs?
An old policy Modi must hold on to
The laws we forgot we had
Why a depoliticised police force is a distant dream
What good is an auditor without information?
How the latest changes to our Constitution will impact the judiciary
Should our anti-dowry law shield husbands too?
All set to lose out on the gains?
Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws
There’s always one to clear your mess!
Removal of Governors: What does the law say?
Facebook arrests: Could you be next in line?
Mullaperiyar: Is the light in the tunnel itself?
Penalties rare for Togadias and Masoods, but mileage aplenty
How well do you know your MPs, Kolkata?
How can our lower courts work better?
CIC: Delaying complaints against delays!
Pragmatism over principles is the norm today: Usha Ramanathan
What has your MP done for you?
New body should have better pay, more autonomy
Left to languish in a foreign country
2011 to 2013: What has changed in the Lokpal Bill?
SC judgment: The gaps in logic
"Compelling citizens to take an Aadhaar card is unconstitutional"
One Person Companies: Speed without effective brakes?
One hand gives, the other takes away!
Helping businesses help society
'Courting' controversy
National Water Law needed, but not this!
A raw deal for consumers
GM Crops: Can India follow the Philippines example?
Court battle likely after CIC's RTI ruling
Big Brother watching you, but who watches him?
Social justice: What two key Bills propose
Anti-rape law: Can India get it right?
Neglecting children a blunder: Sen
Verma Committee: Key recommendations
At your service, electronically
Rightfully hers
Regulating small loans
What amendments did the Lok Sabha make?
Protecting the truth-tellers
One acre forward, two back
What powers must the Lokpal have?
Is 'contempt of court' blocking justice?
Mining vs. Communities
Righting the wrongs in divorce law
Kashmiri identity and the onslaught on women
Women’s reservation Bill – the 2010 story
Meandering an important course
Abortion law's grey zone: retarded mothers
One-third of the lawmakers
Life sentences: How long is enough?
New rules for seizing land
Regulating domestic work
Fit to drive
Should the RTI Act be extended to bourses?
Guarding the guardians
Right to displace, but no duty to rehabilitate
Parents and Senior Citizens Bill, 2007
Microfinance Bill
Sarkar-approved contributions only
Cooperatives Bill
An entitlement with no law
Move to amend tribal land law dangerous
Immoral Traffic (Amendment) Bill
State-owned carriage only
Say no to the new iron curtains
Acquiring offices for profits
Sound and fury over the Broadcast Bill
Seeds Bill 2004
No need to amend the 'Office of profit' law
STs (Recognition of forest rights) bill
Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill
Food Safety and Standards Bill, 2005
Parliament, Winter 2005 session
Pension Fund Bill, 2005
Mental health care needs help
More teeth in new RTI legislation
Bhakra dam, Supreme Court, questions
Divided by - and in - class
Food safety bill may hurt hawkers
The Lokpal cycle
Central RTI law: some shine, still shackled
Too little for the little ones
RTI ball in Centre's court
Entitling 40 million rural workers
"The current law is unacceptable"
Updates on our forests
Sentenced to die, non-unanimously
Supreme Court sets deadline on FOI law
Geographical indications in jeopardy
An impacted assessment process
Misuse of 498A - much ado about nothing?
Criminal justice system "reforms" - II
Stemming campus violence
Criminal justice system "reforms"
Noise and the law
Rape and Delhi's urban environment
Curtail autocratic party bosses
Contemptible, but true
Protecting farmers, freeing the breeders
Legislature and Judiciary: The balance
Legislate, then contradict
Mangalore airport : Runaway runway?
Elections : Disclosures now Mandatory
Their lands and our laws
Urban Water: Judicial recipes falling short
To right the wrongs of development
 

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