Article co-authored by Avirup Bose & Manas Kumar Chaudhuri on "Curbing cartels in India " - Business Standard

January 31, 2017

Prosecuting hard-core cartels comes first in the agenda of global competition agencies, especially those of the developing world where such arrangements spike price, reduce production and delay technological developments, harming consumer welfare. Latest research shows that cartels in developing countries have caused prices to rise by 25 per cent over their competitive benchmarks; accounting for actual consumer loss up to one per cent of the GDP of the developing world (OECD, 2015).

Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "Why the Academy Must Protect America’s Democratic Soul" - The Chronicle of Higher Education

January 31, 2017

Academic life is an ethical enterprise. If you have any doubts, try spending time in a high-security Iranian prison, as I did, detained not for anything I did but for the views I hold. After 125 days in solitary confinement, I understood well that being an academic means more than teaching students and jockeying for tenure. I will never forget the support of hundreds of academics around the world who signed an open letter to Iran’s president demanding my release. If not for the efforts of scholars like Richard Rorty and Michael Ignatieff, I might have spent more time in prison.

Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "Gandhi for our troubled times" - The Hindu

January 30, 2017

The Mahatma’s approach to politics in terms of ‘resistance’ and ‘protest’ beyond a conception of domination over others provides a potential antidote to the contemporary crisis of democracy.

Article written by Vishavjeet Chaudhary on "Of law, lawyers and the need to look within" - The Tribune

January 30, 2017

The lawyers have a tremendously important role to play. What they present to the judge, one of those versions will be treated as the truth, convictions and judgments based on it. This requires an excellent quality of lawyers.

Article co-authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini and Shaun Star on "A Strong State of Affairs: India and Australia’s State-to-State Engagement" - The Diplomat

January 26, 2017

Over the past two decades, state governments in India have increased their engagement with the outside world. This outreach has increased in recent years – especially the last two — as a consequence of the current Modi government laying a strong emphasis on subnational diplomacy.

Paper written by Prof. Oishik Sircar - Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, Vol. XI

January 24, 2017

What happens when queers become democracy’s ‘favourite minority’ championed by the capitalists, the liberals, the conservatives, and the leftists, all singing in the language of rights? It marks the inauguration (or culmination?) of a moment that is not bad but dangerous [...]

Article written by Professor Vesselin Popovski on "Does climate change cause conflict?" - Brookings

January 20, 2017

Research paper, “Warming increases the risk of civil war in Africa,” presented to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences claims that temperature rises in Africa have coincided with significant increases in the likelihood of war.[1] U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described the conflict in Darfur as the world’s first climate change conflict.

Article by Sabarish Suresh on "PM Modi degree row: Where is the right to information?" - Daily O

January 19, 2017

Recently, information commissioner Madabhushi Sridhar Acharyulu overturned the decision of the First Appellate Authority of Delhi University, which had refused to divulge details of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s graduation degree in response to an RTI application. Little did Acharyulu know that he would face repercussions for upholding the democratic ideals of the Right to Information Act on principle.

Article written by Sachin Dhawan on "The Supreme Court Must Stop Aiding And Abetting The Gutting Of Free Speech In India" - The Huffington

January 19, 2017

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."—George Orwell


Article written by Avirup Bose on "To ensure success of Startup India, Digital India, regulators must encourage innovation" - The Financial Express

January 17, 2017

There has been a flurry of developments in India’s innovation landscape since the country announced its National IPR Policy, earlier last summer. The policy document rightly underscores the government’s recognition of the importance of strong intellectual property rights for fostering innovation and to ensure the success of its flagship programmes of Startup India and Digital India. Although this is a welcome move, but India needs to adopt measures for implementing such forward-looking policies as well.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Aditya Vora on "Can India dump coal quite so easily?" - The Statesman

January 15, 2017

Since the Paris Climate Conference in 2015, India vouched to increase its renewable energy production by 175 gigawatts. These broad claims made many wonder whether India would ever be able to achieve this feat, until now. The government’s energy advisory board in a statement said that India could meet its energy needs by 2022, without the need for more coal-powered plants.

Article by Sabarish Suresh on "Why do Chhattisgarh Police rapes not bother us?" - Daily O

January 13, 2017

All of us are morally culpable in such an evil unless we call out the atrocities committed by the State.

Article by Ms. Nisha Nair on "DEGREE OR SKILL EDUCATION?" - The Pioneer

January 11, 2017

Attaining a degree is a sign of formal education but it no more guarantees individual growth, social stability or financial security. Skill education is the need of the hour for outcome-based learning that respond to global reality and learner’s aspiration, says Nisha Nair.

Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "Teaching peace to humanity" - The Hindu

January 06, 2017

What is the priority of pedagogy for peace in the 21st century? Do we teach cultures and philosophies of peace at schools and universities around the world only to start new wars and conflicts? Is education for peace still a top priority in universities and colleges? And finally, does education help us to live a peaceful life and to bring peace around the world? These questions need to be in our awareness on a daily basis. Only then can we treat people, nature and most life itself in a more empathic manner.

Professor Dabiru Sridhar Patnaik on "The science of law" - India Today

January 06, 2017

Ten questions to answer before embarking on a law career.
In just under three decades since the establishment of the first National Law University (NLU) in Bangalore in 1987, law has become the fastest growing sector.

Article by Sushant Chandra on 'Parties not above law' - The Tribune

January 04, 2017

THE recent recommendation by the Election Commission of India to amend the Representation of People's Act, 1951 for disclosing the details of anonymous donations in excess of Rs 20,000 has created hysteria among the political parties. The present discourse on accountability of anonymous donations made to political parties is guided by Section 29C of the Representation of People's Act, 1951. This mandates political parties to provide details of anonymous donations made in excess of Rs 20,000 in order to claim 100 per cent tax exemption. 

