A Dalit in the Sangh: Bhanwar Meghwanshi's disillusionment with RSS lays bare agenda of Brahmin colonisation
The story of Bhanwar Meghwanshi, a Dalit youth who was associated with the RSS as a Karsevak, is one of breaking free from the mental colonisation by the Brahmins through the RSS. His fight against the Sangh, after having experienced their agenda against minorities first-hand, is primarily shaped by the intellectual quest for his history, and his vision to resurrect the history of Dalits, which has been appropriated by the RSS.
Books of the week: From Amit Majmudar's Soar, to Bhanwar Meghwanshi's Story of a Dalit in the RSS, our picks
Our weekly roundup of books that should be on your radar.
Indian law invisibilises, discriminates against queer people; one project reimagines legislation to make it more inclusive
A project titled Queering The Law, by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, looks at the ways in which queer people can have better legal representation, in order to be able to better access the law and other civic institutions. It identifies laws that patently discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community, as well as ones that operate on the male-female binary, thereby invisibilising anyone whose identity does not fall within this binary
On Republic Day, Congress sends copy of Constitution to PM, says 'read it when you get time from dividing nation'
The Opposition party posted several tweets on its official Twitter handle, alleging that the government was subverting the Constitution.
Pinarayi Vijayan should resign and say he doesn't trust Constitution, says GVL Narasimha Rao after Kerala Assembly passes resolution against CAA
After the Kerala Assembly passed a resolution seeking withdrawal of the Citizenship Amendment Act, Bharatiya Janata Party MP GVL Narasimha Rao said that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should resign and say that he does not have trust in the Constitution.
Constitution Day: Amid boycott by Opposition, Narendra Modi addresses joint session of Parliament, urges citizens to focus on fulfilling duties
Noting that the Constitution begins with 'we the people of India', Narendra Modi said people are its strength, inspiration and aim
Parliament LIVE Updates: After splitting J7K, Ladakh, govt plans to merge two UTS - Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Parliament LIVE Updates: Congress MP Hussain Dalwai has given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 over 'Government formation in Maharashtra by unconstitutional means'.
Constitution Day 2019: Document first amended for welfare of SC/ ST community, most recently for quota for EWS
The government is celebrating Constitution Day or Samvidhan Diwas on Tuesday in the Central Hall of Parliament to mark the 70th anniversary of adoption of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly.
Winter Session of Parliament: PDP MPs protest in Parliament premises against scrapping of J&K’s special status; placard terms ‘UT not acceptable’
Two MPs urged the government to 'respect' special status of the region, 'Bring back normalcy in Kashmir. UT status not acceptable', one of the placards read while another said, 'detentions are no solution'
At Kashmiri Pandit gathering in London, British Conservative MP says India has sovereign right on entirety of Jammu and Kashmir
One of Britain's most outspoken MPs on the Kashmir issue Bob Blackman has called on Pakistan to leave Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, asserting that India has a sovereign right over the entire region.
Difficult to believe Amit Shah's assurance that government will not abrogate Article 371 of Constitution, says RJD leader Manoj Jha
RJD leader Manoj Jha said that it is difficult to believe Union Home Minister Amit Shah's statement that the government will not abrogate Article 371 of the Indian Constitution
It’s easy to think that maybe this [scrapping of Section 377] is just the onward march of history, that rights are inevitable and that we live in a world where rights will keep progressing – but that isn’t actually the case.
Article 370 revoked: Farooq Abdullah asserts he was put under house arrest, claims he 'broke the door' to address media
National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah asserted that he was put under house arrest and in an emotional outburst asked if the government after dividing Jammu and Kashmir, 'will divide hearts too'.
Pakistan holds Joint Session of Parliament to discuss future course of action after India scraps Section 370 that gave J&K special status
Amid ruckus by Opposition lawmakers, Pakistan held joint session of its Parliament to discuss future course of action after India revoked Section 370. The joint session of upper and lower houses was summoned by President Arif Alvi.
Article 370 revoked: United Nations urges India, Pakistan to exercise restraint amid massive security build-up in Kashmir
United Nations on Monday urged both India and Pakistan to exercise restraint. It said that it was concerned about the rising tensions between the two neighbours after New Delhi abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Karnataka-esque political catastrophes might be an exception if a strong anti-defection law is brought in soon
The seeds of the anti-defection law were sown much earlier — after the general elections in 1967. Back then Congress formed the government at the Centre, but its strength in Lok Sabha fell from 361 to 283 as during the year it lost control of seven state governments because the MLAs shifted their political allegiance.
Delhi HC dismisses petition seeking recognition of LGBT relationships, rights to marriage, adoption and divorce
Delhi HC dismissed a petition seeking directions to make rules, regulation to recognise LGBT community members' relationships including marriage, adoption, divorce. The petition was filed by Tajinder Singh sought to constitute an LGBT commission in Delhi for upliftment and welfare of members of the community.
Constitutional amendment fixing tenure of Houses necessary to implement ‘one nation, one election’, says ex-CEC
Former Chief Election Commissioner TS Krishnamurthy Tuesday said the 'one nation one election' idea cannot be put into practice without a Constitutional amendment providing for fixed tenure for legislatures.
LS polls: Mamata takes politics of grievance too far in West Bengal, allows Modi and Shah to turn tables
Mamata Banerjee seems to be taking her politics of grievance a bit too far.
EC invokes Article 324 in West Bengal: Legal precedents show Mamata Banerjee's allegations against election body ill-founded
In Independent India, Election Commission has time and again asserted its power to ensure this impartiality and what it did in West Bengal was part of its core responsibility. Mamata Banerjee's targeting of ECI on this ground is completely ill-founded as constitutional provisions, landmark judgments and legal precedents are all in favour of the election watchdog