What are Articles 370, 35A?

What is Article 370? Included in the Constitution on October 17, 1949, Article 370 exempts J&K from the Indian Constitution (except Article 1 and Article 370 itself) and permits the state to draft its own Constitution. It restricts Parliament’s legislative powers in respect of J&K. For extending a central law Read More …

What is a whip? What does it do?

What is a whip? A whip in parliamentary parlance is a written order that party members be present for an important vote, or that they vote only in a particular way. The term is derived from the old British practice of “whipping in” lawmakers to follow the party line. In Read More …

Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018. Background: Trafficking in human beings is the third largest organized crime violating basic human rights. There is.no specific law so far to deal with this crime. Accordingly, the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Read More …

Live Streaming Of Court Cases

Context: As Kautilya said in the Arthashastra, and during that time, when judges delivered a judgment, they did so in an open court. From then until now, the visual setting of the justice delivery mechanism hasn’t changed much. While the Indian legal system is built on the concept of open Read More …

Supreme Court reduces Tamil Nadu’s share in Cauvery water

Context: The Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on the decades-old Cauvery water sharing dispute between the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and the Union territory of Puducherry. The top court ruled that 177.25 TMC of Cauvery water will be released for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka will get Read More …

SC stays new Tribunal Rules

Context: The Supreme Court stayed the applicability of new provisions of the Central Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal and other Authorities. These provisions include (Qualification, experience and other conditions of service of members) Rules, 2017 which gave the government primacy in making key appointments to tribunals, including the National Green Tribunal. Background Read More …

All About Fast Track Courts

Context: Recently, the issue had come in front- when Lok Prahari, an NGO filed an appeal in Supreme Court requesting for a permanent solution to the delay in cases of disproportionate assets, corruption and other criminal charges against MLAs or MPs. What Are Fast Track Courts? The Central Government for a period of five Read More …

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 …

A moment for Indian liberalism

Liberalism is probably more challenged in India today than in any other democracy in the world. Why? First, conservative communities appear to have gained untrammelled power in recent times. Self-proclaimed custodians of caste and religion are perpetually breathing down the necks of young men and women, dictating who they must Read More …