International Conference by Harvard & Jindal University Moots Comprehensive Health Coverage in India - The Telegraph

January 25, 2016

India needs extensive universal health coverage policy: Experts - The Economic Times

January 24, 2016

Quality of Legal Education Not Quantity of Law Schools Need of the Hour - The Hindu Business Line

January 12, 2016

Sonepat prof to present paper in NYU - The Tribune

January 02, 2016

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Aditya Vora on "Seeing the light" - The Hindu

February 28, 2017

The WTO dispute that India lost over solar power and the one that it has now filed against the U.S. are similar. It is best for both countries to find an amicable solution

Article co-authored by Sachin Dhawan and John Sebastian on "Governments must be held to account" - Business Line

February 24, 2017

Reviving pre-legislative scrutiny will produce laws that better reflect the will of the people
Lost among the many assessments of the Budget is the Government’s sleight of hand concerning concealment of the damage wrought by demonetisation. Indeed, such is the secrecy shrouding our public institutions today that senior members of government are often caught unawares by important policy announcements.

Article by Sabarish Suresh on "Where’s the justice for Kunan-Poshpora gangrapes in Kashmir?" - Daily O

February 23, 2017

If the news of Mohammad Fazili, the man who was incarcerated for 12 years with regard to the 2005 Delhi blasts, haunted you for all the torture and atrocities committed by the police force, know that this is but a common affair for the citizens of Kashmir.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Aditya Vora on "US withdrawal from TPP can enhance India’s role" - The Statesman

February 22, 2017

In one of his first actions as President of the United States, Donald Trump ordered his country to withdraw from the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). The reason given for the withdrawal was not anti-trade. Instead, the Trump administration directed the United States Trade Representative to negotiate fresh bilateral agreements, instead of the multilateral TPP.

Article by Ashish Bharadwaj on "Technology: Time to implement what we have learnt" - ET Telecom

February 21, 2017

We are living in turbulent times, characterized by rapid technological change that bring untoward legal scuffles between those that are an integral part of an ongoing vortex of breakthroughs and disruptions.

Article written by Dr. Arup K. Chatterjee on "The ghosts of a literary Indian hill-station that haunt the writers of the present" - The Conversation

February 17, 2017

“All hill-stations have their share of ghost stories” writes journalist Sheela Reddy. “But the Doon must be the only spot that can boast of so many writers, living and dead, who have turned their home into their muse.”

Book review by Jhuma Sen - Law and Society Review

February 16, 2017

Indigeneity and Legal Pluralism in India: Claims, Histories, Meanings sets out with the twin objective of understanding both dispute and indigeneity through the Plachimada struggle of India’s indigenous people, the “Adivasi,” against the Coca Cola bottling facility in Kerala. These objectives, however, also unpack the meta narrative of what it means to be the most dispossessed. As Parmar describes at the very outset, it means more than losing one’s land and water—it is also to experience an injustice that often goes unrecognized. The book, as she states, is an attempt to understand the violence of such injustice.


Article written by Professor Vesselin Popovski on "Can the United Nations adapt to Donald Trump?" - The Conversation

February 16, 2017

On January 1, 2017, Antonio Guterres began his five-year term as United Nations Secretary-General; 19 days later, Donald Trump began his own term as President of the United States.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Aditya Vora on "Battling it out at the WTO" - The Statesman

February 12, 2017

With the whirlwind of disputes filed by India and the United States against each other, both challenging the other’s domestic content requirement in the renewable energy sector, we offer to provide some clarity on the issue. For simpler understanding we would refer to the case filed by the US challenging the domestic content requirement as the US case and the case filed by India as the India case.

Article by Avirup Bose on "Education: India’s innovation agenda is a work-in-progress" - The Financial Express

February 10, 2017

Nostalgia must have a shelf life and any discussion on the state of Indian higher education systems cannot be relegated to the memory of the sub-continent’s ancient world-class universities of Nalanda and Taxila.


Book Excerpt of 'The Purveyors of Destiny: A Cultural Biography of the Indian Railways' authored by Arup K Chatterjee. - Daily O

February 10, 2017

Why Indian railways makes us travel back in time
[Book excerpt] Representations of the great Indian train journey haunt, but they also shackle.
POLITICS |   Long-form |   10-02-2017
Arup K Chatterjee

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Arjya Majumdar on "Where all men are created equal but some are not" - The Statesman

February 09, 2017

The United States of America has been responsible for the most number of refugee resettlements since World War II. An executive order signed into effect by newly elected President Donald J. Trump on 27 January 2017 seeks to reverse that history.

Article by Sabarish Suresh on "What The SRK Selfie Girl Craze And UP Phone Recharge Racket Have In Common" - The Huffington Post

February 09, 2017

We all might concur that stalking in India is an annoyingly rampant issue. However, we must also concur that we will not be engaging with the issue entirely without looking into the culture that celebrates, even appreciates, stalking and voyeuristic behaviour. Two issues that have come to light in the recent past support this point.

Article written by Vishavjeet Chaudhary on "Be prepared to pay the price of freedom" - The Tribune

February 08, 2017

We must always speak up and stand up for what we believe in whenever irrational voices try to drown the voice of reason and sanity. Freedom must be protected for its own sake and not just only on issues that affect us directly.

Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "Without Rafsanjani" - The Indian Express

February 07, 2017

The death of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on January 8 has been considered by many analysts, around the world, as a loss of a political heavyweight in Iran’s domestic politics. Some portray Rafsanjani as one of the key architects of the Iranian Revolution, next only to its charismatic leader, Ayatollah Khomeini. Others underline his political influence on the technocratic reform in Iran after the end of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) and the death of Ayatollah Khomeini.

Article by Dr. C. Raj Kumar on "Strong institutions for a strong nation" Published in DECCAN HERALD on the state of higher education in India - Deccan Herald

February 05, 2017

In recent times, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have lamented about the fact that Indian universities don’t figure among the top 200 in the world in some of the most reputed international rankings. 

Indian universities can aspire to be among the leading institutions of the world, if we are able to create an enabling eco-system that will empower our universities. Unfortunately, we have reached a critical stage in our higher education sector that marginal reforms will lead to no impact whatsoever. We need to seek radical reforms in the higher education sector, which will at best lead to marginal impact. However, such reforms can progressively provide a pathway for achieving excellence. 

