Judicial Intervention in the matter of Policy Choices

Imperatives of preserving the constitutionally ordained jurisdictional equilibrium between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the Indian state. The foundational principles Some of the court’s transformative judgments are recalled to indicate the evolution of our constitutional order, premised on protection against the arbitrary exercise of power, non-discrimination and “constitutionalisation Read More …

Making cities inclusive-The Hindu

The challenges of a rapidly urbanising world and of providing people with equal opportunities in cities were the central themes at the just-concluded UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III, in Quito, Ecuador. Habitat conference sets a guiding compass for member-countries: Reducing urban inequality, Improving access to Read More …

The Paris Climate Agreement is set to enter into force, but without the support needed to implement it

The European Union’s ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement has nudged it beyond the required threshold — ratification by more than 55 Parties to the Convention accounting for at least 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This will ensure that the Agreement will enter into force, or Read More …

The alphabet soup at Goa-All About the Upcoming BRICS Summit at Goa

The annual BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Goa on October 15-16 is undeniably the main course but hidden in the main course is a set of ingredients with an independent chemistry, the IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa), along with the plat d’accompagnement , BIMSTEC Read More …

Stamping down on prejudice-The Hindu

The revival of the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014, and the Union Cabinet’s approval for provisions that make discrimination against people living with the virus punishable, are positive steps. Such laws, however, can only deliver benefits within the overall constraints imposed by an underfunded public health system. Read More …

Retaining MGNREGA’s core-The Hindu (Crux of Editorials)-GS-2

An informalised approach: The Central government is adopting opaque methods to dilute the law.  There is a clear dichotomy in what the government is telling the Supreme Court in an ongoing petition on the implementation of MGNREGA and what it is telling the States.  A platform on WhatsApp called ENCORE Read More …

Dark clouds over the PDS-Mains-2016 (The Hindu Crux)(GS-03)

India’s Public Distribution System (PDS) has improved steadily during the last 10 years. The system used to be most ineffective and corruption-ridden, with leakages of around 50 per cent at the national level, going up to 80 or 90 per cent in some States. The ‘Chhattisgarh model’  What is Chhattisgarh-style Read More …

Crux of Editorials-The Hindu

The equality of entry (GS-2) When B.R. Ambedkar was asked why he was so passionate about the issue of temple entry for Dalits, he replied: “The issue is not entry, but equality.” One of the most powerful tools by which an unequal society expressed and reinforced its hierarchies — through Read More …

Rights for abducted children-Mains-2016

What happens to the child who has been  abducted? What are his or her rights? Problems in Indian System There are several legal issues confronting the issue of transnational inter-spousal child removal. There are no codified family laws or specific child custody laws. An aggrieved parent with a foreign court Read More …

Merely a logistics pact?-GS-2

The agreement does not mention the setting up of “permanent bases” in either country. According to the signatories, LEMOA only facilitates establishing “mutual basing facilities”. This would be on a case-by-case basis, intended to help speed up humanitarian relief operations as also emergency evacuation from conflict-prone regions. In certain circumstances, Read More …