Declaring India to be “secular” in the Preamble has often had the opposite effect as can be seen from the rude and insensitive behaviour towards the elegant Tanishq ad and has added to growing intolerance.
Shortly after a special CBI court acquitted all the surviving 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case last week, several journalists and academicians reminded me of an essay I had written for India Legal magazine in December 2017 which possibly has more relevance today than the time it was written
The Supreme Court today observed that there has to be a balance between speech and dignity. The top court was hearing a plea against television channel Sudarshan News, pertaining to its programme titled ‘UPSC Jihad’ which runs into several episodes.
The consecration of the Temple has ended a prolonged legal battle where faith was pitted against law, Hinduism against Islam and religious convictions against rationality. Retracing the century-old legal battle shows how the highly contentious and controversial issue finally arrived at a lawful conclusion
The Allahabad High Court recently permitted the recital of azaan during the lockdown by a single person—muezzins from mosques in UP—without using loudspeakers. While the recital of the azaan is held to be an essential and integral part of Islam, doing so through loudspeakers and sound amplifying devices