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You might Not be the Owner of the Land Registered in your Name – The Land Acquisition Act says so

By at 25 August, 2010, 11:11 am

Do you know a 100 year old Act may deprive you of your property in a couple of days?

The Land Acquisition Act, 1894 gives considerable power to the government to to acquire any land for “public purposes”. The Act is being misused by both State and Central governments to acquire multitude of lands specially in the rural areas in the illusion of development and urbanization.

Purpose of the Act

Acquisition of land was a primary requirement of the British in order to carry out some of their most ambitious projects ...read more Read More

10 MEASURES TO TACKLE THE ISSUE OF FARMER SUICIDES IN INDIA

By at 19 August, 2010, 10:04 pm

I still remember my road trips from Jaipur to Delhi on weekends. My mother had to pack food everytime as there was no restaurant on the entire route. Now things have changed. NH8 has a number of malls and food chains including MC Donalds and CCD. These restaurants leisurely replaced the farm lands on the highway.

This depicts the plight of farmers more than anything else. The farmers near Delhi have an opportunity to sell their lands instead of killing themselves. But all Indian farmers are not that fortunate.

Aamir Khan’s Peepli ...read more Read More

When will they celebrate their Independence? Common plight of Indian and Pakistani Fishermen

By at 15 August, 2010, 12:00 am

India and Pakistan share many things together. One such thing is their consecutive independence day. Today I thought of addressing an issue which is vital to both the countries. No, its not Kashmir. It is something more fundamental that concerns me today.The detention of Indian and Pakistani Fishermen cross border can no longer be ignored by us.

Official Statistics

According to the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum 159 Pakistani fishermen are detained in India on the other hand 547 Indian Fishermen have been detained in Pakistan. Moreover India has 200 Pakistani and Pakistan has about 350 Indian boats ...read more Read More

Prostitution Runs In The Family

By at 11 August, 2010, 12:42 pm

Ever imagined that a family could encourage its daughters to become prostitutes?

Rajasthan’s Nat community has a tradition of prostitution. This nomadic tribe which previously engaged itself in street performances later adopted “commercial sex” as its traditional occupation. Other communities like Rajnat, Kanjar and Bedia tribes also follow similar tradition in the state.

Family Irony

The Nat community is patriarchal and male dominated. The women in the community may be divided into two groups prostitutes and non-prostitutes. The sex workers in spite of ...read more Read More

Why a business tycoon killed his own driver?

By at 7 August, 2010, 12:10 am

“If I speak the truth, I will not live.”  were the last few words spoken by Janeshwar Sharma in a television interview. The deceased was working as a driver of the affluent business tycoon Anil Nanda.

In his interview, he alleged that Anil Nanda, his partner Jitendra Pandey and Manager Dhiraj Balani were involved in a sex scandal. He claimed that Nanda paid some boys to have sex with him at one his houses in the Friends Colony, Delhi. He also sexually exploited his employees at the said house. If the employees ...read more Read More

10 Reasons Why India is Miserable at World Sports

By at 3 August, 2010, 8:40 pm

Is the definition of  Indian sports restricted to cricket only or do other games exist too?

Yesterday I met Sanjay, who would represent India in the Asian Games to be held this year. He has previously participated in various Judo competitions worldwide.

Sanjay (24) is a resident of Manipur and is currently employed in  the Indian Military Police. He is amongst some fortunate players who have been sponsored by the Military police. His training, equipment, coach fee,  travel and registration costs are government funded.

But there are very few players who receive such benefits. ...read more Read More

India’s Cruel Torture Bill

By at 29 July, 2010, 7:51 pm

Statistics

1. Every year number of custodial deaths increase considerably.

2.  From 1994-2008; 16,886 custodial deaths were recorded.

3.  In 2007-08; 188 and 1789  people died in police and  judicial custody respectively.

Definition of Torture

Article 1 of United Nations Convention against torture, 1984 defines torture as:-

Any act by which public officials intentionally  inflict severe pain or suffering ( physical or mental) to a person for fullfiling certain purposes like seeking information or a confession, punishment, intimidation or discrimination of the victim.

Indian Position

India signed the UN Convention against ...read more Read More

Married in India but Divorced in US

By at 21 July, 2010, 7:03 pm

Everyone celebrated their wedding. The groom was an NRI engineer settled in Boston who came to Punjab to marry Manjeet, a beautiful village girl. No one had ever anticipated that this fairy tale would turn into a nightmare until the groom decided to abandon Manjeet and marry again.

He obtained a divorce decree in US. Subsequently, Manjeet filled a petition in an Indian Court. The court declared the divorce null and void although it hardly had jurisdiction over the foreign decree. Now, her husband is divorced in States but married in India.

According to NCW ...read more Read More

Legal Drift Acknowledged by a Contemporary Scholar in the Yearbook of International Law

By at 21 July, 2010, 1:41 pm

I have a good news today to share with my readers.

I recently got credited for my research assistance in Prof Prabahkar’s paper published in the inaugural issue of the Indian Yearbook of International Law & Policy. He has also cited one of his comments on Legal Drift in the References of his paper.

The Yearbook is new peer-reviewed academic publication in the field of international law. The Yearbook seeks to provide an intellectual platform for the discussion and dissemination of Indian and international views and practices on contemporary international legal issues.

The paper titled “CONSTITUTIONALISM IN INTERNATIONAL LAW DURING THE TIMES OF GLOBALISATION: A SOCIOLOGICAL ...read more Read More

The Temples of the Devils: Exorcism Exposed

By at 13 July, 2010, 4:21 pm

“Exorcism of Emily Rose”, a horror classic is based on the true story of Anneliese Michel, a 17 year old girl in Germany who was exorcised by her parents and two priests.  She suffered from schizophrenia which could be treated by medicines. But her parents relied on exorcism rituals to cure her. She died after few days of exorcism due to malnutrition and starvation.

The court observed that because of lack of nutrition her body was unable to recover from the injuries which were result of both exorcism as well as self infliction ...read more Read More