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Belling the cat

Belling the cat

For all their shallow calls for ‘civilian supremacy’, it is difficult to feel sorry for our political class. Updated 26 Aug, 2022 09:05am
Dear litigants…

Dear litigants…

We lawyers are a professional mafia unlike any other, who, with astonishing regularity beat up or threaten judges and court staff. Updated 07 Jul, 2022 08:53am
Who gets to protest?

Who gets to protest?

It is not principle but political expediency that determines who gets to protest and who does not. Published 09 Jun, 2022 08:26am
Lessons from slavery

Lessons from slavery

What lessons should we, as humankind, extract from our uncomfortable relationship with slavery? Published 19 May, 2022 07:42am
Beyond the law

Beyond the law

General after general torpedoed our democratic process, irreparably retarding its natural development. Updated 22 Apr, 2022 06:15pm
‘Missing’ in Pakistan

‘Missing’ in Pakistan

The law cannot protect them, because the state has placed the person beyond its reach. Published 11 Mar, 2022 08:24am
Judicial raj

Judicial raj

In the past decade or so, we have seen some mind-bending jurisprudential gymnastics. Updated 23 Dec, 2021 08:00am
Perceiving gender

Perceiving gender

Expressions of gender nonconformity are shamed and demonised. Published 27 Nov, 2021 07:07am
Casualties of war

Casualties of war

As we ruminate over the consequences of America making a mockery of international law, it is equally important to take an inward Published 17 Sep, 2021 07:15am
Walk in their skin

Walk in their skin

Like most other liberties, the right to religious freedom is a two-way street. Updated 19 Jul, 2021 10:36am
Anti-poor bail

Anti-poor bail

Our bail regime is antiquated, anti-poor and built on questionable foundations. Published 27 May, 2021 06:46am
Muzzling the media

Muzzling the media

The harsh truth is that our media operates in a dangerously negotiated space. Published 29 Apr, 2021 06:48am
Before darkness comes

Before darkness comes

It is time for course correction; the state must develop a counter-narrative. Updated 29 Mar, 2021 08:38am
Divorce and disparity

Divorce and disparity

The process is far more complicated if you are a Muslim woman. Updated 19 Mar, 2021 08:35am
Scandalising the court

Scandalising the court

The judiciary is accountable to no one other than themselves and a free press remains the only bulwark against its excesses. Updated 15 Feb, 2021 08:09am
Chained to the rivers

Chained to the rivers

There are many state actors who must shoulder the blame for their present condition. Updated 18 Jan, 2021 08:23am
Descent into fanaticism

Descent into fanaticism

If we have come to the point of venerating premeditated murder, where are we truly heading? Updated 15 Nov, 2020 08:06am
A draconian proposal

A draconian proposal

One thing that stands out is the brazen attempt to create a bizarre and novel offence altogether. Published 12 Oct, 2020 07:41am
With nothing in her name

With nothing in her name

Why should she be compelled to knock on the doors of her children, with nowhere to turn to? Published 12 Sep, 2020 07:01am
In the name of honour

In the name of honour

It is time to reimagine our conception of honour that is based on centuries-old ideas. Updated 25 Sep, 2017 09:59am