articles by Raghav Pandey

India

As debate over simultaneous polls rages on, India should also consider presidential structure to fix policy lacunae

The presidential form of government offers stability because the president at the Centre and governors at the state level, are directly elected for a fixed term, they are not bothered about the confidence of the Parliament.

India

Govt should stick to firm stand it took on triple talaq; diluting provisions of Act suggests complicity in strengthening status quo

It's in the absolute interest of the protection of fundamental rights of the victims of triple talaq that the act be criminalised.

India

Adultery law fails constitutionality test on equality and freedom of choice; SC must annul criminality clause

Adultery is not a crime in most of the European countries and at least half of the states in the USA. However, a few countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have still retained adultery as a capital offence

India

SC refers fresh plea against 'nikah halala': Legislature must step in, start large-scale overhaul of personal laws

The Legislature must step in and start a large-scale overhaul of personal laws of all religions, to deal with unconstitutional practices like Nikah Halala.

India

SC hears challenge to Section 377: Govt's unclear stand makes it likely court will decriminalise homosexuality

The Supreme Court is again abreast with the challenge to the constitutionality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Before delving into the question of the constitutionality of Section 377, a brief context about the provision is in order.

India

Supreme Court verdict in Delhi vs Centre power tussle is sound, but question of city's constitutionality remains

The Supreme Court verdict says that Delhi's elected government has the real power, not the lieutenant-governor.

India

'BJP wants to neutralise terrorists, spur development during Governor's Rule in J&K': Ram Madhav to Firstpost

Ram Madhav said that Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir shouldn’t be seen only from a military perspective, and that the government seeks to pursue talks.

Politics

BJP-PDP end alliance: Successful anti-terror measures in Jammu and Kashmir taken by Centre had political costs for Mehbooba

The alliance between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) was never something which one would call a natural alliance.

India

UN report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir is tilted heavily in Pakistan's favour, ignores need for army action

The UN report dedicates 33 pages on alleged human rights violations by India in Kashmir and a mere seven on the same by Pakistan.

India

JEE Advanced 2018: Drop in number of qualifying students reflects larger issues of Indian education system

The current drop in the number of qualifying students in the JEE is just a small symptom of the larger problem, the Indian educations system is facing.

Business

The economy is recovering but volatile oil prices and rising NPAs could throw a spanner in the works

The economy is showing all the signs of a healthy recovery, with a V-shaped recovery in GDP, an increase in investments and higher direct tax collections

India

West Bengal not new to political murders; after Congress, CPM, the baton seems to have passed to TMC

The recent deaths of two BJP workers is a reinforcement of the fact that the state machinery in West Bengal has been historically compromised to perpetuate political violence.

Politics

Next Mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh? Poll dynamics show BJP should sit back and let Opposition ‘unity’ unravel

Two days ago, Amit Shah said that the alliance between Samjawadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will be a challenge for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

Politics

Karnataka governor's decision to invite BJP to form govt legally correct, immune to any review by judiciary

The Constitution gives validity to the actions of the governor, possibly to quell any differences arising between the Central and state governments.

Politics

Karnataka Assembly elections show voters smart enough to see through Congress' divisive politics

The campaign for the Karnataka elections and the period just preceding it gives us valuable insight on the reasons why BJP is doing well with the masses.

India

After Nawaz Sharif's admission of Pakistan role in 26/11, time Congress apologised to RSS, India

After Nawaz Sharif's revelation of Pakistan role in 26/11 attacks, RSS and India not only deserves an apology from Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh and Kripashankar Singh for willfully instigating discontent in the society

Politics

Congress' impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra causes irreparable harm to Indian judiciary's integrity

The recent politicisation of the Supreme Court is the first in India’s independent history. It causes irreparable loss to the judiciary's integrity.

India

Jinnah's portrait in AMU: Pakistan's founder has no place in our society, Indian history should remember him as a criminal

Jinnah should have no place in our society today. While he is a part of history, he should be remembered in India as a criminal, not a hero.

India

AFSPA lifted in Meghalaya: Before seeking law's repeal in Jammu and Kashmir, ask separatists to halt protests, violence

The government deserves praise for lifting AFSPA from Meghalaya and parts of Arunachal Pradesh. However, this must not act as a precedent to lift the law in Jammu and Kashmir, because the state is still violent unlike Meghalaya and Arunachal

Politics

BJP announces candidates for Bihar, UP MLC polls: Saffron party extends Dalit outreach by bringing back heavyweights

The strategy of bringing back these political heavyweights from oblivion is clear: The BJP wants to extend its Dalit outreach, which was earlier limited to the allies of the party in the Hindi heartland