Paper written by Professor Vesselin Popovski, Published in the Oxford Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence - Oxford Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence

February 02, 2017

No other issue in the history of global governance has so often been discussed with so little progress being made as the reform of the UN Security Council. This article examines the attempts to improve the composition and the working methods of the Security, presents and evaluates the latest proposals for reform, such as a new category of extended renewable membership and a code of conduct restraining from veto in situations of mass atrocities, and concludes by making forward- looking suggestions, including a win- win formula (8+8+8) for composition of the Council that unifies the interests of all countries and regions in the world.

Article by Shaun Star on "WHEN YOUNG MINDS LEAD TRANSFORMATION" - The Poineer

February 02, 2017

The Australia-India friendship has grown over the years, and its impact is being felt in all areas of cooperation. Youth are playing a key role in facilitating the process
The Australia-India relationship has grown from strength to strength in recent years as our strategic interests seem to have aligned now more than ever. Both Governments have acknowledged the significant opportunity for our countries to boost our economic relationship and are negotiating a free trade agreement to take trade and investment ties to the next level.

Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "Hassan Rouhani, nuclear deals and Iranian politics in the age of Donald Trump " - Catch News

March 27, 2017

Iran is a key actor in the making of the most pressing questions of today’s Middle East, including the Syria civil-war, reconstruction of Iraq, the Lebanese issue and the future of Shiite minority in the Persian Gulf region.

Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "Hassan Rouhani, nuclear deals and Iranian politics in the age of Donald Trump " - Catch News

March 27, 2017

Iran is a key actor in the making of the most pressing questions of today’s Middle East, including the Syria civil-war, reconstruction of Iraq, the Lebanese issue and the future of Shiite minority in the Persian Gulf region.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Zainab Lokhandwala on "Realising forest rights still a distant dream" - The Statesman

March 22, 2017

Among many laws, policies and practices inherited from the British, exclusive state control over forests and its resources is one that has gained relevance today as never before. The British initiated this trend for economic and political reasons; however, successive Indian governments since 1947 have chosen to forge ahead in the same direction of command-and-control. India’s conservation strategies resonate the attitudes of the British, who laboured to survey India’s forests and to exploit them without any accountability or interference from forest communities.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Merlin Elizabeth Joseph on "By Building the Sawalkot Dam, Is India Using Water as a Weapon Against Pakistan?" - The Wire

March 20, 2017

The Sawalkot hydroelectric project could be very damaging for Pakistan, reducing flows to the already water-stressed country.

Book Review by Sachin Dhawan on "What Socrates And Kanhaiya Kumar Have In Common: They Are Both Gadflies" -

March 19, 2017

Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo's book Gadflies in the Public Space: A Socratic Legacy of Philosophical Dissent uncovers a rich dissenting tradition in philosophical thought stretching back to Socrates. Perhaps being a gadfly whose opposition to his native Iranian state earned him a four-month prison sentence makes him peculiarly suited to comment on the struggles of non-conformists. Indeed, Jahanbegloo is no stranger to the struggles of Indian gadflies against conformity. A frequent visitor to India from his adopted country of Canada and now vice-dean of Jindal Global Law School, he has spent many years studying the Gandhian philosophy of non-violence.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Kamakshi Puri on "Why Increasing India’s Solar Energy Capacity Won’t Work" - The Wire

March 17, 2017

The power yield from the planned ten-fold increase in solar energy on an average will be as little as 20% of the total capacity, making little difference to India’s emissions.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Dushyant Kishan Kaul on "Strong order or strong action?" - The Statesman

March 16, 2017

The Supreme Court on 22 February lashed out at polluting industries, giving them a three-month ultimatum to install Primary Effluent Treatment Plants (PETP’s). Tackling the issue of river pollution, this order came in an effort to prevent untreated wastes from being discharged into water bodies. A failure to do so would lead to the shutting down of these non-compliant industries.

Article by Ashish Bharadwaj on "Who is riding patent char(IoT) in India?" - ET Telecom

March 14, 2017

Using the international patent classification (IPC) system, we tried to get a sense of where the future of wireless communication is headed in India, and which companies are taking a lead.

Article written by Sabarish Suresh on "The Banality Of Nationalism" -

March 11, 2017

The nationalism narrative is harnessed to absolve us of any guilt…

Article co-authored by Sriroop Chaudhuri and Dhriti Viswanath on "Worthless waste that we produce" - The Statesman

March 10, 2017

While the world tears itself apart with raging debates over the drivers of climate change and projected impacts on sustainable human development, our waste just keeps piling up to turn development back a day every day. But issues of waste dig to the core of global policies such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDG: 2015-2030).

Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "The spectre of war" - The Indian Express

March 09, 2017

Trump’s policies will renew chances of a violent confrontation with Iran. This could strengthen hardliners and undercut moderates like Rouhani.

Article written by Sabarish Suresh on "The Politics Of Shit In India" - The Huffington Post

March 08, 2017

Three manual scavengers died this week in Bangalore, but who cares?

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Aditya Vora on "Game of ping-pong at the WTO" - The Statesman

March 08, 2017

In the most recent turn of events in the tussle over domestic subsidies between the United States and India at the World Trade Organisation, the US, on 21 February vehemently opposed India’s plea to formulate a dispute resolution panel. This plea continues the case that India filed at the WTO in September 2016. India alleged that the domestic content requirements and subsidies provided by eight US states contravened WTO law, and are very similar to those under the Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission (JNSM) that the WTO Appellate Body earlier held to violate WTO law.

Article written by Jhuma Sen on "Ramjas Clashes Exposed the Deadly Bias Among Our Policemen" - The Quint

March 07, 2017

Chants of “ABVP, why so creepy? Delhi Police, why so sleepy?” filled the air outside Khalsa College on 28 February, where thousands of students and teachers had gathered to protest.

Article written by Dr. Arup K. Chatterjee on "Strychnine at the Savoy: was Agatha Christie’s Mysterious Affair at Styles inspired by an Indian murder?" - The Conversation

March 02, 2017

Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was written more than a hundred years ago. It remains one of her most popular works.

Paper written by Tanushri More on "Loopholes in Extradition" - World Journal of Juristic Polity

March 01, 2017

This paper aims to trace the evolution of bilateral extradition treaties as the tools of enforcement for extradition. In the process it highlights the problems with bilateral extradition treaties. It elucidates some recent cases of extradition, such as that of Vijay Mallya to illustrate the existing problems with extradition treaties. Finally, it concludes by explaining the principle of 'Aut dedere aut judicare'  and bringing to light the role of United Nations in the supervision and enforcement of these bilateral extradition treaties. 

