Former lawyer and activist Nandita Haksar, who has set precedents through her work in human rights cases in India, will be speaking at the Museum of Goa on December 1. The talk titled ‘Faith, Identity and the Indian Constitution’ Haksar’s will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will include a question and answer session with the audience.
Haksar will deal with some of the major conflicts of our recent past: the occupation of Kashmir, the Indo-Naga conflict, and the Babri Masjid case to illustrate the complex relationship between politics, religion and the law.
In a time rife with questions of identity facing every Indian citizen, the judiciary of India has come into the spotlight on more than one occasion this year. Haskar will address the role of the law or the constitution in dealing with these conflicts, and reaching a resolution within our secular framework. Haksar previously represented Naga leaders and people in cases involving human rights violations by the Indian Armed Forces; she has represented Kashmiris accused of being involved in terrorist acts and has taken up cases of refugees, migrants and women. Haksar today writes for national news outlets.