Constitutional Law (Books and Journals)
- Studies in Indian Politics From Nbr. 1-1, June 2013 to Nbr. 8-2, December 2020
In the Hindutva Heartland: Bharatiya Janata Party’s Superficial Democratization in Gujarat
This article examines Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s hegemony in Gujarat by studying the changes inaugurated by the party in the caste profile of Gujarati political elites. I showcase the transition of BJP from a party of elite castes to a limited accommodation of a few Hindu backward castes, especially under Narendra Modi’s chief ministership. However, I argue that the recruitment of Hindu...
- Reflections on Teaching–Learning in Gandhi Studies
Book review: Sudha Pai (Ed.), Constitutional and Democratic Institutions in India: A Critical Analysis
Sudha Pai (Ed.), Constitutional and Democratic Institutions in India: A Critical Analysis. Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan. 2020. 504 pp. ₹1350. ISBN: 9789352878468
In the Name of Cow: Legal–Constitutional Discourse and the Contours of Contemporary Indian Politics
The issue of cow preservation is predominantly seen as a battle between communal/orthodox and liberal/secular ideologies represented by Hindu nationalists and Congress, respectively. In this schema, Hindu nationalists projected themselves as protectors of cow, while Congress seemed to oppose such proposals. The question of how both regimes used cow as a significant symbol for strengthening their...
- From Fieldsite to ‘Fieldsite’: Ethnographic Methods in the Time of COVID
Communal Violence in Twenty-first Century India: Moving Beyond the Hindi Heartland
Using communal violence data between 2006 and 2017, this study challenges the idea that communal violence is primarily an issue in the Hindi Heartland. The data demonstrates how Karnataka and West Bengal are also witnessing rising levels of communal violence. The study goes on to take a closer look at the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka and West Bengal. It demonstrates how a
- Methods in a Time of Crisis
Governance and Electoral Integrity: Evidence from Subnational India
This article presents the findings of perceptions of electoral integrity survey for subnational elections in India between 2015 and 2017. The perceptions of electoral integrity survey is an attempt to provide a comprehensive, impartial and independent source of information derived from experts about elections conforming to internationally recognized principles and standards. The article then...
BJP’s Ideological Hegemony: Combining Religious Conservatism and Nationalism
This article explores popular support for two key dimensions of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s recent ideological dominance in Indian politics. We examine public opinion on assertive nationalism and religious conservatism. The article analyses data from an individual-level survey conducted among voters across 12 states across the country in 2018. We find that public opinion is largely sympathetic...
Governance, Public Service Delivery and Trust in Government
Several studies in the past show that the work done by the incumbent government helps the ruling party to get re-elected. However, most of these studies focus on re-election and do not look at the impact assessment of governance on trust in government, which is a precursor of re-election. To fill this gap, this article explores whether perceptions of good governance lead to trust in government....
School Choice and Implementation: Survey Evidence Across Indian States
Research on implementation of basic services points out that the upwardly mobile seem to be exiting the public system for private alternatives, straining the capacity of the public system to serve the poor. But is this national narrative representative of implementation across the various states in India? Based on questions of school choice from a national survey, we argue that respondents’...
Book review: Gautam Bhatia, Offend, Shock, or Disturb: Free Speech Under the Indian Constitution, Abhinav Chandrachud, Republic of Rhetoric: Free Speech and the Constitution of India and Anushka Singh, Sedition in Liberal Democracies
Gautam Bhatia, Offend, Shock, or Disturb: Free Speech Under the Indian Constitution. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. 2016. 347 pp. ₹750. ISBN: 9780199488643 Abhinav Chandrachud, Republic of Rhetoric: Free Speech and the Constitution of India. Gurgaon: Penguin Viking. 2017. 383 pp. ₹599. ISBN: 9780670090013 Anushka Singh, Sedition in Liberal Democracies. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. 2018
Historical Burden or Lacking Effort? Caste Perceptions of Dalit Socio-economic Conditions
Why do some upper caste respondents view Dalit socio-economic conditions as a consequence of a lack of effort by Dalits, while others see it as a consequence of systematic discrimination and exclusion of Dalits from opportunities across generations? What explains this variation? This forms the central question I explore in this article. Two commonly held explanations for much of the observed...
- Special Section on Politics and Society Between Elections
Book review: Amit Ahuja, Mobilizing the Marginalized: Ethnic Parties without Ethnic Movements
Amit Ahuja, Mobilizing the Marginalized: Ethnic Parties without Ethnic Movements. Delhi: Oxford University Press. 2019. 238 pp. ₹550. ISBN: 9780190916435
The Effect of Affect: Friendship, Education and Prejudice in India
Intergroup relations are fundamentally based on the idea of ‘us’ and ‘them’, and this categorization has driven political loyalties and social ties in India, particularly the relations between Hindus and Muslims. Contemporary nationalist politics have often combined patriotic love for the country along with suspicion of minorities, particularly the Muslims. Given the history of tense relations...
