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About Vijay Nagaraj

Vijay is an independent researcher interested in law and society, geographies of social control and social movements.

Articles by Vijay Nagaraj

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Global Human Rights: For futures unlike the past

Vijay K. Nagaraj responds to Aryeh Neier, criticising his construction of social justice. Neier’s discomfort with mass mobilization, he argues, reveals an uncomfortable truth about the global human rights movement. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights.

India’s secret executions: necropolitics and government by stealth

India’s democratic futures lie with a sovereignty whose essence is freedom and imagination, not one driven by power, amoral sentiment and a death wish, argues Vijay Nagaraj.

Yes to ending violence against women, but no to the ‘zero tolerance’ route

The problem with the use of 'zero tolerance' in public discourse is that it makes for good populist politics and rhetoric which generally translates into regressive and ill-informed public policy, especially in the area of criminal justice, says Vijay Nagaraj.

How far have Human Rights advanced when poverty is so widespread?

If the measure of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable, then societies everywhere have cause to be ashamed. In a changing and dramatically unequal world, the global human rights system must prove its worth, says Vijay Nagaraj

Urban militarism: excluding the 'disordered'

The coupling of revanchist logic with the new military urbanism is creating citadels of political and economic power from which the poor and 'disordered' are excluded. Stephen Graham in conversation with Vijay Nagaraj

Indian constitutional democracy: a freedom in crisis

Declining political morality and increasing moral policing are suffocating the rule of law in India, shrinking spaces for civil dialogue and threatening freedom of speech, says Vijay Nagaraj

Human rights, fundamentalism, power and prejudice

International human rights law is not a sufficient basis for responding to religious fundamentalism. Fundamentalisms are about power as well as prejudice, Vijay Nagaraj tells Cassandra Balchin.
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