Ethics in Governance – 2nd ARC

Ethics and Politics Ethical Values in Politics play an important role in setting the public discourse while it is unrealistic and simplistic to expect perfection in politics in an ethically imperfect environment, the standards set in politics influence other aspect of governance. Criminalization of Politics: Participation of criminals in the electoral Read More …

Capacity Building for Conflict Resolution – 2nd ARC

CHAPTER 1. Introduction Conflict is an unavoidable facet of human life. The maturity of a society is thus measured not so much by the absence of conflict in it as the ability of its institutions and procedures for resolving it. The potential for conflict will always exist in a society Read More …

Right to Information: Master Key to Good Governance – 2nd ARC

Introduction “If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost”. Aristotle Right to information has been seen as the key to strengthening participatory democracy and ushering in people Read More …

Law Commission favours One Nation, One poll proposal

Context: The Law Commission has endorsed the proposal of simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in its draft report submitted to the government. Key highlights of the report: The ‘draft’ report submitted to the Law Ministry recommended “holding of simultaneous elections to House of the People (Lok Sabha) and the State Read More …

Data localisation is not enough

Context: The Justice Srikrishna Committee in its report accompanying the draft Personal Data Protection Bill released on July 27 notes that eight of the top 10 most accessed websites in India are owned by U.S. entities. This reality has often hindered Indian law enforcement agencies when investigating routine crimes or Read More …

A fundamental error

Context: The right to privacy judgment, which had six separate opinions that converge into a unanimous decision, noted in the words of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice S.K. Kaul that the Union government had tasked a committee headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna to formulate such a law in July last year. Read More …

Improvement in the functioning of Panchayats

The Standing Committee on Rural Development (Chair: Dr. P Venugopal) submitted its report on ‘Improvement in the functioning of Panchayats’ on July 19, 2018.  The participation of local people for development of rural areas through the Panchayati Raj System was provided in the Indian Constitution through the 73rd amendment.  Key Read More …

Swachh Bharat Mission- Gramin in States/ UTs

The Standing Committee on Rural Development (Chair: Dr. P Venugopal) submitted its report on the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission- Gramin in States/ UTs’ on July 19, 2018.  The Swachh Bharat Mission- Gramin (SBM-G) was launched on October 2, 2014 to accelerate efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage, improve cleanliness, and eliminate Read More …

Development of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture

The Standing Committee on Agriculture (Chair: Mr. Hukmdev Narayan Yadav) submitted a report on ‘Scheme on Development of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture – An Analysis’ on July 25, 2018.  The scheme focuses on increasing fish productivity, species diversification, and expansion of aquaculture area.  The key recommendations of the Standing Committee Read More …

Legal Framework: Gambling and Sports Betting Including Cricket in India

The Law Commission of India (Chair: Justice B.S. Chauhan) submitted its report on July 5, 2018, examining whether betting may be legalised in India.  The report follows a Supreme Court directive in 2016 where the Court asked the Commission to examine the possibility of a law to regulate betting.  The Read More …