Justify - a podcast on law and politics in India

Justify - a podcast on law and politics in India

By Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy
Season 1 of Justify will see discussions on the Supreme Court judgments in Ayodhya, Sabarimala, RTI and the Supreme Court, deep constitutional issues like Kashmir and the basic structure doctrine, the opportunities and challenges for Chief Justice Bobde besides a special episode with a Supreme Court judge.
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Episode 10 - A PIL too far?
On the tenth episode of Justify: A PIL too far? ft. Anuj Bhuwania Round Up the procedural aspects of the Nirbhaya case. Why have the convicts not been hanged yet? What is the cause of this inordinate delay? [starts at 1:08] Deep Dive into Public Interest Litigation jurisprudence in India. What was the genesis of this novel form of adjudication? Where is it headed? A critical analysis awaits. [starts at 11:28] Listen in to a Tete-a-tete with Anuj Bhuwania, the author of “Courting the People”, the seminal treatise on PILs. The conversation focuses on Mr. Bhuwania’s experiences while writing the book and his opinion on the present status of PILs. [starts at 15:58] As always, write to us at justify@vidhilegalpolicy.in with the answer in our weekly legal quiz CLATTER, and stand a chance to win a thousand rupee Amazon voucher. Last week’s winner was Pankaj Yadav and the right answer was the Gilgit Scouts from Jammu and Kashmir.
51:00
February 11, 2020
Episode 9 - Blackout
On the ninth episode of Justify: Blackout - the Kashmir Internet Shutdown judgement. Round Up cases from the last days of January: (i) Desh Raj v Balkishan, where the SC upheld the legality of striking off the right to file a written statement when the litigant causes unexplained and inordinate delays; (ii) KM Singh vs Speaker, Manipur, where the SC directed the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly to decide pending defection-disqualification applications within 4 weeks; (iii) Hanuman Laxman Aroskar v Union of India, where the SC struck a perfect balance between the development agenda and environment protection, by ensuring a proper Environment Clearance process; and (v) a significant development from the Allahabad High Court, where the State government was directed to furnish data on the number of deaths caused in the anti-CAA protests in the State on 20th December. Deep Dive into the Kashmir Internet Shutdown judgement delivered on January 10. Understand what the court held and why the judgement is seemingly an abdication of the court’s duties. Listen in to a Tete-a-tete with Chintan Chandrachud, the author of “The Cases that India Forgot”. The conversation focuses on the Kashmir Internet Shutdown judgement and brings forward nuanced perspectives on the constitutionality of the government’s actions as well as the propriety of the judgement. As always, write to us at justify@vidhilegalpolicy.in with the answer in our weekly legal quiz CLATTER, and stand a chance to win a thousand rupee Amazon voucher. Last week’s winner was Jeevitha M N, and the correct answer was the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.
47:30
February 4, 2020
Episode 8 - Women and the Republic
Republic Day Special! On the eight episode of Justify: Women and the Republic. Round Up important cases from the first few days of January: (i) the underwhelming response from the SC in the Kashmir Internet Shutdown judgement; (ii) the West Bengal Madarsa case, where the SC ruled on the rights of minority education institutions; (iii) Balakrishna Ram v Union of India, where the jurisdiction of the Armed Forces Tribunal was clarified; (iv) National Commission for Protection of Child Rights v Dr. Rajesh Kumar, where the SC highlighted the importance of non-politicization of child rights; and (v) a judgement from the Tripura High Court, where a public servant’s right to attend political rallies was upheld. Deep Dive into Seven Reforms at Seventy - judicial reforms that are necessary 70 years on from the formation of the Constitution. Understand why the phrase ‘higher judiciary’ might not be the most appropriate; why women need more representation at the Bench and why the SC needs to be restructured. Listen in to a Tete-a-tete with former Supreme Court judge, Justice Ruma Pal. Follow her journey - and her experiences as a woman - from Nagpur to Oxford and eventually to the Supreme Court. Also listen in for her opinions of judicial appointments and accountability. As always, write to us at justify@vidhilegalpolicy.in with the answer in our weekly legal quiz CLATTR, and stand a chance to win a thousand rupee Amazon voucher. Last week’s winner was Ramesh KC, and the correct answer was Gina Miller and the Brexit case.
47:29
January 27, 2020
Episode 7 - Sentinel on the Qui Vive
Listen in for succinct and well-researched perspective on the state of our courts - what they did in 2019, what are the challenges it faces and what is the way forward!
48:55
January 11, 2020
Episode 6 - The Illusion of Institutional Autonomy
Justice Gautam Patel joins us for a very special episode this week. Tune in to hear what he means by 'institutional autonomy' and why it is central to liberal democracies. Also, understand why he feels that the judiciary must develop a new standard for judicial review.
39:15
December 26, 2019
Episode 5 - Article 370 and Schrödinger's Cat
Tune into a conversation between Dr. Arghya Sengupta and Kevin James and Akshat Agarwal, research fellows at Vidhi, as they discuss the legal intricacies of the abrogation of Article 370 and why the eventual judgment by the SC will possibly be the most landmark constitutional law judgment in the last 15 years. Do participate in the legal quiz to win a gift voucher.
46:30
December 18, 2019
Episode 4 - A Richer Union of States
Tune into a conversation between Dr. Arghya Sengupta and Bibek Debroy as they critically analyse the federal structure of India in terms of tax and revenue; and discuss the Centrally Sponsored Scheme, Planning Commission, Seventh Schedule and the possibility of reorganisation of states. Participate in the quiz to win a gift voucher.
44:15
December 11, 2019
Episode 3 - The Troubled Beginnings of Kashmir
Tune into a conversation between Dr. Arghya Sengupta and Vidhi's Research Fellows Jinaly Dani & Pranay Modi as they discuss the legal aspects of Kashmir's exercise of autonomy.  Participate in the quiz to win a gift voucher. 
48:30
December 3, 2019
Episode 2 - Faith, Not Law
Tune into an intellectually stimulating conversation between Dr. Arghya Sengupta and former Law Minister Salman Khurshid as they discuss the SC judgement in the Sabarimala Review petition.  Do participate in the legal quiz section to win Amazon gift voucher!
48:00
November 26, 2019
Episode 1 - The Temple of Complete Justice
Tune into a conversation between Dr. Arghya Sengupta and Dr. Aparna Chandra from NLU Delhi as they discuss Ayodhya judgement’s implications on secularism.Does the judgement walk the talk on being secular? What role does the SC see for itself in regulating religion? Does the final order of land for the mosque being allocated away from the disputed site further or derogate from justice, equity and good conscience? Do participate in the legal quiz section to win Amazon gift voucher. 
52:30
November 19, 2019