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Jurisprudence of the judicial rubber stamp

Context In August 2019, amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (“UAPA”), India’s signature anti-terrorism legislation, allowing the Central government to designate individuals as “terrorists”, caused a furore. Critics warned that vesting such sweeping powers in the hands of the political executive would prove to be a recipe for abuse, and for political and social… Continue reading Jurisprudence of the judicial rubber stamp

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Putting accident victims at the centre of vehicles law

Introduction It is well known that India is one of the most accident-prone countries in the world, accounting for nearly 1,50,000 deaths — 10% of all motor vehicles-related fatalities worldwide. However, the debate often revolves around how to minimize road accidents by incorporating deterrents into laws and ignores the interests of the victims. Motor Vehicles (Amendment)… Continue reading Putting accident victims at the centre of vehicles law

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India and Russia: Ties in Transition

Context Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Vladivostok, Russia on a two-day visit to participate in the 20th India-Russia annual summit and the fifth meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF). The EEF is a forum which, since 2015, has been trying to push for the development of business and investment opportunities in the Russian Far East… Continue reading India and Russia: Ties in Transition

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Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 and the related issues

Context The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill that seeks to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, was passed by the Parliament in August. UAPA provides special procedures to deal with terrorist activities, among other things. Key amendments: To designate individuals as terrorists on certain grounds provided in the Act. The Bill empowers the Director General of NIA to… Continue reading Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 and the related issues