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AFSPA: Life under a lawless law

By Basit farooq and Shariqa Naseer
Though the complete scrapping of the AFSPA is not possible, it is to be kept in mind that the violation of rights of citizens can be justified in no situation. The Act fails to meet the provisions of Indian constitution and also international standards. While India might be the largest democracy in the world, the scars of human rights violations make it very small in giving respect to democratic values.

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Adaptation as appropriation: An excursus through the theatre of Badal Sircar

By Arka Chattopadhyay
It was this hybrid and transnational influence of Grotowski, Artaud, Schechner, Beck and open theatre forms like ‘Taganka Theatre’ and the ‘Theatre-in-the-round’ that constituted Badal Sircar’s break with the proscenium form. The 1972-73 performance of Spartakus in an empty room and outdoors at a downtown Calcutta Park started the process.

Decoding ‘Zero’: From Disability Studies Perspectives

By Santosh Kumar
Bauaa Singh’s selection for the Mars mission treats him as an object for the experiment given the fact that there was no certainty to coming back safe to the Earth. The short stature and academic credentials of Bauaa Singh is nullified with his level of endurance. It is disturbing to note that Bauaa Singh becomes a substitute for chimpanzee because of the filmmakers’ want of heroism.

Telliscope: Fighting the good fight

By Ashley Tellis
There is no substitute for struggles on the ground, no matter how difficult these are. In the JNU case, it cannot but be a struggle on the ground and many academics from there (including ones excoriated for asking for a withdrawal from social media activism in an earlier moment) have already issued a statement against the punishment and will doubtless start a campaign against it in JNU.

Law and Gender: Notion of ‘Modesty’ in Indian Criminal Law

By Ishani Mookherjee
the Courts have followed a paternalistic and protectionist approach while dealing with the issue of sexual assault of ‘modesty’ by reinforcing the stereotype that ‘modesty’ is associated only with women, relating it with public morality and applying an objective test from ‘a reasonable man’s perspective’.

Odisha: A Pictorial dedication to one of India’s most beautiful regions

By Kamalini Natesan
We leave Odisha, satisfied, and full. The rain gods have splattered us forever, and Odisha will remain embedded, as a verdant memory of temples, coconut palms and a very kind people, who make excellent food. We repeatedly tasted the baked cottage cheese-like sweet, called Chhena Pod Pitha, which literally means burnt and baked cottage cheese. Its melt-in-the-mouth experience, very lightly sweetened, is much like Odisha itself.

Feminism and politics of suspicion

By Amit Bindal
This distinction between believing in women as opposed to believing the accounts of women’s oppression demonstrates and opens up the possibilities of combating sexual harassment without abandoning the rule of law. It is the denial of credibility and suspicion of the complainant inherent in the law and legal process that has led to the failure of due process.

Sir Syed’s relevance in contemporary India

By Javid Ahmad Ahanger
Here I recall the prophetic words of Zakir Hussain, the third President of India, who referred to AMU as a laboratory of Indian pluralism. It is this pluralism that needs to be cherished keeping all political differences aside. It is AMU alone that has the ability to create a tolerant multicultural society.