Category: Updates

It is Time to Get Rid of the Law of Criminal Defamation

Journalists, party spokesmen and Subramanian Swamy have much to fear from the Supreme Court’s judgment upholding criminal defamation. Justice Dipak Mishra, who wrote the judgment, has been in the news these past few weeks, for his handling of the Uttarakhand case, when he struck down president’s rule, for his comments...

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Sabarimala Temple case

A PIL was filed by a devotee of Lord Ayyapa in 1990 in the Kerala High Court for the prevention of entry of women into the Sabarimala Temple on the grounds that Lord Ayyapa whose idol was housed in such temple was a celibate god and women between the ages...

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‘War on drugs means millions are needlessly dying in pain’

By Ruth Dreifuss, Anand Grover and Michel Kazatchkine, Special to CNN Updated 1020 GMT (1820 HKT) November 17, 2015 Ruth Dreifuss is former President of Switzerland and Minister of Home Affairs. Anand Grover is former U.N. special rapporteur on the Right to Health, India. Michel Kazatchkine is former executive director...

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Flushing Democracy Down the Toilet: Rajasthan’s New Voter Laws

India revolutionized democracy when it introduced the 73rd and 74th amendment in 1994 calling for 1/3rd seat reservation for women in the Panchayat Raj. Twenty years later, these gains are being rolled back by new qualifications for running for office: a bathroom and an education. What is the correlation between...

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Anand Grover : DCGI doesn’t infringe Indian patent laws

It is neither authorised by the law to assess patent issues nor does it have the institutional competence for this This is in regard to Uttam Gupta’s recent column in The Financial Express (‘Drug licensing must recognise patents’, October 30). The article not only betrays ignorance of patent and drug regulatory...

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मैंने याक़ूब मेमन का बचाव क्यों किया: आनंद ग्रोवर

हम आज एक ऐसे भारत में रहते हैं जो हमारे संविधान निर्माताओं के ख़्वाबों से काफ़ी अलग है. संविधान निर्माताओं की परिकल्पना थी कि नागरिकों (सिटिज़ेन) और नागरिक अधिकार नहीं रखने वालों (नॉन-सिटिज़न) समेत सभी लोगों के पास ये मौलिक अधिकार होगा कि क़ानूनी प्रक्रिया का पालन किए बिना उनके...

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Patient groups strike yet again: Patent on Valganciclovir stands revoked

22nd July, 2015:  In what comes a huge victory to patient groups around the world, the Indian Patent office in Chennai, revoked the grant of a patent on Roche’s Valganciclovir. Valganciclovir is an important drug for the treatment of active cytomegalovirus retinitis (CMV) infection which, if left untreated, can lead...

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LEGAL LET-DOWN : Indira Jaising

INDIRA JAISING Almost thirty  years after the disaster in Bhopal in December 2-3, 1984, the numberless, unidentified and ever increasing victims of the tragedy have not been forgotten by the nation, though forgotten by the legal system. Although the world’s most spectacular law suit has vanished without a trace, leaving...

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