Polity

12th February – Liberty at the government’s whim

Fundamental rights, we have been repeatedly been told, do not exist in silos. The values inherent in the rights to equality, freedom of expression and association, and to life and personal liberty are deeply intertwined, with each right deriving meaning from the other. In this respect, it is important to discuss a recent judgment of …

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7th February – Office of the Speaker

Recently, the Supreme Court of India while adjudicating upon the matter relating to the disqualification of MLAs in the Manipur Legislative Assembly under the Tenth Schedule in Keisham Meghachandra Singh vs. the Hon’ble Speaker Manipur Legislative Assembly & Ors. made a significant suggestion. It recommended that Parliament should rethink as to whether disqualification petitions ought …

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1st February – Civil Society

Civil Society – The concept of civil society is normative as it specifies that associational life in a metaphorical space between the market based on profit, and the state that embodies power. Associational life neutralises the individualism, the atomism, and the anomie of modern life. Social associations enable the pursuit of multiple projects and engender …

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25th January – The origin of the Constitution

The world marvels at how well the Indian Constitution has kept a diverse country together for more than 70 years. It’s robustness and durability rest on its many built-in safeguards securing citizens’ rights to freedom and justice and fair play which no government, however powerful, can hope to effectively recast within the space of a …

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10th January – The Indian Constitution’s unitary tilt

The recent political developments around the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) have revealed some of the most significant crevices of Indian federalism. Many state governments (ruled by opposition parties) declared that they would not implement the legislation in their respective states. Constitutional provisions – Article 256 of the Constitution …

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State Funding

17th April – State funding of elections

Why state financing is the only way to ensure fair and transparent poll funding? In just 28 days since the announcement of the general election, the Election Commission (EC) has seized cash, drugs, alcohol, precious metals and other items worth Rs 1,800 crore. Compare this to the legal upper limit of expenditure per candidate — …

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Ancient Monuments And Archaeological Sites And Remains Act, 1958

Ancient Monuments Act 1958 has been proposed to be amended The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the introduction of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the Parliament. Aim | Ancient Monuments Act 1958 To make way for certain constructions limited strictly to public works …

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Public Premises Act, 1971 (Amendment )

Aim – Public Premises Act is to enable summary eviction proceedings in Residential Accommodation  Introduction | Public Premises Act The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for amendment in Section 2 and Section 3 of the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971 (PPE Act, 1971), by …

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Real Estate Act Comes Into Force | PIB Summary

Ending the nine year long wait, regulation of real estate sector involving over 76,000 companies across the county becomes a reality from tomorrow i.e May 1, 2017 with the Real Estate Act (Regulation & Development), 2016 coming into force.  Real Estate Act | Highlights With all the 92 Sections of the Act coming into effect …

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