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Polity

18th November – Andhra Pradesh’s capital conundrum

Andhra Pradesh’s capital conundrums Andhra Pradesh is witnessing a ‘Game of Thrones’-like gritty politics involving capital cities. Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s government proposed a three-capital plan in the previous session of the Assembly. As per the Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, the State will have Visakhapatnam, Amaravati and …

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13th November – Judgements should be simple

Judgements should be made easier to comprehend A lawyer has recently filed a PIL in Supreme Court (Subhash Vijayran versus Union of India). He wants the legislature and the executive to use plain English in drafting laws, Bar Council to introduce plain English in law curricula and Supreme Court to only allow concise and precise …

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10th November – US Federal Election Commission

US Federal Election Commission In the presidential election in the United States, the Election Commission, is singularly missing. There has not been even a single order or intervention passed by the American counterpart of the Election Commission of India (ECI), the Federal Election Commission of the United States of America. Vision behind ECI – In …

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6th November – Elections in the US

Election system is broken in USA The general election in the United States is too close to call. This has often been the case in the past two decades, ever since the 2000 presidential election was decided when Democratic candidate Al Gore conceded with just 537 votes in between him and George W Bush in …

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12th October – Constitution as a unifying document

Constitution as a unifying document The birth of a new democratic establishment is recorded in the text of a supreme law, which is referred to as the “Constitution”. The assertion that a constitution acts as a unifying document in countries with heterogeneous populations lies at the core of the constitution-making process. It can be discerned …

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Cess

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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GST

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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Secularism

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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