UP anti-conversion law amounts to discrimination and a violation of the right to equality

December 19, 2020 | Jayna Kothari

In this article published by Indian Express, Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate & Executive Director at Center for Law and Policy Research argues that new UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020 leads to serious violation of the right to equality based on religion. She also adds that there is no evidence to support the argument of harms if any, of inter-faith marriages.

Why we can’t have laws curtailing the right to marry

November 24, 2020 | Jayna Kothari

In this article published by Deccan Herald, Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate & Executive Director at…

Helpless Spectators

November 13, 2020 | Thulasi K. Raj

In this article published by The Caravan, Thulasi argues that the Supreme Court of India has become a helpless spectator to executive actions.

Fifth edition of ConQuest kicks off online, preliminary results out

October 8, 2020 | Kruthika R | Madhavi Gopalakrishnan

In this article published by The Print, Kruthika R and Madhavi Gopalakrishnan, Research Associates at CLPR talk about the recently conducted preliminary rounds of the ConQuest 2020 and also discuss a few interesting questions that created a buzz among the students. The article also enlists the results of the preliminary rounds of the ConQuest quiz 2020. 

Child Rights Trust v. Union of India

August 6, 2020 | Almas Shaikh

Child Rights Trust (a Bangalore based NGO working extensively in the area of Child Rights) and Ms. Neena Nayak (a child Rights advocate and activist) filed a Writ Petition seeking enforcement of Fundamental Rights, under Articles 14, 15, 19, 21, 21A, 39 and 47 of the Constitution, of migrant children and children of migrant families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Petition seeks to ensure that migrant children and children of migrant workers are provided with proper living conditions, nutrition, health care/immunization, access to education and their protection. The Petition highlights that the lack of present-day assessment of the number and essential needs of migrant children, infants and pregnant and lactating women of migrant families has aggravated their vulnerabilities during the lockdown.

Bhavika Pore v. Union of India & Anr.

November 4, 2019 |

The Centre for Law and Policy Research recently filed an intervening application on behalf of Swati Bidhan Baruah, lawyer and transgender activist, in a case titled Bhavika Pore v. Union of India. The Petitioner through this Petition is invoking the writ jurisdiction of the Hon’ble Supreme Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India to direct the concerned authorities to fulfil their statutory obligations with regard to setting up/specifying special Human Right Courts in each district for the better protection of Human Rights and also to appoint a Special Public Prosecutor for the same, vis-à-vis section 30 and 31 of the Human Rights Act, 1993.

The Print

Mumbai’s Government Law College wins grand finale of ConQuest 2020

October 27, 2020

The Print carried out a story on the recently concluded Grand Finale of ConQuest 2020, India’s Premiere National Quiz on the Indian Constitution, Politics and the Law.

Freedom Gazette

Supreme Court Must Be As Proactive As Before: SC Advocate

June 10, 2020

Senior Advocate & Executive Director at CLPR, Jayna Kothari says Supreme Court must be as proactive as before when interviewed by Freedom Gazette.

The Quint

Internet Shutdowns need to be challenged- Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate, High Court of Karnataka

February 20, 2020

The Quint covered a video interview of our Executive Director Jayna Kothari on the issue of internet shutdowns where she argues how internet shutdowns across the country muzzled the freedom of speech and expression of the people and therefore it needs to be challenged.

Hindustan Times

CAA stir spurs demand for copies of Constitution

February 11, 2020

Hindustan Times story mentioned the Constitutional and Civic Citizenship project of CLPR which seeks to enhance public awareness and critical engagement with India’s constitutional tradition.

Not a Man’s Protest: Women and the New Farm Laws

January 16, 2021 | Kalyani Menon

On 11th January, while hearing a case related to the controversial farm laws, the Chief Justice of India said ‘At some time, we might say in the order that old people and women need not be there in the protests… tell them that the Chief Justice of India wants them (old people and women) to go back.’ The farm laws had triggered a wave of protests across the country, especially in Punjab and Haryana. A large number of women are participants in this protest. As per the Agriculture Census, 73.2% of rural women workers are farmers, and they would be directly impacted by the farm laws.

The Sixth Schedule: The History of Tribal Autonomy in the Indian Constitution

November 27, 2020

On 27 August 2020, the Arunachal Pradesh state legislative assembly unanimously passed a resolution to bring the entire state under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. This Schedule currently makes special provisions for the administration of tribal areas in the north-eastern states of Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, and Mizoram. Most laws passed by the legislative assemblies in these states do not apply to tribal areas; instead, these areas are governed by autonomous Councils, which have wide-ranging powers to make laws on land, forest management, agriculture, village administration, and personal matters.  

November 1948: Ambedkar presents Draft Constitution, Indian Constitution-Making Shifts into High Gear

November 7, 2020 | Vineeth Krishna

4th November 1948 was a critical date in India’s constitution-making process: B.R. Ambedkar, Drafting Committee Chairman, formally introduced the Draft Constitution in the Constituent Assembly. This ‘formidable’ (as Ambedkar referred to it) document, containing 315 Articles and 8 Schedules, was the culmination of the Assembly’s work, particularly its committees, that began on 9th December 1946. From this point onwards, all of the Assembly’s debates – 114 out of 165 sittings – centred around this Draft. These debates mark the most intense phase of Indian constitution-making.