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Supreme Court asks whether governors can be sacked via phone: Why has Arunachal crisis come to this?

Jan 28, 2016

Supreme Court asks whether governors can be sacked via phone: Why has Arunachal crisis come to this?

Arunachal Pradesh governor JP Rajkhowa will obviously figure no less prominently than those of his predecessors who adorn the “hall of infamy and notoriety” in subverting the Constitution by holding onto their gubernatorial assignments #Arunachal Pradesh #ConnectTheDots #Rajiv Gandhi #Indira Gandhi #Jawaharlal Nehru #Constitution of India #President's rule #JP Rajkhowa
Arunachal Pradesh crisis is proof that governors have become cat's paws and Raj Bhavans are dens of intrigue

Jan 27, 2016

Arunachal Pradesh crisis is proof that governors have become cat's paws and Raj Bhavans are dens of intrigue

Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa will figure no less prominently than his predecessors who adorn the “hall of infamy and notoriety” in subverting the Constitution by holding on to their gubernatorial assignments. #Congress #BJP #Arunachal Pradesh #Supreme Court #InMyOpinion #Constitution of India #President's rule #JP Rajkhowa
Arunachal Pradesh crisis: A six-step guide to how the Constitution will be soon mauled

Jan 27, 2016

Arunachal Pradesh crisis: A six-step guide to how the Constitution will be soon mauled

There is a sense of déjà vu in the developments in Arunachal Pradesh. The story of toppling elected governments in states by a bunch of legislators subscribing to the principle of political mercenaries is not new #Arunachal Pradesh #CriticalPoint #Nabam Tuki #Raj Bhavan #Constitution of India #Vidhan Sabha #JP Rajkhowa #Kaiko Pul
The Chhattisgarh tapes: Money and political parties killing democracy

Jan 07, 2016

The Chhattisgarh tapes: Money and political parties killing democracy

The disclosure of the Chhattisgarh tapes by Ashutosh Bhardwaj in The Indian Express on 30 December, 2015 possibly provide yet another example of the “the pernicious and baneful influence of big money” on the election process that the Supreme Court pointed out a full 40 years ago. #CriticalPoint #Democracy #Supreme Court of India #Constitution of India #OP Gupta #Chhattisgarh tapes #illicit use of money #1951 Representation of the People Act
The review that wasn't: Forty years after Kesavananda Bharati vs the State of Kerala

Dec 22, 2015

The review that wasn't: Forty years after Kesavananda Bharati vs the State of Kerala

In this two-part series, Firstpost looks at a landmark episode in Indian constitutional history, the Kesavananda Bharati case and its subsequent review, the 40th anniversary of which occurred recently. This part covers the controversial review that never was, and the legacy. #TheLongView #Supreme Court #Indira Gandhi #Emergency #Kerala government #Constitution of India #Kesavananda Bharati #Nani Palkhivala
PM Modi greets the country on the very first Constitution Day, salutes Dr BR Ambedkar

Nov 26, 2015

PM Modi greets the country on the very first Constitution Day, salutes Dr BR Ambedkar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appealed to the countrymen to uphold ideals and values of the Constitution and create an India that will make its founding fathers proud #Narendra Modi #NewsTracker #Winter session #Constitution of India #Dr BR Ambedkar #Shareworthy
NJAC verdict: How ill-defined 'basic structure' came handy for the judiciary to expand its power

Oct 19, 2015

NJAC verdict: How ill-defined 'basic structure' came handy for the judiciary to expand its power

The five-member bench that struck down the NJAC and constitutional amendment has also referred to the "insularity and independence of judiciary" as an intrinsic feature of the “basic structure” of the Constitution. In the court's view, judicial independence would be compromised if the executive gains an influence in the appointment of judges. #Supreme Court #ConnectTheDots #Arun Jaitley #Constitution of India #J Chelameswar #NJAC
Public space for discourse has become totally hateful, odious: Pradnya Daya Pawar

Oct 16, 2015

Public space for discourse has become totally hateful, odious: Pradnya Daya Pawar

In an interview with Firstpost, Pradnya Daya Pawar speaks on the reasons behind her move, on the threat to writers and artiste from fringe elements and the questions being raised on the writers’ honesty for their act #Interview #Constitution of India #Narendra Dabholkar #ghar wapsi #Govind Pansare #MM Kalburgi #Dadri lynching #Pradnya Daya Pawar
Dear Congress, what's the fuss about? 'Socialist', 'secular' missing in Rajya Sabha calendar too

Jan 30, 2015

Dear Congress, what's the fuss about? 'Socialist', 'secular' missing in Rajya Sabha calendar too

The BJP has been pushed in a corner over the issue of the "missing" words of the Preamble Congress has unleashed their ire on the saffron party over the past few days. #Congress #BJP #Narendra Modi #NewsTracker #Constitution of India #Socialist #secular #Preamble #Missing words
'Secular, socialist' are relics of Congress' undemocratic past; they have little meaning today

Jan 28, 2015

'Secular, socialist' are relics of Congress' undemocratic past; they have little meaning today

The two missing words (secular, socialist) in the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry’s advertisement featuring the Indian constitution's preamble, whether through default or design, have served two useful purposes. #HowThisWorks #Ambedkar #Constitution of India #Socialist #secular #Preamble #I&B Ministry Ad