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Dushyant Kaul on "It Will Take More than a Prime Minister to Clean Up the Ganga" - The Wire

March 01, 2017

By putting the NGT in charge of monitoring the Ganga, the Supreme Court has highlighted the ineptitude of the central government, which has failed to take major action for more than 30 years, despite the constant reproach of the judiciary.

Judges of the Supreme Court of Hawai'i in the USA Appointed as Honorary Adjunct Professors of Jindal Global Law School - LiveLaw

March 08, 2016

Jindal Law Graduates Pursue Diverse Career Choices: JGLS Recruitments 2015 - The Hindu Business Line

March 05, 2016

Article written by Dr. Albeena Shakil on "Don’t cut M.Phil/Ph.D seats in JNU. It will stifle research" - Hindustan Times

April 27, 2017

The UGC regulations that call for ‘Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil/Ph.D Degrees’ have been implemented in JNUwith an uncalled-for haste. This has resulted in an 83% seat cut, undermining the intended quantity and access to research, especially for students from socially deprived sections and far flung areas of India.

Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "Erdogan’s Referendum Victory Has Left Turkey With an Uncertain Future" - The Wire

April 26, 2017

Erdogan’s referendum victory confirms that the AKP tried to disguise its Islamist identity under the banner of conservative democracy all along.



Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "A new face for French politics: What will the 7 May results mean for the country" - Catch News

April 24, 2017

Jindal Global Law School, India Runners-Up at Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna - Yahoo Finance

April 18, 2017

Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), India has been declared runners-up in the final round of the 24th Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot at Vienna, Austria. JGLS was the only Indian team from the quarter-final onwards and won 2nd prize in the international moot competition.

Article written by Prof. Dabiru Sridhar Patnaik on "Civilians as Human Shields: High Time India Declares it Illegal" - The Quint

April 18, 2017

The Indian Army using a human shield in Kashmir to evade stone-pelters has caught significant media attention, leading to a number of questions under the purview of national and international laws. What is the relevant body of international law that deals with the prohibition of using human shields, and under what circumstances are these conventions applicable? What is the applicability of such a law in India’s context? The Indian Army is deployed in the hinterland of Jammu and Kashmir for counter-insurgency operations. However, this particular incident in Budgam was certainly not related to a counter-insurgency operation.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz on "Challenge of reviving India’s great rivers" - The Statesman

April 17, 2017

India is experiencing an acute water crisis. Over the last two decades, this crisis has caused widespread agrarian distress, disrupted the rural economy, and rendered countless farmers distraught, leading a number into suicide.

Article written by Sabarish Suresh on "Why is Panjab University using sedition against students protesting fee hike?" - Daily O

April 17, 2017

Universities have become the biggest threat to the government it seems. After tumultuous, widespread movements at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Hyderabad Central University, Jadavpur University and other universities, Panjab University is the most recent entrant into the list.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Raghuveer Nath on "High-occupancy toll lanes will combat air pollution and foster a more disciplined driving culture" - The Hindu

April 17, 2017

Air pollution in India causes at least a million deaths annually. In Delhi alone, over 30,000 people die every year due to air pollution, the main causes of which are increasing road traffic and factory pollutants, and crop and waste burning.

Article co-authored by Aditya Swarup and Rajiv Jayaram on "Take a legal route" - The Tribune

April 15, 2017

A degree in law has become a popular choice for students from all streams as it opens up career options in the corporate sector, legal and administrative services, apart from practising in courts

Article co-authord by Shaun Star and Amit Dasgupta on "India-Australia relations: Education as the tipping point" - Hindustan Times

April 12, 2017

Building on the momentum of Prime Minister Modi’s 2014 visit to Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is currently on his maiden visit to India. Accompanying the Prime Minister is Australia’s Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham, and Vice Chancellors from Australia’s highest ranked universities, the Group of Eight. It should therefore come as no surprise that education is high on the agenda of this important bilateral visit.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Nitish Raj on "Clean energy in a ‘new’ India" - The Statesman

April 12, 2017

After gaining a landmark victory in the recent 2017 legislative assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, delivered a speech at the headquarters of his party. He emphasised once again developing a ‘new India’. If we go in accordance with the current level of pollution, global warming and greenhouse effect, the question that arises is whether future generations will ever be able to see that ‘new India’ or will it simply be taken as political rhetoric?

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz on "How Courts in India and the US Approach Transgender Rights" - The Wire

April 09, 2017

There is a need for judicial activism against outdated notions about the transgender community, and to uphold their rights to their own toilets.

A Different Theatre of Justice: Jolly LLB 2 - Economic and Political Weekly

April 08, 2017

Despite containing some characteristic Bollywood flaws, the film pushes viewers to question several axioms of our law and order system.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Pranay Modi on "Trump’s Budget Dismisses Climate Change and Social Welfare, Prioritises Rich Instead" - The Wire

April 07, 2017

Born out of a complete disregard for the poor and the state’s refusal to care for the destitute, the cuts proposed in the Trump’s budget are cruel to say the least.

Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "Dissent and Trumpisation" - The Indian Express

April 05, 2017

With the rise of populist politicians, the need for rebels in ideas and action in the Socratic tradition is greater than ever.

JGLS students are providing pro bono legal research for start-ups and others - Bench

April 04, 2017

Early last year, students from the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) started the Legal Entrepreneurship Cell (LEC), an initiative aimed at providing business advisory to early stage ventures, and pro bono advisory to Tibetan refugees, amongst other things.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Aditya Vora on " India’s quest for nuclear power" - The Statesman

April 03, 2017

To meet its energy requirement, India is currently looking at new locations to build up its nuclear power production. Nuclear power is currently India’s 5th largest source of electricity after Coal (61 per cent), Natural Gas (7.6 per cent), Hydroelectric (14 per cent), other renewables (14 per cent) and Nuclear (3.5 per cent). India aims to increase the percentage of nuclear power production in the overall energy supply to 9 per cent by 2026. It is part of India's plan to expand nuclear generation capacity to 63 gigawatts by 2032 from 6.8 gigawatts presently.

