Thulasi K. Raj
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Thulasi K. Raj

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The Right to offend

Any ‘deeper’ importance of religion does not give us a good reason for making an exception to our free expression. Religion has to comply with democracy, not the other way around.

Deccan Herald / October 2018

Ways to read the Constitution

Therefore, in essence, the Sabarimala case is a test case not only for freedom of religion and women’s rights but also for constitutional interpretation. It presents to the court an exemplary opportunity for an alternative reading of the Constitution.

The Hindu / August 2018

This too is a right: the right to sexual privacy

The present challenge to the law on adultery is significant for various reasons. One of them certainly is that it is perhaps the first occasion where the privacy judgment in Puttaswamy is going to be doctrinally and forensically tested.

The Hindu / January 2018

Judiciary Must Not Support Unbridled Executive Power

The contemporary understanding of democracy is guided by constitutionalism, the idea that the actions of the state can only be in compliance with the prescribed constitutional limitations. Taking cue from the US courts, the Indian judiciary must appreciat

The Wire / April 2017

Take Parliament Seriously

The majority cannot simply preclude discussion and public scrutiny. Democracy means more than periodic voting. We should reject popular majoritarianism in favour of constitutional democracy as the structure of the Indian Constitution demands.

Deccan Herald / April 2018

Privacy as a Public Value

Whatever the Supreme Court might decide on the issue, the present case invariably has far reaching implications on India’s constitutional law and politics for the years to come. The Court seems to be siding towards a liberal approach to constitutional int

Bar & Bench / July 2017

State on the other side

The current pattern of governmental approach to rights shows opposition to individual rights. Perhaps, one cannot expect an executive that is politically averse to personal liberty to be a strong defender of constitutional rights in law courts.

The Hindu / September 2017

Temple entry: An issue of gender rights

The public interest litigation before the Supreme Court challenging prohibition of entry of women of menstrual age from the Sabarimala temple raises intriguing questions on religious freedom and gender justice.

Deccan Herald / February 2016

‘Free Speech’ Dimension Of Justice Karnan Gag Order.

I will argue that this prohibition of publication has a three-dimensional effect on the freedom of speech and expression: first, on Justice Karnan himself, second, on the press and third on the general public, at large.

Live Law / May 2017

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