Commentary

The Hathras Moment Is Different From The Delhi 2012 Moment

In the wake of the Delhi bus gangrape in 2012-13, hundreds of young Indians joined the anti-rape movement. Through their rage and exhaustion ran a bright thread of hope: a promise of social awakening and institutional change. For the first time ever, society was tuning into the women’s movement’s concerns about rape culture, victim blaming, and attacks on women’s autonomy in the name of safety.

‘One Rupee’ Fine for ‘Contempt of Court’

AFTER delivering a more than 100-page verdict holding Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court for two tweets, Justice Arun Mishra and his colleagues finally issued another long judgement to pronounce the quantum of sentence. Prashant Bhushan was asked to pay a fine of one rupee by 15 September or serve a prison sentence of three months along with an embargo of three years on his legal practice.

The Vikas Dubey Phenomenon: Criminal-Police-Politician Nexus and Encounter Raj Imperil the Rule of Law in Uttar Pradesh

The Vikas Dubey episode marks more than yet another entry in the lengthening list of ‘encounter’ killings in Uttar Pradesh. It illustrates key principles of the dominant model of statecraft in today’s India and explains some important basics of what is popularly called the criminal-police-politician nexus. It points to a new level of criminalization of politics, and crisis and collapse of constitutional governance.