Article written by Dr. Arup K Chatterjee on "How communal really were Allama Iqbal and the two-nation theory?" - Daily O

May 29, 2017

Last year, an article on Allama Muhammad Iqbal almost went into oblivion. Ironically, it was on why "Iqbal was going out of fashion".


Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo interviewed post the Nonviolence and Peace conference held in Medellin, Columbia- Published in EAFIT - EAFIT

May 26, 2017

·        Ramin Jahanbegloo, director del Centro Mahatma Gandhi para Estudios de Paz, se encuentra en Medellín invitado por el Centro de Análisis Político de EAFIT.

·        Su mensaje de diálogo y reconciliación, como herramientas políticas de cambio, será transmitido hoy a 60 jóvenes de Medellín, en el taller de cocreación #Noviolenciatón.


May 25, 2017

Abstract: “Women’s economic status and social security is influenced by her ownership and control over immovable property. Since time immemorial framing of all property laws have been exclusively for the benefit of man. Devolution of property under family law is profoundly conditioned by historical legacies, statutory laws, personal laws as is evident in the development of succession laws of Canada and India. Though numerous notions of English succession law became part of both these countries due to prolonged colonial presence, with passage of time, these laws continued to evolve and differ from English law. This paper reflects the changes brought about by modern thought of equality and positive discrimination favoring women’s right to property in England, Canada and India. It also analyses the implication of existing statutory provisions, their judicial interpretations and desirous changes that could be brought to improve the social and economic conditions of women.”


Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "The reformist landslide" - The Indian Express

May 23, 2017

Iran is a key player at the heart of the Middle East and West Asia. Apart from its obvious strategic importance, Iran is also a self-declared defender of the Shia cause around the Islamic world. This being said, Iranian politics is difficult to manage, with a complex structure and a complicated reality on the ground. And Iranian decision-makers are well aware of this.

Article written by Dr. Arup K Chatterjee on "Railways' plan to hike lower berth fare for trains signals demise of a rich culture" - Daily O

May 22, 2017

Since this week, the ministry of railways has been considering increasing the fares of the lower berths in railway compartments, by 50 to 100 rupees.


Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Mitakshara Goyal on "Beef ban helps neither farmer nor cattle" - The Statesman

May 21, 2017

Pehlu Khan was killed last month in one of the numerous instances of the emerging trend of terrorism, ‘Gautankwad’.This indicates the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, designed to induce terror and psychic fear for political or religious purposes. It seems to be perpetrated by state actors who are supposed to condemn it. This obsession with cow protection seems to have emerged from the Hindutva culture. But one wonders how successful they can be in cow worship since India’s rural community seems unwilling to rear cows any longer.

Article written by Dr. Arup K Chatterjee on "Satyajit Ray's Sonar Kella: The train to a golden fortress that wasn't" - Daily O

May 19, 2017

To reiterate a cliché, the rail journeys themselves become the destinations, rather than simply being peripatetic wagons.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Kshitij Bansal on "Putting a global price on carbon" - The Hindu

May 16, 2017

A carbon tax is less likely to face political opposition while creating avenues for businesses and growth
We stand today on the brink of a long-term anthropogenic and ecological change, caused not by the forces of nature but our own exploitation of the planet’s resources. There is compelling evidence that climate change is the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen, and there is a large chance of a global average temperature rise exceeding 2ºC by the end of this century. It has also been established in various scientific studies that any such warming of the planet will lead to increased natural calamities such as floods and cyclones, declined crop yields and ecological degradation. A large increase in global temperatures correlates with an average 5% loss in global GDP, with poor countries suffering costs in excess of 10% of GDP.

Article by Ashish Bharadwaj on "Industrial revolution 4: The rise of the machines" - ET Telecom

May 10, 2017

Industrial Revolution 4: The Rise of the Machines For India, despite several challenges, the benefits of a slow but steady transition to 5G are colossal The transition to 5G is being heralded as a game changer. While the 4G transformed the consumer space for communication devices, 5G could revolutionize both the consumer and the industrial markets. The transition is pertinent to development of the Internet of Things (IOT) market, which will comprise millions of connected devices for the benefit of billions of people.


Article co-authored by Vishavjeet Chaudhary and Gursharan Singh on "Mission 2022: The Challenges in Doubling Indian Farmer Incomes" - The Wire

May 09, 2017

Raising productivity, reforming land policies and solving the remunerative price mess will require massive amounts of public investment and political will. Is the Modi government up to the task?

Book Review : The Decline Of Civilisation: A Threat To Social Order And What We Can Do - Jagran English

May 09, 2017

Is the rise of extremist and exclusivist ideologies, which assess the world by inflexible dogma, seem inclined to conflict over dialogue and monologue over conversation and loathe diversity and dissent, only a threat to the course of global civilisation or is already eroding its very concept?




Interview: ‘We’re Living in a World Where Utility Has Replaced Emapthy’ - The Wire

May 08, 2017

From a Clash of Civilizations, the global dialogue has moved to the fragility of civilisation as a concept in of itself. In a world where politics is influenced by actors such as ISIS or politicians like the US President Donald Trump, it seems difficult to understand what precisely keeps societies together and how they can communicate.


Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "Macron & the problems in France: Elections make history, but here's what comes next" - Catch News

May 08, 2017

French electors made history by choosing Emmanuel Macron with more than 65% of votes. And with that they made Macron the youngest president in modern French history.


Article by Saptarshi Mandal on "AN ‘OFFICIAL’ FAMILY: LAWS OF PARENTHOOD IN INDIA" - Firstpost

May 08, 2017

Editor's Note: A nation’s legal system is integral to how its citizens look upon issues that concern the country in general and their individual lives in particular. Despite having the world’s longest Constitution — not to mention, one that has gone through numerous amendments and the many directives by the Supreme Court that have secured the stature of de facto law, the Indian law books have struggled to evolve at a pace commensurate with the rapid changes society has undergone. As the load of being archaic becomes heavier on our law system, Firstpost introduces a 10-part series titled 'Letter of the Law' to push forward the debate on legal practices and the law itself. The series will explore a variety of aspects pertaining to Indian law through opinion and analyses.




Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Kshitij Bansal on "The Six Advantages of Imposing a Harmonised Carbon Tax" - The Wire

May 06, 2017

A carbon tax policy might not be a magic wand programme but it is also less likely to face political opposition and compromise while creating new sectors for businesses and growth.

JGLS graduates get internship, job opportunities at top firms - India Today

May 05, 2017

The graduating batch of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) this year has found internship and job opportunities with leading law firms, corporates, senior counsels, think-tanks, start-ups, and public policy organisations, among others.

Jindal Law School Students Receive Global Legal Internships - The Telegraph

May 04, 2017

The students of Jindal Global Law School have received opportunities to pursue global legal internships in the United States of America, United Kingdom, China, Australia and Abu Dhabi. They have been invited to work in international law firms, NGOs and government agencies besides being given an opportunity to work as judicial clerks with the Supreme Court of Hawaii.  

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz and Pratheek Reddy on "Refuge from the sinking islands" - The Hindu

May 03, 2017

We need an international forum to help small island nations threatened by rising sea levels
Tuvalu is a small island nation in the South Pacific and home to about 10,000 people. It is likely to be under water in less than 70 years. Due to the rising sea level caused by global warming, other low-lying island nations such as Kiribati, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Micronesia and Nauru are destined to suffer the same fate.

Foreword to 'The Decline of Civilization: Why We Need to Return to Gandhi and Tagore' authored by Romila Thapar - The Wire

May 03, 2017

In the forward to The Decline of Civilization, Romila Thapar argues that the current concept of civilisation is a partial understanding of a segment of the societies and cultures of the past, and thus a limited concept.

Article by Ashish Bharadwaj on "A robust IPR regime is necessary for growth" -

May 02, 2017

Innovators and entrepreneurs must trust the patent system for intellectual property rights (IPR) if they are to embark on risky innovation gambles.

O.P. Jindal Global University Inks Agreement of Cooperation With Pepperdine University - Business Observer

May 27, 2016

Jindal University Team Qualifies for the World Rounds of Herbert Smith Freehills Moot Court Competition - Free Press Journal

May 19, 2016

A First of its Kind Moot on IP and Competition Organised by Jindal University - The Telegraph

May 07, 2016

Wharton Business School, Jindal University and the American Society of International Law host the ICBEC - The Economic Times

May 05, 2016

Article by Dr. Arup K Chatterjee on "Are India and China heading towards a cold war over railways?" - Daily O

June 29, 2017

India and China have gradually wounded up for a very cold railway race to solidify their presence in Himalayan regions of Leh and Tibet, respectively. It is also a race to infrastructural arms that will have great impact on the Siliguri Corridor and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, in the foreseeable future.


Book excerpt of 'The Purveyors of Destiny: A Cultural Biography of the Indian Railways,' authored by Dr. Arup K Chatterjee - The Caravan

June 10, 2017

How The Indian Railways Became Integral To The Growing Nationalism In The Independence Era

Article by Dr. Arup K Chatterjee on "How the curry came to London (and why after the UK election, it may never taste the same again)" -

June 09, 2017

Article written by Dr. Arup K Chatterjee on "How Gandhi, a judge and a right to lavatory changed the Indian Railways" - Daily O

June 04, 2017

You cannot maintain,” wrote Karl Marx, in 1853, “a net of railways over an immense country without introducing all those industrial processes necessary to meet the immediate and current wants of railway locomotion.”


Article by Ashish Bharadwaj on "M2M and GSM are indispensable for IoT-enabled rural development" - ET Telecom

June 01, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT), a leap from the prevalent technology allowing devices to communicate with each other, can deliver a wealth of benefits that can potentially change the way electricity is used by communities. IoT is already touted as the fourth industrial revolution. Its potential is phenomenal even in rural areas where the need for connectivity (not just to the digital world, but to the mainstream in general) is greater. This holds true even for India. Rural India has specific characteristics that create challenges around quality of life, sustainability and wealth creation. The issues stem from the fact that populations tend to be small, often dispersed; where information flows through narrow and uneven channels; fragile economic activity base, and severely restricted access to digital infrastructure.


The Supreme Court’s detailed order on Justice Karnan reveals a lack of faith in its own procedures -

July 09, 2017


September 30, 2016

Laying waste to India - The Statesman

September 22, 2016

American Dreaming: Why USA needs a Martin Luther King Jr & not a Donald Trump - Catch News

September 22, 2016

Does India Really Need More Coal? - The Indian Economist

September 22, 2016

Should India curtail its dependence on coal for energy or power? The writers discuss the current state of India’s coal industry and question the goal of higher coal output.


India should aspire to be hub of neutral arbitration: SC Judge A K Sikri - The Economic Times

September 26, 2015

95 percent arbitration in India is ad-hoc' - Business Standard

September 25, 2015

O.P. Jindal Global University Hosts a 2 day Conference on Law and Liberty -

September 22, 2015

Philosophy and freedom: How to be a philosopher in today's cynical world - Catch News

October 20, 2016

We live in a time of widespread ethical relativism that has created an attitude of "anything goes" for the new generation. It's also a time that is witnessing widespread public scepticism about the critical role of philosophy.

Hawaii-India law school partnership offers opportunities for student exchanges - University of Hawaii News

October 19, 2016

A growing relationship between the UH Law School and a leading law school in India includes the start of a student exchange program for legal education, with the chance to evaluate similarities and differences in approaches to justice in both places.

India and the United Nations International Law Commission: Speaking Truth to Power - Bar & Bench

October 15, 2016

The International Law Commission (ILC) was set up under the UN Charter as a reflection of a long-standing historical commitment, dating back to international peace conferences in the late 19thcentury, towards creating an independent body of the most highly qualified experts, drawn from around the world, who would be tasked with the‘progressive development of international law and its codification’.

Article written by Prabhakar Singh "For the People" - The Telegraph

October 12, 2016

A colonially induced forgetfulness seems to be working between India and Pakistan. For now, the war drums have unfortunately, drowned the voices of the villagers fleeing the Line of Control.

