Prime Ministers Office (PMO) has asked Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) to put up a proposal for lateral entry into Civil Services - the prestigious career option of millions. In this article, we discuss the need of reforms in Indian Civil Services and whether lateral entry system … [Read more...] about Lateral Entry into Civil Services – Should the Government Allow It?
Indian Polity Notes
Criminal defamation is in news recently for multiple reasons. Questions have been raised on whether defamation should be treated as a civil wrong or criminal offence or both. It is argued that criminalizing defamation has a harsh effect on the right to freedom of speech and expression provided under … [Read more...] about Defamation in India – IPC Section 499/500 vs Freedom of Speech
When a child is born, doctors say, "It's a boy" or "It's a girl." The assigned sex of the new born is based on biology. But a person's gender identity - the inner sense of being male, female, or both - doesn't always match their biology. Transgender people are assigned a sex that isn't true to who … [Read more...] about Transgender Rights – Legal Recognition: The need of the hour
Federalism is a system of government in which power is divided between a central authority and constituent political units. Indian Federalism is different from the type of Federalism practiced in the countries like the United States of America. In this post, we analyze in detail 15 issues/challenges … [Read more...] about Indian Federalism – 15 Issues that Challenge the Federal Structure of India
The way Police forces work in India needs a lot of reforms. Police need more autonomy, professionalism, fixed tenure and so on. This article is on Police reforms in India - the history, the reforms so far, the Supreme Court directives, recent cases like T P Senkumar Case etc. Police Reforms: Why in … [Read more...] about Police Reforms in India – Against the backdrop of T P Senkumar Case
The Inter-State River Water Disputes are one of the most contiguous issues in the Indian federalism today. In extreme cases, it may hamper the relationship between the different states. The recent cases of the Cauvery Water Dispute and the Satluj Yamuna Link Canal case are … [Read more...] about Inter-State River Water Disputes in India: Is it time for a new mechanism rather than tribunals?
In 2017, after the election results in 5 states of Punjab, Manipur, UP, Goa, and Uttarakhand are announced there have been allegations of tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). This has put a question mark on the fairness of elections in our democracy. Let us discuss EVMs in detail and see … [Read more...] about Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs): Can they be tampered with?
The issue of the Uniform Civil Code has emerged into India's political discourse recently mainly because many Muslim women, affected adversely by the personal laws, have begun knocking on the doors of the Supreme Court to uphold their fundamental rights to equality and liberty in keeping with … [Read more...] about Uniform Civil Code (UCC): Pros and Cons in a nutshell
The idea of holding elections simultaneously to Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies is recently in the news after it got a push from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In this article let us discuss the concept of simultaneous elections, its advantages, disadvantages, feasibility, and other … [Read more...] about Simultaneous Elections: Will this be good for India?
Jallikattu is a bull taming event practiced in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations. Jallikattu is recently in news because of the Supreme Court rulings, Government interventions and agitations from the public against the Jallikattu ban. In this post, let's analyze, Jallikattu and other … [Read more...] about Jallikattu: History, Court Rulings, and Controversy