Avani Bansal (for Info only, not official)

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Avani Bansal

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    ...Many perceived this to be an overt act of racism and a response to the demands of the student protesters. Protests gathered new momentum and students occupied a lounge in the main academic building of HLS. They questioned the administration on the fundamental source of discrimination, unchanged attitudes over centuries, the curriculum design, in fact the very seal of HLS itself that reeked of slavery. No one could describe any of this as anything short of ‘politics on university campus’, except in the best sense of the word. It represented an awareness of systemic discrimination at the topmost law school and a willingness to engage and fight it out through peaceful means. Seeing some of the top minds, having different positions, engage in debates and jostle for space for their ideas was everything that ‘politics on university campus’ is made up of. ...

    TOI on Oct. 28, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...This article is about the legal profession, which continues to be a bastion of a few privileged and powerful families. Be they advocates or judges, there is a trend whereby the children and grandchildren of senior advocates and judges continue to thrive while first generation lawyers find the entry barriers extremely high and the chances of success tilted against them. This is not to say that no first generation lawyers join or thrive in the legal profession – there are enough who prove that this can be done. However, no one who is part of the legal profession can deny the absence of a level playing field between first generation lawyers and those who come from a family of legal professionals. There are three systemic obstructions worth pointing out, most pronounced in litigation as opposed to corporate firm practice. ...

    TOI on Sept. 14, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...There are different versions of this story but it marks an interesting role of sexual desires in the most immortal of beings including the Originator himself. The reference to sex continues in different Hindu mythological stories in apparent and yet subtle ways. So Lord Ganesh is born without sex between Shiva and Parvati. Lord Krishna’s wives have to deal with a thousand and more gopis. And Draupadi, the heroine of Mahabharata, had five husbands. These stories make a fascinating read and have a great weight of spiritual messages encoded in them. Yet, without anyone ever explaining these messages, young girls and boys grow up with a twisted notion of sex and how our history deals with it. ...

    TOI on May 19, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...Since i would rebel most times, she would wash them herself and then take a shower. The rules on taking a shower – ‘the ritual bath’ were also laid down with surprising detail. For instance, after completing the bath (usually with a bucket and mug), i had to pour some water from the top of my head to mark the ‘completion’ of the ritual. Also, it was necessary that i washed my hair (shampoo or soap) and didn’t just wet my hair. After the bath, my mother would give me a new towel and pair of clothes and now i was clean to touch everything else at home. ...

    TOI on Feb. 17, 2017, 2 a.m.