Uniform Civil Code debate, and the significance of the citizens’ intervention

A diverse group of eight Indian citizens submitted a draft Progressive Uniform Civil Code to the Chairman of the Law Commission. Indian Express explains the background of the Uniform Civil Code debate, and the significance of the citizens’ intervention today What is the Uniform Civil Code (UCC)? It is the Read More …

SC asks Centre to strike a balance on Rohingya issue

The Supreme Court came close to ordering the government not to deport the Rohingya. It finally settled on merely observing that a balance should be struck between humanitarian concern for the community and the country’s national security and economic interests. The hearing of the case: The court was hearing a Read More …

The Minority Status demand by Lingayats

Introduction: The agitation seeking minority status for Lingayats is once again revealing the politics of bad faith that often characterises the construction of religious boundaries in India. The Lingayats want to distinguish themselves from Hinduism, and in particular Veerashaivism, and they want to be recognised as a religious minority. Constitutional Read More …

The issue of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail

Introduction: The Election Commission in the recent times had received a memorandum from political parties demanding that the paper ballot system be reintroduced for greater transparency during elections. The Supreme Court of India had directed the Election Commission to introduce VVPAT in Lok Sabha Elections to improve voter confidence and Read More …

The will to die — on ‘living wills’

Introduction: The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that it is vetting a draft law to permit “passive euthanasia” – The Medical Treatment of Terminally Ill Patients (Protection of Patients and Medical Practitioners) Bill, but that it is against letting people make “Living Wills”, by which they can direct that Read More …

It’s time to scrap the Eunuchs Act

Steps must be taken to safeguard the fundamental rights of transgender persons in Telangana The Andhra Pradesh (Telangana Area) Eunuchs Act, 1329 F, an enactment “for the registration and control of eunuchs”, must be struck down immediately as it violates every principle of natural justice. This move acquires a particular Read More …

The Private Detective Agencies (Regulation) Bill

Modern private detectives face complex challenges. Long gone are the likes of the ‘consultant genius’ at 221B, Baker Street, London, who pursued a case because it was “art for art’s sake”, or Philip Marlowe who could solve cases with his snappy repartees after downing a few pegs. Economic growth and Read More …

What is Selectorate Theory in political science?

This refers to a theory of politics which elaborates on how various kinds of political leaders capture and hold on to power. It states that leaders primarily care about nothing else but staying in power for as long as possible, and try to manoeuvre their actions accordingly. Further, it elaborates Read More …