Law Commission calls for re-think on sedition clause

Context: Dissent and criticism of the government are essential ingredients of a robust public debate in a vibrant democracy, the Law Commission of India said. Section 124A: The Commission published a consultation paper recommending that it is time to re-think or even repeal the provision of sedition (Section 124A) from 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 …

Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018

Context: Instances of people losing their hard-earned money to Ponzi schemes keep coming to light. The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018 was approved by the Union Cabinet to provide comprehensive legislation to deal with illicit deposit schemes in the country. About the Bill: The Bill imposes complete prohibition of unregulated Read More …

What’s in an election?

A democratic society: A democratic society is defined by its elections. The principle of one person, one vote (with some conditions) is seen as a defining principle of democracy. This principle has become so dominant that it has successfully reduced the idea of democracy to a ritual of casting votes. As Read More …

Food first: Addressing poor child nutrition

Context: The central principle that should guide the Centre in improving maternal and child nutrition is that early childhood is the foundation for the health and well-being of an individual.  Cause of Concerns: Tinkering with the existing national programme of providing hot-cooked meals to children three to six years old, Read More …

Billed for change: amendments to the National Medical Council Bill

Context: The union cabinet approves changes in the National Medical Commission (NMC) bill. Changes in the NMC Bill: These changes address some of the loudest criticisms of the Bill. Among them, the final year MBBS exam is now merged with an exit exam for doctors, and a contentious bridge course Read More …

Reimagining governance

Context: The 115 Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) conceived by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is radical not because this is the first time that a government in India has focussed on India’s most backward districts but because the exercise envisages a serious re-imagination of government and governance, and deepens cooperative federalism. Read More …