The Banality of Politics - MEDIUM

October 10, 2016

Man is a“zoon politikon”, a political animal, wrote Aristotle, nearly 2,400 years ago. Yet, 24 centuries later, the desire to turn citizens into unquestioning, unaccountable and servile human beings has become the principal motive for the development of politics in the contemporary world. The rise of populist politicians around the world is harbinger of a worrying trend: zombified populations are marching to the order of big mouth demagogues, with little respect to or comprehension of the political process and practice.

The world at a crossroads: what is left of our democratic passions? - Catch News

October 06, 2016

The rise of the ultra-right in future elections in Europe and the drastic appearance of populist figures like Donald Trump in US politics represent a turning point in the history of liberal democracies around the world.

Pink is a Significant Film but its Understanding of Consent is Wrong - The Wire

October 04, 2016

The unfinished reform of selecting the United Nations secretary general - The Conversation

October 03, 2016

Article by Dr. Yashpal Jogdand on "Protecting the rights of minorities and dissident groups in India" - The psychologist

November 26, 2016

A group of social psychologists and activists in India and internationally have drafted an open letter to the Prime Minister of India, calling for protection of the rights of minorities and dissident groups in India.

The letter states: ‘As scientists who study how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are shaped by others, we are aware that such intolerance can have a long-lasting impact on India’s social fabric. India is one of the most diverse countries in the world, home to people of many ethnic, religious, caste, tribal groups and philosophic traditions. … a number of recent high-profile events have called into question the extent to which Indians can live lives unencumbered by intolerance.’

Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "Why Razing Hall of Nations and Nehru Pavilion Will be a Cultural Disaster" - Catch News

November 24, 2016

Nothing is more fragile, nothing easier to destroy than cultural heritage that is at the mercy of historical oblivion. When a nation has the consciousness to remember its immediate or distant history, it also has the courage to ask questions about its past and to respect its national heritage. If this is the case, then the first question would be: is respecting a cultural heritage an endpoint or is it the beginning of a real national reconciliation?

Article by Prof. Sushant Chandra on "Right way to be schooled" - The Tribune

November 21, 2016

Minority institutions, aided or unaided, must impart values that are consistent with equality of opportunity and social justice.
The dual idea of pluralism and diversity promotes accommodativeness in Indian democracy. Minority rights have evolved in the Constitutional discourse. The word "minority" evokes an imagination characterised by vulnerability and amenable to exploitation. The understated premise is the assumption of the majority trampling the minority, if given a free hand. To prevent this,  special protection was given to minorities under the Constitution to maintain plurality and the secular nature of democracy.

Article co-authored by Dr. Armin Rosencranz on "Surprise victory and what it may mean" - The Statesman

November 14, 2016

Donald Trump’s victory brings together a strain of factors that merit analysis. It is a surprise because the media did not expect it and the opinion polls led us to believe otherwise. The citizens of America, however, thought differently.
The very first factor is the rise of what intellectuals are calling populism. It is also being called a lurch to the protectionist right, with Brexit as an added example. But really, Trump’s win is the successful culmination of a business project that involved alliances with unions, associations, caucuses, clubs, coteries, and a lot of money.

Article by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "Lessons for democracy and common sense from the 2016 US elections" - Catch News

November 08, 2016

“Elections", Abraham Lincoln affirmed, "belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters."
Americans have faced the fire and are now paying for their decision with blisters. But voting is one thing; running a democracy is another.

Article by Dr. Armin Rosencranz on "The black spots in India’s coal story" - The Statesman

November 07, 2016

When Mohan Kumaramangalam, the then minister for coal, pressed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to nationalize Indian coal mines, he had not imagined how the Coal Mines Nationalisation Act of 1973 (Act) would turn into a Frankenstein in the 1990s. Most coal mines were nationalized and the National Coal Development Corporation morphed into the Coal Mines Authority of India Limited, which is now the holding company Coal India Limited.

Article written by Professor Vishavjeet Chaudhary on "Guilt of innocence & the burden of justice" - The Tribune

November 05, 2016

The killing of eight suspected terrorists has caused massive outrage and raised many questions. It is only with the benefit of time, and with thorough investigation that the truth will be uncovered (or at least a version of truth) will be uncovered. Yet, some fundamental, basic principles need to be settled before any such inquiry is set up, to tame the discourse of any such expedition.

Article by Prof. Jhuma Sen on "Ten years on, where does the Domestic Violence Act stand?" - Live Mint

November 02, 2016

New Delhi: He asked his mother kya isko khatam kar dun? (should I finish her off) when he thought I was sleeping,” she says. This was nearly five months ago. The question frightened her enough into moving back to her parents’ house.

Research Paper by SAMI AHMAD KHAN, Assistant Professor, JGLS - published in the US-based academic journal on "Science Fiction Studies" - US-Based Academic Journal

November 01, 2016

About the research paper: Sami A. Khan examines four SF novels in English by Indian writers who portray future Indias of nuclear detonations, fascist governments, zombie apocalypses, and futuristic wars. The paper frames these extrapolations as responses to specific historical events and draws linkages between the contemporary material realities of a developing India and the themes of these dystopian narratives.

Article co-authored by DR. Ramin Jahanbegloo "At the Crossroads:Innovation and Human Experience" - MEDIUM

November 01, 2016

The concept of innovation usually refers to the emergence of the novelty. Innovation, however, is more than the quality of being new, as incremental improvement can lay the claim to innovation. It can be argued that innovation is a unique human experience, often mistakenly innovation is attributed and limited to its outcome, usually as means and processes of creation.

Article by Ali Waris Rao on 'Demonetization: is it an illegal move by Modi government?' - IPLEADERS

December 27, 2016

The current initiative of the BJP-led government to declare certain currency notes to be no longer a valid legal tender has been questioned of late. The very reason behind the introduction of the said scheme has been to eradicate corruption and counter terrorism. Although, the introduction of the said scheme is a great initiative, but the question that one needs to ask oneself is the manner in which the scheme has been executed by the government.

Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "The Middle East according to Donald Trump (and Iran's role in it)" - Catch News

December 25, 2016

Now that Donald Trump's administration has found its final shape, guesses on the next president's policy towards the Middle East are giving way to serious plans.
The president-elect has labelled his Middle-East strategy as "a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past". The Trump administration is announcing a new policy that is different not only from the one followed by President Barack Obama, but also substantially distinguished from the one followed by the previous Bush administration.

