Tag: Constitution

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  • Great and the Good

    Great and the Good

    All men and women are created equal, but some will be more equal than others. A recent order of the Madras High Court by Justices Huluvadi G Ramesh and M V Muralidharan would appear to have confirmed the adage. The order, passed on August 29 by a Division Bench comprising the two judges, directed the …

    October 7, 2018
  • Part-time legislators, full-time lawyers?

    Part-time legislators, full-time lawyers?

    Lawyers have played a vital role in the evolution and development of Indian democracy and this tradition continues as they dominate in governance of the country as legislators, ministers, leaders of opposition, party spokespersons etc. Besides being legislators, lawyers, unceasingly appear before the courts for their clients and earn hefty amounts despite receiving salaries and …

    October 3, 2018
  • Mr Abe’s Wish-List-II

    Mr Abe’s Wish-List-II

    The process of amending an Article must begin with at least 100 members of the Lower House or 50 from the Upper House of the Diet tabling a draft, which when passed by two-thirds majority of both Houses, needs endorsement through a national referendum by a simple majority. Though an assertive China and provocations by …

    September 28, 2018
  • SC dismisses plea to ban lawmakers from practising as advocates

    SC dismisses plea to ban lawmakers from practising as advocates

    The Supreme Court was hearing the petition which said that while a public servant cannot practise as an advocate, lawmakers are practising in various courts which was a violation of Article 14 of the Constitution.

    September 25, 2018
  • Bengal minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury says Quran will prevail over Constitution

    Bengal minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury says Quran will prevail over Constitution

    Siddiqullah Chowdhury, a Minister in West Bengal government, took the protest against the Centre’s ordinance on triple talaq to another level by saying that the Constitution is subservient to the Quran.

    September 22, 2018
  • Law and Personal Liberty

    Law and Personal Liberty

    Along with fundamental rights, our Constitutional scheme envisages personal liberties for citizens, says Nirmalendu Bikash Rakshit.

    September 20, 2018
  • Constitutional issues of Scheduled Tribes

    Constitutional issues of Scheduled Tribes

    According to a recent judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the scheduled tribe status of a person is state specific, except for the Central Government and the Union Territory of Delhi. In this context another important issue craves attention. Tribals constitute a little more than 10 per cent of the country’s population. Historically they are …

    September 19, 2018
  • Issues in Meghalaya

    Issues in Meghalaya

    There was a time when India’s North-East as we understand today did not exist. From Khyber Pass on the Durand Line in the west, right up to the Three Pagodas Pass on the Burmese border with Siam (now Thailand), it was one huge landmass of a country. The promulgation of the Government of India Act …

    September 14, 2018
  • Person listed as SC/ST in one state can’t claim quota benefits in another state: Supreme Court

    Person listed as SC/ST in one state can’t claim quota benefits in another state: Supreme Court

    In a majority judgment, a Constitution Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “A person notified as a Scheduled Caste in State ‘A’ cannot claim the same status in another state on the basis that he is declared a Scheduled Caste in State ‘A’.”

    August 31, 2018
  • Honour the Titan

    Honour the Titan

    I last spoke to Somnath Chatterjee in June, a few days before his hospitalisation. It was, as always, a very gentle request. He was the embodiment of old world courtesy. This was in connection with setting up of a Cancer Treatment Facility in Assam, the State of his birth, which he so dearly loved. Not …

    August 17, 2018
  • The animus is evident

    The animus is evident

    It is a big problem for minorities when the institution that is supposed to protect minorities turns its back on them, says Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi.

    August 9, 2018
  • What is Article 35A | The history, the debate and the gravity

    What is Article 35A | The history, the debate and the gravity

    A writ petition was filed by a Delhi-based NGO, We the Citizens, stating that Article 35A granted special status and privileges to the permanent residents and by doing so discriminated against the citizens of the rest of the country.

    August 6, 2018
  • Female genital mutilation violative of constitutional rights: Supreme Court

    Female genital mutilation violative of constitutional rights: Supreme Court

    It is violative of Article 21 of the Constitution as it puts the female child to the trauma of FGM," said the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

    July 30, 2018
  • A Shy Girl

    A Shy Girl

    Our parents were friends, and Maya’s mother came to visit my mother periodically with her two daughters. The older daughter was a lively creature and would promptly lead my elder brother to the garden to walk and talk. I was left with the younger one, Maya, a shy girl of few words. Awkwardly, I would …

    July 23, 2018
  • Sanity articulated

    Sanity articulated

    In his 10 years when holding the second-highest Constitutional office in the land Mohd. Hamid Ansari did not really create an impression of  being a national figure: perhaps because, unlike some others, he viewed his role as a Presiding Officer in Parliament as one of a referee rather than a player. Yet those years give …

    July 23, 2018
  • Understanding import of Chapter IV

    Understanding import of Chapter IV

    The objective of the Directive Principles is to bring about a silent revolution, says Nirmalendu Bikash Rakshit.

    July 19, 2018
  • Uniform Civil Code reflects Constitution’s equality principle: President

    Uniform Civil Code reflects Constitution’s equality principle: President

    Goa is the only state in the country where the Code has been in existence since the pre-Liberation era.

    July 7, 2018