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On Indianness: #Throwback to a long-forgotten tradition

“आनोभद्राःक्रतवोयन्तुविश्वतः” – Rig Veda(Let noble thoughts come to me from all directions.)
(In honour of the 5000-year old culture that taught me to de-contextualise and de-personalise every piece of wisdom.)The India that we get to see today came into being only in 1947, and later.
Prior to that, the whole landmass that we refer to as India was never a part of a single empire, never had a uniform governance, evidently had a high-degree of socio-cultural as well as geographical diversity, and seemingly had no single feature which can be found to be common across the subcontinent. And yet, not only the outer world recognised this whole landmass as one, but the people inside somewhere had this feeling that they’re one – they belong to one!
Interesting, but how?
The whole subcontinent, throughout its history, no matter how diverse it was in its socio-cultural and political affairs, has always had a common essence – a common signature trait that was rare in other contemporary civilisations…

Do we still need feminism?

With a dozen of stories on women entrepreneurs being aired on the news channels on a regular basis, large number of women employees flooding the white-collar jobs, and equally large number of bold women coming out and raising their voices for their rights, it is easy to think that we have achieved a great deal of socio-economic gender equality, if not political yet, and do not need feminism any more.
The question is, is it so?
I beg to differ.
Let’s start from the roots. What does feminism mean, first of all? The Oxford Dictionary defines it as the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of sexual equality. Now, leaving aside my opinion that I’m intending to pen down through this article, if feminism is really the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of sexual equality, that naturally implies that it’d never get old.
Revolutions must never rest, and the fight for rights must never end, if we want a balanced society, as observed by countless political philosophers. And via analogy,…

A Short Guide to Citation of Authorities

© Anshuman Sahoo 2018.  Free for mass distribution as long as the source is mentioned.
The quality and quantity of authorities cited to support a statement is one of the determining aspects that defines the reliability as well as the acceptability of a statement. Be it a memorial, a research paper, or an assignment article towards a law school grading, the importance of citing authorities remains undisputed. Given the importance of citing authorities, this also remains a fact that citation of authorities has always been a confusing and misleading thing. Deciding where to cite, why to cite, and which ones to cite are often difficult decisions a law student has to face. With an endeavour to put an end to this, the current article deals with two basic questions: why do we cite authorities, and which ones are worth citing. First, why do we cite authorities? We cite authorities to support our claim about something, as authorities have the ability to strengthen or weaken a claim. Strictly analy…

Legal Issues Surrounding Cloud Computing

With the explosive growth of innovations in the Information Technology industry, the Legal provisions are currently lagging behind and desperately looking for ways to cope up with the never-seen-before advancements. Cloud computing, being one of such recent advancements, have raised a number of legal issues including privacy and data security, contracting issues, issues relating to the location of the data, and business considerations.
The abovementioned issues are the primary ones faced by almost all the nations across the globe. However, when it comes to the Indian scenario, a number of additional complicated issues are faced by India owing to lack of awareness and lack of resources. With the ‘Digital India’ initiative in the news, it is obvious that more and more individuals and organisations will be using online services and infrastructure via the Cloud in the near future; and it is therefore necessary to analyse our position thereon and discuss whether our legal system is ready fo…

A journey called Law School: Few words for the newcomers

Law school has its own ways to teach us the needed, regardless of our consent or interest thereto! However, gradually, through the ups and downs of our journey, it seems that while there are some things that we can change, there also exist some things that need to be accepted. I have had my fair share of ‘law school experiences’ to enable me to write this piece. However, I cannot guarantee that you’ll be having the same experiences through your journey. Therefore, inapplicability regretted. So, shall we start? 1. You’ll be facing tough competitions. Yes, cutthroat competition. You’ll compete with unfaithful friends and sincere enemies. Be prepared to be betrayed, used, and knocked out. However, don’t let this affect you. Everyone you meet in Law School isn’t your competition, but a potential ally. Learn to build meaningful relationships. Remember, legends don’t compete, they collaborate! 2. You’ll be having not-so-competent teachers teach you. We all face it. And not just here, it’s …

Information and Development: Connecting the dots

Note - Following is an excerpt from a Guest Lecture by Anshuman Sahoo at Jagan Nath University, Haryana in February 2017 on 'Information, Development, and Blogging - A short talk'.


In the dense reserved forests of Sundargarh in Odisha, India, lives one of the most ancient tribes of the Indian subcontinent, the ‘Paudi Bhuinyans’. Shy and reserved by nature, and total strangers to the modern technologies, they are considered to be one of the most underdeveloped communities in the country. I was sent there by an organisation to conduct some field study regarding the impact of some recently enacted legislations on their day-to-day lives. However, I went a step ahead and contacted some local NGOs to work towards various community rights in the locality. Within a month, there was a visible difference. Almost all the villagers had got the title of their land rights, had written receipts for every transaction they had with government officials, and formed associations within themselves …

Children's Rights in the Cyberspace

With the ever-growing boundaries and impact of cyberspace in our daily lives, it becomes really important to define jural relations in this domain. The following slide makes an attempt to summarise the various rights available to the children while exploring the wild contours of the cyberspace.


Inter alia, it makes an attempt to interpret certain articles from the UNCRC to fit into the definition of cyber-rights. It concludes with a note that the best solution is to better-enforce the existing rights by reinterpreting them in the light of the emerging cyber-jurisprudence.




Children's rights in the cyberspace from Anshuman Sahoo