GS-3, Uncategorized

Rethinking Water Management Issues

Background In December 2018, NITI Aayog released its ‘Strategy for New India @75’ which defined clear objectives for 2022-23, with an overview of 41 distinct areas. In this document, however, the strategy for ‘water resources’ is dull and unrealistic as the successive National Water Policies (NWP). Effective strategic planning must satisfy three essential requirements. One, acknowledge and analyse past… Continue reading Rethinking Water Management Issues

GS-3, Uncategorized

Co-operative Banking in India

Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed restrictions on withdrawals from Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, which triggered a panic among bank customers. It has brought to the fore the issue of riskiness of banks, especially co-operative banks and the need to restore confidence among customers. Cooperative Banking A Co-operative bank is a financial entity… Continue reading Co-operative Banking in India

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Second Informal Summit between India and China

The second informal summit (Mamallapuram summit) between leaders of India and China is scheduled to take place on October 2019. At Wuhan summit 2018, both sides agreed that such informal meetings will be held regularly to propel the future direction of India-China relations. These informal meetings are aimed at ensuring higher levels of strategic communications between India and China.… Continue reading Second Informal Summit between India and China

GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

Sedition Law

Recently, a lower court in Bihar directed the filing of an FIR under section 124A (Sedition) of IPC against 49 eminent persons who signed an open letter to the Prime Minister of India expressing concerns over mob lynching. This court decision warrants an urgent and fresh debate on the need to repeal the sedition law. Historical Background of Sedition… Continue reading Sedition Law

GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Re-imagining: Cognizable Offences

Since one is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the criminal justice system is often faced with a dilemma that is, honouring the individual’s right on one side and effective law enforcement on another side The ideal criminal law would need to empower police to arrest suspects. However, this power must be qualified, so as to… Continue reading Re-imagining: Cognizable Offences

GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Sikkim CM’s disqualification

Context The Election Commission of India (ECI) has cut short, the disqualification term of Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang. It has reduced Golay’s disqualification period from six years to one year, making him eligible to contest the bypolls. Background Tamang was convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act for misappropriating ₹9.50 lakh in the purchase of… Continue reading Sikkim CM’s disqualification

GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

A test for judicial review in India

Context The United Kingdom Supreme Court in its judgment has decided that the prorogation of parliament by the Queen of England, acting on the advice of the Privy Council, was unlawful on the grounds of parliamentary sovereignty and democratic accountability. By doing so, the U.K. Supreme Court asserted its majesty in the constitutional framework and… Continue reading A test for judicial review in India

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Miles to go before becoming open defecation-free

Context October 2nd 2019 was Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, it was also the anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Speaking in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared India “open defecation-free”. Definition Open defecation free is broadly defined by the absence of visible faeces in the environment. What is the government’s strategy? To achieve its goals under… Continue reading Miles to go before becoming open defecation-free

Uncategorized

UK’s Constitutional Crisis

A defiant Boris Johnson (United Kingdom’s Prime Minister) has vowed to take the country out of the European Union next month, despite suffering an unprecedented legal defeat over his Brexit strategy in the Supreme Court. In a sweeping rebuke to the Prime Minister, Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that Johnson broke the law when he decided to suspend Parliament for five weeks… Continue reading UK’s Constitutional Crisis

GS-2, Uncategorized

Menstrual Hygiene

Menstrual hygiene continues to be amongst the most challenging developmental issues that women face today, especially in the developing countries like India, the mindsets, customs and institutional biases prevent women from getting the menstrual health care they need. Menstruation is a natural and healthy biological process for women, in spite of this, it is still considered a taboo… Continue reading Menstrual Hygiene