Indira Jaising is Co-Founder of The Leaflet.
Indira sees law as a means to achieve social change. It is what she has built her career on.
As a Senior Advocate and a renowned human rights lawyer at the Supreme Court of India, she has been at the helm of fighting scores of historic cases that deal with the disadvantaged and the downtrodden. Amongst the many firsts commemorations, she was not only the first woman to be designated Senior Counsel at Bombay High Court but also the first woman Additional Solicitor General in the country. She was the Distinguished Bork Visiting Professor at Pen University in 2015. In 2009 she became the first women to be appointed Additional Solicitor General of India She was the first Indian woman elected as an expert member of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly.
Being a woman herself she has a particular interest in gender justice, she believes the personal is the political.
Indira’s understanding of personal laws through a gendered lens reflected well in her work. She has always taken a strong stand against discriminatory practices against women both in the personal and the public realm. In the Sabrimala case, she argued for securing the rights of menstruating women to enter the temple. She represented Rupan Deol Bajaj is one of the first cases of sexual harassment at the Indian workplace. She represented a woman district court judge who was sexually harassed by a High Court Judge. In 2018 she was named one of the top 50 Global Leaders by Fortune Magazine.
Time and again, she has called out discriminatory behaviour against women in courts.
She is committed to legal journalism in defence of the Constitution.
Anand Grover is Co-Founder of The Leaflet.
As a Senior Advocate practicing in the Supreme Court he has worked on a wide array of social issues.
He is also well-known for his legal activism and his commitment to protecting human rights.
Anand’s proactive work in the field of health rights has been recognised internationally. He was appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (Right to Health) by the UN Human Rights Council 2008-2014. He presented 14 reports on different aspects on the Right to Health to the UN as also reports on 9 country missions that he undertook.
He has argued several cases of human rights and public importance including in areas relating to HIV (MX v ZY).
His intervention and challenge to Section 3 (d) of patent law ensured access to affordable medicines in India (Novartis v Union of India). He has argued in the patent linkage case of Bayer v Union of India and successfully defended against a challenge to the compulsory license issued for the manufacture of a kidney-cancer drug in Bayer v. Natco.
One of his most celebrated engagement has been his work towards securing the rights of same sex relations, including the striking down of law criminalizing same sex relations (Naz Foundation v Union of India, Navtej Johar v Union of India). He has also argued for striking mandatory death penalty on second conviction in cases of drug use (Indian Harm Reduction v Union of India), sex workers rights and so on.
He has filed amicus briefs in the Kenya High Court and the Colombian Supreme Court. He was also invited by the Brazilian Supreme Court to argue on the constitutionality of law criminalizing abortion.
He is also the Commissioner on the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
Prof. Ritu Dewan is the Executive Director of The Leaflet.
She is the Vice President of the Indian Society of Labour Economics; former President of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies; the first woman Director of the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai; founder-member of the Feminist Policy Collective; founder of the first Centre for Gender Economics in Asia; Visiting Professor at the Institute of Human Development; National Executive member of Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Budget Governance and Accountability.
Ritu has authored over 170 publications including 40 books and monographs on Development Economics, Gender Economics, Rural and Urban Development, Infrastructure, Labour Markets, Environmental Displacement and Peace Studies.
She was a member of the Feminist Economists’ Group for Engendering the 12th and 11th Five Year Plans appointed by the Planning Commission.
Ritu is Consultant to UNDP, UN Women, ILO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Wildlife Fund and Action Aid, apart from several state governments especially for budget training and capacity building.
Her research focus which interlinks academics, advocacy and action, is the result of issues related to the marginalised.
Ritu is an avid reader, traveller, film buff, and, most of all, truly loves and enjoys what she does.
Roshmi Goswami is a Director at The Leaflet.
Roshmi is associated with several feminist and human rights organisations.
She is the present co-chair of South Asians For Human Rights (SAHR), a human rights platform conceived and founded by the most eminent human rights defenders of South Asia.
Roshmi has served as a member of the Governing Board of the US-based Urgent Action Fund which supports women human rights defenders across the world. She is a founder and Board Member of Urgent Action Fund-Asia Pacific, Advisory Board member of LSE’s UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice & Security Hub, Board member of Centre for Economic and Social Rights, New York, and founder member of the National Alliance of Women.
Ramesh Menon is the Editor-in-Chief of The Leaflet.
He has been an active journalist for the last 43 years. He has worked with leading media houses like The Times of India, India Today, Business India Television, TV Today, rediff.com, and so on.
He is a recipient of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Madhavankutty Gold Medal for Journalism. He has been involved in the making of numerous documentaries on environmental and social issues.
He has authored six books that range from caste and communalism to lighthouses of India. His last one was, “Modi Demystified-The Making of a Prime Minister published by Harper Collins.
He has produced numerous documentary films that deal with the environment and social issues.
As a trainer in soft skills, he has held workshops for numerous corporate houses and institutions.
Ramesh is presently Adjunct Professor, Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune and the Course Director, Creative Writing, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication, New Delhi.
He has lectured at numerous universities and loves being with students because of their vibrancy and questioning minds. He is presently working on a novel that deals with contemporary anachronisms of India.
Megha Katheria is a legal researcher turned journalist and a sub-editor at The Leaflet.
She is a post-graduate from the School of Law Governance and Citizenship at Ambedkar University Delhi and secured her law degree from NALSAR University of Law.
As a feminist, Megha is interested in the intersection of caste and gender. In past, she has worked in research and advocacy for women’s rights with Majlis Legal Centre in Mumbai. She has also worked on policy frameworks during her engagement with Koan Advisory and judicial reforms at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.
She is passionate about social justice. She reads and writes on constitutional morality and Ambedkarite philosophy with a hope to unravel Ambedkar’s legal mind.
Megha’s work as an animal rescuer translated into her examination of the legal personhood of animals and natural entities for her master’s thesis.
In her free time, Megha can be found playing with many dogs that are under her care. She dreams of living in a less concrete and more loving world of co-existence one day.
Paras Nath Singh
Paras Nath Singh is a lawyer and assists Senior Advocate Indira Jaising in the Supreme Court of India. He is also a Research Associate and a regular contributor to The Leaflet.
A post-graduate from the National Law University, Odisha, Paras graduated in law from the Aligarh Muslim University. His areas of interest include Transparency laws, Constitutional law, and Administrative law.
Paras has assisted Indira Jaising in numerous constitutional matters particularly in relation to women’s right to enter into the Sabarimala temple, the challenge against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the civil rights of Parsi women on marrying a non-Parsi.
Paras has to his personal credit a ruling by the Central Information Commission (CIC) directing all Central Universities to upload on their website the agenda and minutes of their executive council meetings.
He also argued in person before the Delhi High Court which ruled that a file noting by a junior officer to their superior was not third-party information and was therefore subject to disclosure under the RTI Act.
Paras is an animal lover and nostalgic about the time when, instead of a keyboard, he used to use a pencil.