Simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and Assembly

What will happen if India does decide on simultaneous elections? To begin with, a constitutional amendment will be needed. The Election Commission has suggested that the term of Lok Sabha could commence and end on predetermined dates and, to avoid premature dissolution, no-confidence motions should be moved simultaneously with a Read More …

India and the clubs that control war tech exports

Context: What are the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia Group? How do these elite regimes control the export of weapons and transfer of weapons technologies? Why does membership in them matter to India? How far is the NSG for India now? Missile Technology Control Regime Agreement Read More …

What is Operation Greens?

Context: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed to launch Operation Greens in his speech while presenting the Union Budget 2018-19 in Lok Sabha today. Jaitley proposed that it would be launched with an allocation of Rs 500 crore on the lines of Operation Flood. But what is Operation Green all about? Operation Greens Read More …

Manikarnika, the legendary queen of Jhansi

Manikarnika or Manu Bai is the maiden name of Rani Laxmibai. She was born in November 1828 at Varanasi to a family of Maharashtrian Brahmins. Her rise to the peak of Indian historical glory, however, begins only after she gets married to the Maharaja of Jhansi, Raja Gangadhar Rao Newalkar Read More …