Drafting freedom to last

The Magna Carta's past and present influences

When England's barons forced their King to sign the Magna Carta in 1215, it was an attempt to wrest absolute power from the monarch by his wealthiest subjects, those who already held position and fortune. It was by no means an equality drive, intended to spread rights to the common folk, but every journey begins with a single step, and every action has unintended consequences.


Out of the shadows

“We had tongues, but could not speak. We had feet but could not walk. Now that we have land, we have the strength to speak and walk,” said a group of women quoted in Ritu Menon’s article discussing why ownership of land has started to shift the power balance in India.

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