Student Commentary

The father of the Constitution of India, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, emphasised the centrality of equality as a measure of societal progress when he stated, “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.” In a significant stride toward advancing gender equality, the president of India gave assent to [...]

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced that the nation’s upcoming referendum on the Voice to Parliament will take place on October 14, 2023. Australia’s constitution can be amended only by way of referendum, invoked by section 128 of the Australian Constitution. Significantly, a referendum requires that the proposed constitutional change is approved by a [...]

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Six years after the Indian Supreme Court recognised a fundamental right to privacy, the country finally has comprehensive data protection legislation in the form of the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, of 2023 (DPDP Act). The draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2023 (DPDP Bill 2023) was introduced in the lower house of the Indian [...]

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In the summer of 1983, ethnic violence swept the island nation of Sri Lanka. Known as Black July, the outbreak of communal violence between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil minority communities left thousands dead and hundreds missing. Four decades later, the legacy of the violence lives on, searing Sri Lanka‘s social and political landscape. This [...]

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The Nepal Supreme Court’s June 28 ruling requiring the government to register same-sex relationships follows an arduous struggle to achieve marriage equality in the South Asian nation. This historic order is expected to have an impact on an upcoming verdict regarding a similar plea at the Supreme Court of India. Despite India’s decriminalization of queer [...]

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A shocking video from Manipur, India, has sparked national outrage. It shows a group of men brutally assaulting and parading two women belonging to the ethnic Kuki-Zo tribe, who were stripped naked. The incident occurred in May, following deadly ethnic riots between two communities. At least one of the women, age 21, was a victim [...]

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In the past few years, the Indian Judiciary has maintained a steady trend of supporting queer rights in the country. In 2018, the Supreme Court issued a landmark verdict decriminalizing queer sexual relationships in India. Activists, allies, and parts of civil society celebrated the decision as the beginning of a promising era for the LGBTQ+ [...]

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