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Why religion based minority and majority in India
Why religion based minority and majority in India

If you are a close and regular observer of news, it should not have missed your attention that at the beginning of the year, Jains were notified as a minority community. Thus, they joined the category of already designated ‘religious minorities’ – Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians. India also has a National Commission for Minorities (NCM), which was established under the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. But amidst all these, don’t you think you have forgotten to ask, why was this idea of religion-based minority or majority conceived? Religion-based Minority – What the Indian Constitution […]Read more

Politics of India since Independence
Politics of India since Independence

Politics of post-independence India is replete with turbulence as well as accomplishments. 67 years since the country formed its own government, much has been done and undone for us to reflect upon. From the rise of leaders and demagogues to the growth of political parties and national consciousness, Indian politics has seen it all. It has been a journey through change and crisis, all focussed on creating a unified nation and a vibrant economy. Politics of India till 1960s India had too many troubles on its plate immediately, after getting freedom from foreign rule. The communal violence […]Read more

Cabinet Ministers – Their Roles and Importance

We have been observing how the new BJP government is ‘walking the talk’ when it comes to “minimum government, maximum governance.” Modi had taken the surprise step of trimming the list of Cabinet Ministers from 70 to 45. This restructuring was followed by the discontinuation of some of the Standing Committees of the Cabinet. As political change seems to be in the air, it’s better to be informed about these ministers and what role they play in the government. Who are Cabinet Ministers? Cabinet Ministers are the integral part of the Cabinet of India (Union Cabinet), which […]Read more

Relation between RSS and BJP
Relation between RSS and BJP

Last year, a commentary in one of the esteemed news dailies observed that RSS will “benefit a bit” if Modi wins. However, if he lost, it will be his failure only. Winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections was “everything” for Modi, but for RSS it was “one of the instruments” to spread the message of its larger goal. That pretty much explains the pan-India status that the organisation has earned for itself. Though, the debate continues about the political role of the Sangh, the fact remains that the RSS always has the last say, and its involvement […]Read more

Features of Indian Constitution: Focus on Electoral Process
Features of the Indian Constitution

The Constitution of India lays down the framework pertaining to every political procedure. It defines the policies, rights, duties and powers to be bestowed upon the government institutions and common people. Similarly, the constitution meticulously explains the fundamental rules for the electoral processes. Article 324 of Indian Constitution: Duties and Powers of Election Commission The Constitution grants Election Commission the authority to take decisions and direct the end-to-end electoral process. Be it the Parliamentary polls or the elections to State Legislatures, the commission has to perform the task of scrutinising the process of preparing electoral rolls. The […]Read more

Panchayati Raj in India

Not many erstwhile political leaders were enthusiastic about Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of democratic decentralisation through the Panchayati Raj System in India. The concept of micro-management and bringing good governance to the remotest corners of the country had to prove its worth, before it could find a place in the Indian constitution. After a series of failed attempts to deal with local issues at the national level, panchayats were again brought into the picture in 1992, after its initial attempts of establishment in the 1950s. It got recognised as institutions of local self-governance in 1958. Panchayats now have […]Read more

Colonialism in India: A Perspective
Colonialism in India

It is aptly said that the history of India is the history of colonialism. The colonial era that began in the early 16th century with the Portuguese invasion, didn’t have a decisive end until 400 years later when the bugle of rebellion was sounded and the last colonizer was shown the door. Indian sub-continent was the location chosen by the French, Dutch and the British to fight power battles. Whoever came, established trading posts across the length and breadth of the country. They marauded, mingled, and left behind their legacies in the form of cultural footprints. Colonialism and […]Read more

Communist Parties in India : Present Scenario
Communist Parties in India

They are guided by the class interest of the poor people. They call Marx, Lenin and Stalin as their political progenitors. Yet, they have recorded their worst performance ever in the 2014 general elections. The insignia of being a national party is at stake. To make it less dramatic, the communist parties in India have reached a stage from where revival looks unlikely. If this is the plight of the big brothers such as CPI and CPI-M, the lesser known communist parties such as Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) and Revolutionary Communist Party […]Read more

Is The President Of India A Figurehead
president of india

The President of India is the head of the state and the first citizen of the nation. Apart from being the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, a wide variety of Executive, Legislative, Diplomatic, and Emergency powers are vested in the President. Powers of the President of India Executive Administration The President appoints all important public officers of the country including the Prime Minister and his Council of Ministers, the Governors of the states, the Attorney General of India, the Comptroller and Auditor General, Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, the Members of the Union […]Read more

Difference Between Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
Difference Between Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha

It would to be too naive to arrive at a conclusion that the only visible difference between the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha is the fact that they meet in separate chambers of the parliament. The two Houses of Indian parliament often complement each other and at times find themselves at loggerheads. Behind the apparent similarity between the two, lies a marked difference. Functions of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha One of the primary functions of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is to debate and discuss over crucial Bills and approve the proposed laws before recommending them […]Read more