Legal Policy

Completing 75 Years of Independence: what does the future hold for India

As we will be celebrating our 75th year of Independence (Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav), it seems fit to take a look back and assess our journey until now, the hits and misses and the way forward. The Indian democratic experiment, from its hard-fought struggle for independence to eventually an independent republic in 1947 and over …

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Liquor Prohibition Policy: the Need for a National Policy

According to the national survey on the extent and pattern of substance use in India (2019), over 160 million people consume liquor and 29 million people are dependent on it. Additionally, 29 million people consume low-grade/hazardous liquor. And, more than 60% of liquor consumed in India contains spirit i.e., Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and …

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The Chilling Effect on Fundamental Rights: Constitutional Morality vs Social Morality

Incidents Of Restrain The judgement of the Sabrimala Case, upon which the spiritual values of many were hung, was pronounced in September 2018. Even after a couple of years down the line, some of the primary questions of law that were intrinsic to the case mandate a re-visit. Amongst other issues, the case attempted to …

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Know Your Laws: Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act

Drug Regulations in India In recent years, drug addiction has emerged in many ways across society, and substances like cannabis and opium being used for spiritual and medical purposes in India escalates the problem. Since this problem is inextricably linked with other crimes, such as organized crime, human trafficking, and money laundering, as well as …

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Regulatory Enigma Surrounding Online Gambling Sector in India: Challenges and Way Forward

Introduction: History of Betting and Gambling in India and the Emerging Scenario India has had a dated relationship with gambling activities, with some claiming the mention of gambling in Rig Veda to be the most primordial allusion to gambling in the whole world. “These nuts that one tossed on tall trees in the wind But …

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An Entrenchment Less Understood

Competition Law in India needs more nuance in the investigation of ‘Abuse of Dominance’ in digital markets Price based aspects of competition, have traditionally dominated the discourse on competition. With the advent of digital markets, and the consequent significance of non-price-based characteristics however, this discourse becomes ineffective for economic regulators. Data and privacy have become …

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Understanding the Implications: Grievance Redressal Mechanism under the IT Rules 2021

The Grievance Redressal Mechanism (GRM) proposed in the recently published IT rules, 2021 has a stated objective of consumer protection. The outcomes of this however, may be vastly divergent from as intended. Here I attempt to unpack the new Grievance Redressal Mechanism through the lens of Polycentric Law. The Grievance Redressal Mechanism under the IT …

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