Decriminalising S.377 Will Not End Homophobia & Transphobia: Interview With Oishik Sircar & Dipika Jain - Live Law

December 22, 2016

The Indian Supreme Court referred the curative petitions to reopen its 2013 decision in Suresh Kumar Kaushal v Naz Foundation to a five-Judge Constitution Bench in February this year. With the current chief justice retiring in January next year, and the next chief justice also having a very limited tenure of seven months, there is considerable uncertainty, and anxiety about when the Constitution Bench would be set up, and whether it could answer the principal plea of the petitioners to recognise their sexual freedom, in the near future.

The issue of guaranteeing freedom for India’s sexually marginalised– even if they constitute the “minuscule” minority as the Kaushal Bench chose to call them in order to justify its decision, not to decriminalise Section 377 IPC – seems to have, in the meantime, significantly influenced culture and politics, even while freezing its legal dimension. But this interface between law and cultures of activism has its not-so-apparent nexus with the neoliberal economy and state policies, which remains to be explored, and studied.

Interview of Prof. Oishik Sircar and Prof. Dipika Jain of JGLS on their new book, 'New Intimacies and Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times' featured in Live Law website - Live Law

December 22, 2016

The Indian Supreme Court referred the curative petitions to reopen its 2013 decision in Suresh Kumar Kaushal v Naz Foundation to a five-Judge Constitution Bench in February this year. With the current chief justice retiring in January next year, and the next chief justice also having a very limited tenure of seven months, there is considerable uncertainty, and anxiety about when the Constitution Bench would be set up, and whether it could answer the principal plea of the petitioners to recognise their sexual freedom, in the near future.

Meet the team from JGLS, winners of the ICC Mediation Competition (Regional Rounds) - Bar & Bench

December 19, 2016

Early this year, the team from Jindal Law School comprising Harsh Loonker, Siddharth Agarwal, Aman NL, Shivansh Malik and Suprotik Das qualified to participate in the annual ICC mediation Competition, Paris thorough a regional pre-moot held in NLSIU. In this e-mail interview, Bar & Bench talks to them about their journey at the competition.

Article written by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo on "Living on the fringes in contemporary times: a guide on how to be a marginal" - Catch News

December 10, 2016

Marginality is the outcome of urbanisation and industrialisation of modern societies. It is usually referred to as a transitional personality that is isolated and unprotected and is searching in vain for an opportunity to take root in a dominant discourse or culture.
However, being culturally marginalised describes the experience of a person who has been moulded by exposure to two or more cultural traditions. Such a person does not tend to fit perfectly into any one of the cultures to which they have been exposed, but may fit comfortably on the edge, in the margins of each by keeping his/her critical distance from both.

Article by Professor Saptarshi Mandal on "Do Personal Laws Get their Authority from Religion or the State—Revisiting Constitutional Status" - Economic& Political Weekly

December 10, 2016

What enables an obscurantist, patriarchal body such as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board to challenge the state’s authority to intervene in Muslim Personal Law is  uncertainty over the constitutional status of personal laws, that is, does the authority of personal law come from religion or the secular state. However, what eventually came to be known as “Hindu and Mahomedan laws” were creations of the colonial state following a complex process of rationalisation, rather than a simple codification of religious commands.
Shayara Bano’s constitutional challenge to the practices of triple talaq, polygamy and nikah halala, currently before the Supreme Court (SC), has raised a larger question: can the secular state be held accountable for violations caused by the operation of religious personal law? Closely related to this is the fundamental question of the constitutional status of personal laws: What is the source of authority behind personal laws in India? Is it religion or is it the secular state’s law-making power?


December 01, 2016

Los principios básicos del liberalismo político (derechos y libertades fundamentales, régimen representativo, estado de derecho, división de poderes) y, sobre todo, la concepción de la vida como libertad fueron ideas que nutrieron el ideario de José Ortega y Gasset desde su juventud.
Su concepción del liberalismo se fraguó con las influencias de varios autores, de Constant a Tocqueville, de Giner a Unamuno, y distintas tradiciones occidentales y españolas. Ortega fue evolucionando desde un liberalismo social, en la órbita de la renovación del liberalismo que se planteó en todo el mundo a principios del siglo XX, hasta un liberalismo más conservador a partir de los años treinta.

Article by Avirup Bose on "Don't lose sight of the big picture" - Business Standard

December 01, 2016

The recently released World Bank ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rankings, where India has made an embarrassingly low improvement by a single rank, despite robust efforts made by the federal government, provide us with an opportunity to introspect if the government’s efforts are in the right direction. Very early in the tenure of the Modi government, the prime minister had openly committed to adopt policies that will catapult India within the top 50 ranks of the World Bank index by 2017. Based upon the 2016 rankings, this has clearly not happened. India currently ranks 130 among 190 countries, which are ranked by the World Bank and also holds the lowest rank among its BRICS peers.
Since the release of the ranking, there has been a flurry of news stories fretting over India’s relative bad performance. Members of the federal government have expressed doubts that the World Bank has not taken into account several of the reform efforts initiated over the past year and fairly, the Bank claims that it needs to wait for the effective implementation of the proposed/launched reform measures.

Article by Prof. Sachin Dhawan on "Demonetisation and the Crisis of Parliamentary Oversight" - The Wire

December 01, 2016

The government’s demonetisation drive has sparked a row with the opposition, which has spilled over into the ongoing winter session of parliament. As the recent debate-free passage of the Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill indicates that the government is deploying every possible means to quell the rising din of critical voices. At the same time, the opposition’s desire to probe the government’s actions and question its proposals is very much in line with our most cherished political values. During the Constituent Assembly debates, principal drafter B.R. Ambedkar extolled the virtues of the legislative scrutiny of the executive, stating that “the daily assessment of responsibility…is…effective…and far more necessary in a country like India”. He wanted India to break free of the colonial legacy of impotent legislatures cowering before an all-powerful executive. So he decided to make the executive answerable to the legislature by adopting the parliamentary system of government.

Jindal Initiative on Research in IP and Competition Organizes National Consultation Workshop on Standard Setting and Innovation in (ICT) Sector -

December 22, 2015