GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2

Uniform Civil code — the debate, the status

Last week, while hearing a matter relating to properties of a Goan, the Supreme Court described Goa as a “shining example” with a Uniform Civil Code, observed that the founders of the Constitution had “hoped and expected” a Uniform Civil Code for India but there has been no attempt at framing one. What is a Uniform Civil… Continue reading Uniform Civil code — the debate, the status

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Jammu And Kashmir: Article 370 Scrapped

(1) Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, (a) The provisions of Article 238 shall not apply in relation to the State of Jammu and Kashmir; (b) The power of Parliament to make laws for the said State shall be limited to those matters in the Union List and the Concurrent List which, in consultation with the Government of… Continue reading Jammu And Kashmir: Article 370 Scrapped

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

The power to certify

The Hindu Context Recently, the Aadhaar Bill and the Finance Bill were passed as Money Bills, though they may not have met the strict criteria laid out in the Constitution. This meant that the Rajya Sabha had only a recommendatory role while discussing these Bills. While the Speaker has the power to determine whether a… Continue reading The power to certify

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

SC upholds law on criminal defamation + A disappointing verdict + Speak no evil

What happened? The Supreme Court has maintained the constitutional validity of Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalise defamation. Section 499 defines defamation Defamation.—Whoever, by words either spoken or intended to be read, or by signs or by visible representations, makes or publishes any imputation concerning any person intending to harm,… Continue reading SC upholds law on criminal defamation + A disappointing verdict + Speak no evil

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

Uttarakhand: The way forward

The Union government suffered a major setback with Uttarakhand High Court quashing President’s rule in the hill state and directing ousted CM Harish Rawat to prove his majority on April 29th. The HC had also upheld the disqualification of 9 rebel MLAs observing that they have to pay the price for constitutional sin of defection.… Continue reading Uttarakhand: The way forward

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

Not a court of everyday appeal

Article Link How? National Court of Appeal (NCA) By establishing a more robust judiciary National Court of Appeal (NCA) Establishment of a National Court of Appeal (NCA)  would act as an intermediate forum between the Supreme Court and the various high courts of India. It  would relieve the Supreme Court of the weight of hearing… Continue reading Not a court of everyday appeal

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

Show Me The Money (Money Bill)

Article Link The Lok Sabha has cuccessfully passed the Aadhaar Bill that aims to ensure targeted services to intended beneficiaries by assigning them unique identity numbers. These numbers will be given to each person who has stayed in India for 182 days in the year preceding the date of application. The government, having seen the… Continue reading Show Me The Money (Money Bill)

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Internal security, Uncategorized

Section 124A should stay

There’s a strong case to retain Section 124A. Chapter Six of the IPC section 121 to 130 is titled “Offences against the state” which included the offences of waging war against the government of India a Collecting arms with the intention of waging such war. 124A, Sedition: “Whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or… Continue reading Section 124A should stay

Editorials, Essay, Social Empowerment, Social Issue

Dalit atrocities issues

The Dalit mobilisation that is gaining momentum in the wake of Rohith Vemula’s suicide reflects structural issues. Reservations have given birth to Dalit entrepreneurs and a Dalit middle class benefiting from government jobs. because of this, anti-Dalit attitudes have been on the rise. Cases of anti-Dalit atrocities  : The number of registered cases of anti-Dalit… Continue reading Dalit atrocities issues

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The Basics for Free Speech

Article Link It is generally understood that the contempt of court jurisdiction in India is exercised not to protect the dignity of an individual judge but to protect the administration of justice from being maligned. However, the recent notice issued by the Bomaby High Court to the Booker Prize-winning writer Arundhati Roy for committing what… Continue reading The Basics for Free Speech