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Reservation for EWS: 5 Must Reads

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Will EWS Reservation Survive?


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A star in the judicial firmament: Fali Nariman on Justice Subba Rao

An excerpt from Nariman’s autobiography showcases his wit and insight on a favourite topic: Supreme Court judges

1st Mar 2024



“Be you ever so high”: A brief history of the Supreme Court’s call for impartial agencies

The Jain Hawala decision was meant to have freed agencies like CBI and ED from Union interference. The government keeps finding a backdoor

28th Feb 2024



Aligarh Muslim University Case: A historical counter

The AMU Act has to be read as a key way-stop on the continuum of the institution’s history, not as something that breaks with it

27th Feb 2024

Fali Nariman


Farewell Fali

A tribute to Fali Nariman, a commercial lawyer from Bombay who became one of India's finest constitutional law advocates

24th Feb 2024



Five must-reads on sub-classification within reserved categories

A revisiting of the Chinnaiah judgement raises questions about sub-classification in reservations for Scheduled Castes

22nd Feb 2024

Chandigarh mayoral ballot


Supreme Court declares AAP’s Kuldeep Kumar as the Mayor of Chandigarh; sets aside old election results

The Bench led by the Chief Justice held the Presiding Officer accountable for ballot tampering and directed a show cause notice to be issued

20th Feb 2024


RTI, privacy, proportionality, empirical evidence…and AI transcripts—key themes from the Electoral Bonds judgement

We highlight four aspects that stood out to us in the Court’s ruling on the unconstitutionality of the Electoral Bonds Scheme

20th Feb 2024

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From the editor's desk

The differential levels of scrutiny the Court applies to studies on caste vis-a-vis economic backwardness may have deep and abiding implications for how affirmative action policies are crafted in the future, and is especially prescient in a situation where challenges to EWS reservations remain pending.
Can the Supreme Court Provide Reservations for Orphans?

With the petition seeking orphans to be identified as a backward class, are we moving away from a caste centric definition of backwardness.

Part I—The Mandal and Sinho Commissions: A Study in Contrasts

There is a marked difference in the methodology employed by the Mandal and Major Sinho Commissions in studying backwardness.

SC Offers Hope for OBC Reservations in Maharashtra Municipal Elections

The Maharashtra government was directed to submit data justifying its OBC reservation policy to the State Commission for Backward Castes.

Medical Students Relieved as SC Issues Order in PG NEET Case

DESK BRIEF: The SC issued an Order allowing the Union to immediately commence counselling for admissions to postgraduate medical programmes.