28th September – Cess

Cess The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, in its latest audit report of government accounts, has observed that the Union government withheld in the Consolidated Fund of India (CFI) more than ₹1.1 lakh crore out of the almost ₹2.75 lakh crore collected through various cesses in 2018-19. Why is it objectionable? The CAG …

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Centre-State relations

7th September – Centre-State relations

Centre-state relations under federalism Arguably, federalism or the centre-state relations are at its lowest point in recent decades. The ongoing tussle over the Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation accentuates a rather worrying trend.  Recent issues between centre and the states – GST Compensation – Finance ministers of states like Punjab, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Rajasthan …

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2nd September – Reforming the GST

GST reform needs a new grand bargain Three years ago, the Centre and the States of the Union of India struck a grand bargain resulting in the launch of the unified Goods and Services Tax (GST) era. The nationwide GST promised frictionless commerce across State borders, buoyant and leakproof tax compliance, and removal of inefficiencies …

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13th August – The future of Indian secularism

The future of Indian secularism Our public discourse is resounding with triumphalism on the one hand, and lament on the other over the death or defeat of secularism. Indian Secularism – Constitutional secularism is marked by at least two features. First, critical respect for all religions. Unlike some secularisms, ours is not blindly anti-religious but …

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Presidential System

1st August – Political culture, not presidential system

India needs a new political culture, not presidential system Recently, famous MP Shashi Tharoor argued that India should move towards Presidential system of government due to the propensity of lawmakers to defect at the drop of a hat in search of perks and offices, which he blames on the parliamentary system. Is the assessment correct? …

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27th July – Presidential System of Government

Presidential System of Government The parliamentary system devised in Britain – a small island nation with electorates of less than a lakh voters per constituency — is based on traditions which simply do not exist in India. These involve clearly defined political parties, each with a coherent set of policies and preferences that distinguish it …

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16th June – Anti-discrimination law

The need for an anti-discrimination law In our country, the problem of racism is exacerbated by other historically ingrained forms of discrimination, along the lines of caste, class, gender, and religion among other things. Defining private discrimination – These prejudices, which pervade every aspect of life, from access to basic goods, to education and employment, …

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Gender Equality

16th May – Gender Equality

Gender Rights : Reflection, Commitment and Action Constitution ensures protection against discrimination on the basis of gender through Article 14, 15(1) and 16(2). Article 39(a), 39(c) and 42 of the Directive Principles of State Policy provided in Part-IV guides that India’s governance shall ensure gender equality in law and policy. Article 51A(e) imposes fundamental duty …

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