Ujjawal Krishnam

September 19, 2018
Lovely Kumar Grover, an M.Phil student living at Gwyer Hall University of Delhi is not being given hostel accommodations even though his submissions have been extended till 2019.   The constant intimidation-and-torture of a handicapped student by the DU Hostel administration is beyond belief. Authorities with their vested interests are on the way of crushing dissenting voices and sadly...
September 14, 2018
“The real celebration of culture and art is dwindling each day. If we don’t realise that gatherings like Ganesha Chaturthi provide us with a podium to spread the essence of brotherhood, then it is a collective loss.” Close view: Ashok Ajmeri “Art,” Ashokbhai Ajmeri says, “is an integral segment of our culture.” Ajmeri’s idols, known for their large sizes, are famous...
September 6, 2018
It is not the question of stifling dissent, it is the question of gagging those standing for destitute.   Image: AFP Stan Swamy, in his opinion piece, on August 1, questioned the value of dissent in India. He has now been raided by Maharashtra Police in connection with Bhima-Koregaon violence. His question still remains intact,” I raise my voice for Adivasis, am I a Traitor?”...
July 23, 2018
The growing ill-educated pool in our country despite being literate, alert us. There is no complete solution to heinous crimes like mob violence unless inclusive efforts are invested.   On July 17, 2018, a three-judge bench led by CJI Dipak Misra, agreed that it was an obligation of the state to protect citizens and maintain the pluralistic social fabric of the nation against lynching...
June 27, 2018
Letters exchanged between Jawaharlal Nehru and Rabindranath Tagore remember Indira and her work at Shantiniketan The act of conspiracy and lust for power coupled together can spell a disaster for the minimum balance in a developing democracy like ours. A conspiracy theory is not only funny, it sometimes proves to be dangerous, it may invite hate, sometimes violence and can also catalyse...
June 14, 2018
Our apex has ruled that there must be tolerance towards unpopular utterance but it also marked a line between obscenity and freedom of expression. We shouldn’t forget while practising our ultimate constitutional rights that our constitution also expects us to perform some minimum duties to maintain social integrity. There exists a wide gap between a pure free speech and an offensive...
June 12, 2018
On his death anniversary, we recount some unheard court moments on his most objectionable ‘Naked Painting,’ branded by Hindutva fundamentalists as ‘Bharat Mata,’ that resulted into the most cited ruling on the expression of art. The controversial artist is the one who touches exceptions and portrays the theme in its natural way. This has also been a social perception towards art maestros...
June 11, 2018
Right from protecting MF Husain’s art, Perumal Murugan’s book and quoting the exactly right words from world literature, Justice Kaul is a crusader for the freedom of expression. Image Courtesy: Live Law It has been a decade since the landmark judgement on MF Husain row was delivered squashing the brutality of Section 292 of Indian Penal Code(IPC), 1860 and it all differentiated between ‘...