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Verdict 2016

A woman at a building meant for women to stay during menstrual period at Narasipura-Gollarahatti in Arasikere taluk

Hype over Pad Man but India's Menstrual Woes Continue

R. Sujatha and R. Gopinath

Menstrual hygiene, an essential building block of a woman’s health, suffers wanton neglect in India’s public discourse. Though public policies are in place, the progress made by India’s government, private, and civil society sectors is not in sync with the nation’s aspiration to be a global economic superpower. R. Sujatha, consultant on gender issues, and R. Gopinath, development economist, critique the steps taken, call for an overhaul in the approach, and emphasise the need for all segments of society to be involved to find effective solutions to the most fundamental of issues confronting girls and women in India.

The shadow of a polling officer marking the index finger of a woman voter with indelible ink before she casts her vote, inside a polling booth, in Varanasi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. The third phase of the seven-phased elections in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous and politically crucial state, is being held Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

‘One Nation-One Poll’ and the Quest for Political Hegemony

Smita Gupta

Simultaneous elections to the State Assemblies and the Lok Sabha is an idea that prioritises convenience over democracy and representation. Its implementation will disturb the critical balance between the States and Union, encourage authoritarian impulses, and vest extraordinary powers in the President. Smita Gupta, Senior Fellow, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, argues that holding all elections at one time will require extensive amendments to the Constitution which carries the risk of damaging its basic structure.

People shouts slogans to demand ban on Bollywood movie Padmavat near the Central Board of Film Certification center in Mumbai, India, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Disguising Cowardice as Honour: The Many Padmavats

Swapna Sundar

The film 'Padmavat' glorifies mass suicide by Rajput women as a mode of voluntary death that confers honour on the community. Historical precedents of mass suicide provide evidence that mass suicide in the face of certain military defeat, is the result of careful preparation and coercion. Is the mass suicide committed by Rajput women in the film Padmavat a voluntary and honourable act, or did they succumb to military coercion and propaganda? Swapna Sundar, Public Policy Scholar, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, takes a step back from the rabble of protests to throw the spotlight on the patriarchal and militarist thought processes throughout history that reframe defeat as honour and deprive women of their agency over life.

Caption:- KRISHNAGIRI TAMIL NADU 07-09-2016 KA08 Central Water Commission checking Biligundlu (1).JPG {News pix}Central Water Commission staff inspecting water level at Biligundulu in the wake ofKarnataka releasing water in Cauvery on Wednesday.Photo: N.BashkaranEOM

Supreme Court has differed from the Cauvery Tribunal on fundamental issues: Mohan Katarki

S. Rajendran

Mohan V. Katarki, the Karnataka Counsel on inter-State river water disputes in the Supreme Court and tribunals is a specialist in river water matters. Apart from that of Karnataka he is fighting the river water disputes of Kerala, Punjab and Orissa.

In this interview with S. Rajendran, Resident Representative, Karnataka, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, Katarki speaks at length on the vexed Cauvery issue fought primarily between the States of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and opines that the recent verdict of the Supreme Court will be cited in the federal water disputes and international water disputes around the world. The judgment is a great contribution to the law governing the riparian rights.

Fifty-Eight year old Katarki after handling both civil and criminal cases, has a specialised practice in Inter-State Water Law concerning sharing or allocation of waters between States of inter-state rivers. Among others, he represents Kerala in the Mullaperiyar dam dispute, the State of Orissa in the Vansadhara Water dispute and the State of Punjab in the Ravi Beas Water dispute.

Katarki has served as a Member of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (2005-2008). At present, he is a member of the Advisory Board, Karnataka State Law University Students Law Review and the Board of Management and Planning, Karnataka State Law University. In 2009 he conducted a Single Credit Course in International Water Law for LLM students at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti flanked by Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and O P Rawat announces the schedule for Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland assembly elections, at a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist (PTI1_18_2018_000035B)

Nagaland’s Cycle of Slogans, Elections, and Elusive Solutions

Along Longkumer

As Nagaland heads for the polls to the State Assembly on February 27, 2018, an enduring solution to its decades-long crisis remains elusive despite a peace process that has gone on for two decades. Along Longkumer, journalist and author, places the issues relating to the peace process, the need for greater transparency, and the relationship between the Nagas, elections, and their expecations of Indian Union in perspective.