Book review: Pradip Ninan Thomas, The Politics of Digital India: Between Local Compulsions and Transnational Pressures
Pradip Ninan Thomas, The Politics of Digital India: Between Local Compulsions and Transnational Pressures. Delhi: Oxford University Press. 2019. 231 pp. ₹995. ISBN-13: 9780199494620 (In “Media Dynamics in South Asia” series edited by Adrian Athique, Vibodh Parthasarathi, and S. V. Srinivas)
- Lockdown Anthropology and Online Surveys: Unprecedented Methods for Unprecedented Times
How Law Responds to Technological Development?
Law and technological development must go hand in hand. The speed of technological development must be balanced with a fast legal response. Laws that are not quick in responding to technological developments can certainly result in weak regulations and even a legal vacuum in the technology development sector. The technology industry in the fields of financial technology (fintech), online...
Talent Pool on The Appointment of Directors of PLN (Persero) Viewed from Good Corporate Governance
Talent Pool on the appointment of BUMN Directors that has been implemented at this time still leaves problems. This research aims to know how the application of the Talent Pool on the appointment of Directors of PLN (Persero) viewed from Good Corporate Governance and the implications for compliance and performance aspects. The research method used in this study is a normative juridical approach...
The Critical Study of the Omnibus Bill on Job Creation Based on John Rawls View on Justice
This study aimed to analyze the critical study of The Omnibus Bill On Job Creation based on John Rawls view On Justice. The Government and the House of Representatives ratified the Omnibus Bill on Job Creation through a plenary meeting on October 5, 2020. This is more focused on improving economic growth or investment but does not pay attention to increase the protection and competence of human...
Covid-19 and Human Rights: The Capture of the Fulfilment of Rights During the Covid Outbreaks
Fulfilment and protection of human rights in all aspects is a form of Constitutional Rights for Citizens that must be fulfilled by the State. Basic human rights also under no circumstances can be reduced even deprived. However, the fact is, human rights regulated in various laws and regulations in Indonesia have not been maximally implemented. The fulfilment and protection of human rights also...
Death Penalty for Corruptors in Indonesian Human Rights Perspective
The death penalty for corruptors, gaining a place in Indonesia's positive criminal law. As a country that makes Pancasila an ideology, it is interesting to be reviewed in this paper on the existence of the death penalty for the corruptor from a human rights perspective in Indonesia. Therefore, the author raised two issues, namely the first, how is the death penalty for corruptors in Indonesia's...
Understanding Geospatial Intelligence and the Challenges of Effective Counter-Terrorism Strategy: A Case Study of Nigeria's Boko Haram Challenge
Nigeria is faced with a number of security challenges that have threatened the existence of peace and security in the country. These threats to public safety and national security have greatly undermined the government primary responsibility of guaranteeing public safety and national security. The intractable challenges posed by Boko Haram makes a good case for the above assertion. This work,...
Legal Reform for the Fulfilment of Disabilities Human Rights
The legal reform requires the fulfillment of disabilities human right is very important as a basis for strengthening the footing, so as to be able to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of persons with disabilities without discrimination by upholding human value and dignity based on the Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution of the Republic Indonesia. The purpose of this study is to...
Politics of Law for the Protection of Debtors as Consumers in Fintech based Loaning Services
This study aims to analyze legal protection related to technologybased lending and borrowing services. The research method used is normative legal research, with a statutory approach, namely an approach using legislation and regulations, and a conceptual approach that refers to existing legal doctrines. The data collection technique used was a literature study. The results show that legal...
Electoral Regulation in Indonesia: Is It Modern Law?
This research tries to discuss modern law and its character which is elaborated through a review of Law No. 7 of 2017 on Elections. Through conceptual and statutory approaches, this research tries to examine the concept of modern law based on the benchmarks of ideas put forward by Max Webber, Marc Galenter and Charles Sampford.. The results of this study show that it is quite difficult to...
- An Overview of Longitudinal Research Designs in Social Sciences
Book review: Raheel Dhattiwala, Keeping the Peace: Spatial Differences in Hindu–Muslim Violence in Gujarat in 2002
Raheel Dhattiwala, Keeping the Peace: Spatial Differences in Hindu–Muslim Violence in Gujarat in 2002. Cambridge University Press. 2019. 193 pages. ₹695.
- Role of Visual Rhetoric in Teaching and Learning Political Science