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A Question: Citizenship ( Amendment) Bill 2016

A Question: Citizenship ( Amendment) Bill 2016

Why the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is so contentious in the Northeast What is the Bill about? More than 33 years after an anti-foreigners’ agitation from 1979 to 1985, Assam is in turmoil again — this time because of the Modi government’s bid to get the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in Parliament. Assam and the […]

Shah Faesal IAS + Twitter= Enquiry

Shah Faesal IAS + Twitter= Enquiry

Should an IAS officer be free to air views on social media or is it unbecoming behaviour? A departmental inquiry has been initiated against Kashmir cadre IAS officer Shah Faesal for posting a tweet about rape culture in South Asia. The Department of Personnel and Training found his tweet in violation of the code of […]

NEET / JEE Exam twice a Year – 2018

NEET / JEE Exam twice a Year – 2018

In an ideal system, admission to higher education courses would be based on assessment of aptitude and suitability, and a testing process that is transparent, accessible and fair. India’s policymakers have struggled to create a credible national admissions apparatus for professional degree programmes that accommodates the diversity and plurality of the country. The two-level Joint […]

NOTA & RajyaSabha Polls

NOTA & RajyaSabha Polls

Should NOTA (none of the above) be an option in a State Assembly vote for the Rajya Sabha, as it is for the electorate in direct elections? Following the Gujarat Assembly secretary’s statement that the “NOTA” option will be available on the ballot paper in the Rajya Sabha election next week, both the Congress and […]

Delhi University- Students- Electoral prospects

Delhi University- Students- Electoral prospects

What kind of ideas can be discussed on campus and what cannot is at the centre of the ongoing struggle.  A week ago Last week in Ramjas College, Delhi University, a fight broke out between the ABVP and the left-affiliated All India Student’s Association (AISA) over an invite to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid for a seminar […]

Jallikattu- Ordinance Act- TN youth Movement

Jallikattu- Ordinance Act- TN youth Movement

Jallikattu- Ordinance Act- TN youth The Tamil Nadu specific ordinance to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 provides an exemption to jallikattu by bypassing the provision in the parent law that deals with restrictions on ‘performing animals’. Called the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Ordinance 2017, the new law […]

Appointments as “spoils system”

Appointments as “spoils system”

Appointments as “spoils system” The Supreme Court’s observations on the quality of a round of appointments made to the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission last year expose the gross disrespect shown by the State government to the institutional integrity of the constitutional body. Standing by the Madras High Court judgment quashing the appointment of 11 […]

Sutlej-Yamuna Link(SYL) & Punjab

Sutlej-Yamuna Link(SYL) & Punjab

There was never any doubt that Punjab’s legislative adventurism in enacting a law in 2004 to terminate all previous agreements on sharing the waters of the Ravi and the Beas with its neighbours would not survive judicial scrutiny. Answering a Presidential reference on the validity of Punjab’s action, the Supreme Court has declared the State’s […]

Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016

Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016

A comprehensive law to regulate surrogacy has been long overdue. Over the years, India has become a global hub for the practice of women being contracted to carry others’ babies, usually for a payment. While estimates of the size of the surrogacy market vary wildly, it is one in which the woman carrying an embryo […]