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e-Governance in India
What is e governance in India

It is only recently that the call for ‘minimum government, maximum governance’ has grown louder. Technology is at the core of the idea of transforming the way India perceives governance. While computerisation of government departments was the first sign of progress that was seen in the 90s, the e-Governance in India has steadily evolved to be more citizen-centric, service-oriented and transparent. The thrust on applying information and communication technology (ICT) for delivering government services has been given by both the UPA and the NDA governments, although the latter has aimed more aggressively for it.  e-Governance Initiatives in [...]Read more

Laws in the Indian Constitution against Animal-Killing
Laws in the Indian Constitution against Animal Killing

India is not new to the phenomenon called ‘zoosadism’ – inflicting cruelty on animals for personal amusement. A cat being run over by a car or a dog being attacked by a bunch of urchins are some of the sights that urban India witnesses quite often . However, the cruelty against animals stretches far beyond these activities. Army personnel cooking chinkara meat and superstars of Indian film industry poaching endangered deers and owning tusks are some of the news stories that frequently do the rounds.  What provisions does the Constitution of India has to deter people from [...]Read more

Various Sessions of the Parliament in India
Role of Parliament Sessions in India

A stormy budget session over Land Acquisition Bill has once again garnered attention for wrong reasons. Frequent disruptions of parliament and loss of business hours have often been highlighted as a major concern. On this note, let us find out what do these sessions of parliament actually mean for the country. To start with the obvious, around 790 members of the supreme legislative body in India meet thrice a year. The period during which the parliamentarians convene and conduct the business of each House is referred to as session. Every year, the Parliament of India conducts three [...]Read more

Public Safety Act in Jammu and Kashmir (J and K)
Public Safety Act in Jammu and Kashmir

There was an outrage over the Jammu & Kashmir government’s decision to free separatist leader Masarat Alam, who was detained eight times under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Although there had been intermittent calls for revoking AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act), there has hardly been a strong appeal to repeal the act, which is also draconian in nature. While most of us know that an individual can be detained under the Public Safety Act for a maximum of two years without a court order, there are other punitive provisions that one may not be aware of.  [...]Read more

What happens if the Government does not have majority in the Rajya Sabha?
What happens if the Government does not have majority in the Rajya Sabha?

NDA Government’s plan to get the important bills passed in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session has got stonewalled. Modi government was cornered by the opposition parties as they enjoy a majority in the Upper House. NDA’s poor numbers in the Rajya Sabha worked against Modi, who had intended to get the wheel of reforms moving. Be it the Coal Mines Bill or the Insurance Bill, every crucial Bill got bottled up as the ruling government could not shore up enough support for the Land Acquisition Bill.  Democracy in India is all about [...]Read more

Constitutional Framework for Political System in India
Indian democracy : constitutional foundations

Indian polity is guided by the principles laid down in the Constitution, which defines every aspect of Indian political system including its basic objectives. The rules and procedure embedded in the Constitution serve as the basic edifice upon which rests the governance of the country. Besides elucidating the structure and functioning of governments at the Central, state and local levels, it also acts as a reference document for dealing with several other aspects of politics. Constitutional Values Guiding Indian Politics Indian Constitution may have detailed provisions on fundamental rights, duties and directive principles of state policy, but [...]Read more

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act

States such as Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir have for long been demanding the withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. Only recently, the issue of revocation of the Act came in the way of a likely alliance between the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir. What compounded the matter was the Army’s reported apprehension over any move to dilute the AFSPA in the state and the BJP’s concerns that any such move might lead to “lowering of the morale of forces [...]Read more

Media Rights During Polling Day in India
Media Rights During Polling Day in India

Media houses and journalists contribute towards the participation of voters in democratic debate, particularly by guaranteeing that issues of public interest come to the fore. As guardians of democracy, journalists play a key role in guaranteeing the legitimacy and therefore the acceptance of election results, particularly in countries witnessing a transition to democracy or rising from political crisis. To carry out their task, journalists must have rights. They even have responsibilities. The right to provide information, without being pressured or threatened, brings with it the duty to provide voters with factually correct information. This is complex work, [...]Read more

India-US Hotline: First one for Modi
What is India-US Hotline for

In a significant step towards taking bilateral relations to a new level, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama agreed to set up a hotline between the top leaders for the first time. A hotline is supposedly used in the most crucial moments in international relations. According to Modi, this initiative would give India-US partnership “a new thrust and sustained attention.” Both Obama and Modi agreed that India and the US must have regular summits at greater frequency.  Although India maintains several hotlines with China and Pakistan at the military level, it is the [...]Read more

Article 30 of the Indian Constitution – Concept and relevance
Article 30 of the Indian Constitution

Protection of rights of the religious and ethnic minorities is the bedrock of India’s secular values. With a legacy of bringing all religions under its fold, India has always advocated the principle of equality. The Article 30 of Indian Constitution is one of the many provisions that ensures preservation of minority rights. Concept of Article 30  Article 30 is classified under Part III of the Indian Constitution that elucidates all the Fundamental Rights guaranteed to the citizens of India irrespective of their religion, caste and sex. Article 30 upholds the right of the minorities “to establish and [...]Read more

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