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The Alternative Law Forum

January 2015

Free Speech Journal

The Free Speech Journal is an illustrated discussion of the history of the freedom of speech and
expression in India. It was a part of Nirankusha: Fearless, Speak held in November 2014. Feel free
to download, distribute and use...read more and get the Journal

Ultranationalism: A Proposal for a Quiet Withdrawal

ALFs Lawrence Liang explores ultranationalism in this article.


He questions the confines of its aesthetics and the depth of its political will...read the article

Dignity First: One Year of Resistance to Re-Criminalisation of LGBT Lives

11 December 2014 marks one year of Re-Criminalisation of LGBT lives by the Supreme Court of
India. This booklet is the product of the collective labours of a number of people including those
who testified about their lives, those who collected the narratives, those who protested the
judgment of the Supreme Court in ways both big and small as well as those who finally sought
to capture these experiences. Since the authorship has such diverse and multiple sources, it is
best described as the collective work of the Coalition for Sex Workers and Sexuality Minority
Rights (CSMR). Get the Booklet

Five reasons why media monopolies flourish in India

Smarika Kumar shares her views on the strong hold


of media monopolies in India, and whether there is a possible end .... read the article

Book Review: Kenji Yoshino, A Thousand Times More Fair:


What Shakespeares Plays Teach Us About Justice
"Turning to the chapter on Othello, I further relished Yoshinos evincing of parallels
with the trial of OJ Simpson how novel, I remember thinking..." - Danish Sheikh read
the article

Heavy hand not sole option in IS cases Denmark breaks lock-em-up ranks
The arrest of the Bangalore tweeter and the charge of waging war against an Asiatic ally come
at a time the western world has been wrestling with the dilemma of how to treat youngsters
swayed by extremist ideologies and whether to give them a second chance. Lawrence
Liang said it was unfair to treat anyone like a terrorist from the word go. There has to be... read
more

Experts

Slam

Goonda

Act

Overreach

If you are a frequent user of the Internet, you could now be booked under the Goonda Act and
thrown into prison for up to a year before your case is brought up before the
magistrate. Darshana Mitra gave an elaborate account of the history of preventive detention laws
in India, tracing it back to ...read more

Experts

pick

holes

in

charges

against

Mehdi

City police seem to have added one too many sections in the FIR against Mehdi Masroor Biswas,
owner of pro-Isis Twitter handle @ShamiWitness. Lawrence Liang says: Its important that the
interpretation of the Act is closer to what courts say and not what police do in day-to-day
functioning. The court, as proved in ...read more

Alternative Law Forum with collaborative networks and


organisations
Discriminating Buses: Bus Mobility in Bengaluru
Janasnehi Bussigaagi is a bus festival organized by Bengaluru Bus Prayaanikara Vedike
(BBPV), as part of its efforts to reach out to public and build conversations around the bus and
the city...read more

Protest Against Recriminalisation of Homosexuality at Town Hall


On December 11, 2014, we mark the first anniversary of the judgment delivered by the Supreme
Court in Suresh Kumar Koushal v. Naz Foundation, recriminalizing the intimate lives of LGBT
persons. Anniversaries of great moments of injustice are occasions to pay homage to a
struggle, to remember those who have sacrificed their lives and happiness to a cause and to
remember ordinary people who have been victims of grave and continuing injustice...read more

Heavy hand not sole option in IS cases Denmark breaks lock-em-up ranks
The arrest of the Bangalore tweeter and the charge of waging war against an Asiatic ally come
at a time the western world has been wrestling with the dilemma of how to treat youngsters
swayed by extremist ideologies and whether to give them a second chance. Lawrence
Liang said it was unfair to treat anyone like a terrorist from the word go. There has to be... read
more

Experts Slam Goonda Act Overreach


If you are a frequent user of the Internet, you could now be booked under the Goonda Act and
thrown into prison for up to a year before your case is brought up before the
magistrate. Darshana Mitra gave an elaborate account of the history of preventive detention laws
in India, tracing it back to ...read more

Experts pick holes in charges against Mehdi


City police seem to have added one too many sections in the FIR against Mehdi Masroor Biswas,

owner of pro-Isis Twitter handle @ShamiWitness. Lawrence Liang says: Its important that the
interpretation of the Act is closer to what courts say and not what police do in day-to-day
functioning. The court, as proved in ...read more

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