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From the release of NRC (National Register of Citizens) in Assam to the mortified number of fake encounters in Uttar Pradesh, this clearly wasn't the year of human rights for India. As the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) celebrated its silver jubilee this year, a look on where the commission stands when it comes to providing succour to the sufferers. While one can surely not complete the number and nature of human rights violation cases observed in India in a breath or 10, what remains important is the selective silence observed by the commission in cases of mass violations? In addition, an interview with Praveen Jain, the news photographer whose photographs finally brought justice to the victims of Hashimpura Violence. Also, we dissect the issues, struggles and the overall situation of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) with former LIC and SEBI Chairman Ghyanendra Nath Bajpai. Plus: All our regular features with a report on the controversy surrounding the question of legalising cannabis in India.
Legal Notes, the latest addition in the Newsline Publications group, proposes to bring a fresh perspective to legal issues. On any given day, there could be 40 different items in the news with respect to courts – right down from the Supreme Court to the district court on a range of issues from Blue Whale to NEET to Love Jihad and Blackberry messages. It’s as bewildering as it is exhilarating. In fact, it’s liberating that in this democracy of ours we have the ability to debate agree or dissent as we continue our march onwards. Legal Notes will seek to assess, analyse, debate and dissect how the business of law impacts our lives in a hundred different ways. LN hopes to record the business of law each month for your reading pleasure.