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  The legal legacy of free speech and expression is a prolific site to assess a nation’s democratic reality with its constitutional imagination. In present times, where forms or criticism, protest or dissent are dubbed as “anti-national”, seditious or offensive – where censorship and suppression tend towards the norm rather than the exception – such …

Image Courtesy: Musee des Beaux-Arts (Lyon, France) Colonialism, as we’ve understood it, was the domination of the ‘weaker’ by the ‘superior’. The aggressor panned out and descended on the aggrieved — a forceful takeover, one that was predominantly geographical. In today’s Brexit referendum, the world witnessed a new avatar of the colonial urge — one that …

    “Today India recovers her soul after centuries of serfdom and resumes her ancient name”, enthused an editorial in the Hindustan Times on the 26th of January 1950. “Hail our sovereign republic… A day of fulfilment… Good wishes from far and near… Rejoicings all over.” 66 successful years as a republic, we have much …