articles by Vani Subramanian

Opinion

Delhi gangrape: With courts evoking 'collective conscience' in handing death penalty, it's time we examined our own

When the French sociologist David Émile Durkheim articulated the concept of the ‘collective conscience’, he made it a point to say he wasn’t defining it as a shared moral conscience between people. But maybe it’s time that we did. Especially in the case of a punishment as final as the death penalty.