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.


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

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.

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

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 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

CAG report on Odisha: Will legislators take note please?
As Parliament debates the amended land acquisition and mining laws, Himanshu Upadhyaya draws attention to the report of an audit of Odisha’s resettlement and rehabilitation policy that clearly highlights the threats to displaced communities.
Government Displacement Land

Why the land acquisition law is a threat to several others
The government’s push to the amended land acquisition law overlooks provisions in other acts that address closely related issues such as food security and conservation of biodiversity, writes Shalini Bhutani.
Food Security Bio Diversity Government Land

Does the government really want to protect whistleblowers?
Around 40 RTI activists in the country have been killed in recent years, several of them after the passage of the Whistleblowers Protection Act. Satarupa Sen Bhattacharya explores why the latter law has been unable to achieve its stated objective.
Law and Order Government Right To Info

The role of data in judicial reform
It is commonplace to cite the number of cases pending in Indian courts as evidence of a judicial crisis and suggest reforms based on the same. Aparna Chandra highlights why the numbers themselves need to be questioned and understood better for effective reform.
Opinions Justice

When people are merely roadblocks
A series of recent executive orders, amendments to law and ministerial directives either seek to curtail avenues of public participation and consent over projects of critical impact, or do away with them altogether. Kanchi Kohli tracks the trend.
Government Environmental Law and Regulation

Missing: Intellectual Property Rights with a social lens
The Modi government has moved fast and furious on charting a new policy regarding intellectual property rights; Shalini Bhutani’s recap of recent developments shows that much of it has been with an overt focus on industry, rather than innovation in general.
Trade Government

What the new processes mean for the dispossessed
The recently promulgated ordinance amending the national law related to land acquisition dilutes several clauses of the earlier legislation that were meant to protect the rights of holders. Kanchi Kohli summarises the key changes brought in by the ordinance.
Government Displacement Land

Why you may want to write to TRAI right now
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
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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