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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

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