The scope of constitutional morality

Abolition of untouchability in all its forms, including scavenging, remains an unrealised constitutional right “The issue of the rights of sweepers and scavengers has never entered the mainstream legal consciousness in the country,” wrote Upendra Baxi in Law and Poverty: Critical Essays . “Nor have the Bar and the Bench, …

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SC upholds validity of GST Act

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the validity of the Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Act of 2017 for levy and collection of tax on inter-State supply of goods or services or both by the Centre. The court also upheld the legality of the Goods and Services Tax …

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Enquiry at Madura.

Mr. C.B.N. Pelly, Deputy Inspector-General of Police who, I am told, came to Madura soon after the shocking occurrence of the 27th evening, and Mr. G.F. Paddison, the District Magistrate, have been for the past few days making departmental enquiries, jointly and independently, into the circumstances under which the Police …

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Suit against Srirangam Municipality.

Mr. S. Rm. C.T. Ramasami Chettiar, a resident and banker at Tiruvankoil and one of the trustees of Jambukeswaram temple, has filed a suit [in the District Munsiff Court Srirangam, before Mr. K.S. Ramaswami Sastri B.A. B.L.], against the Chairman, Municipal Council, Srirangam, praying for a decree that his name …

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A dissenting view

The Sabarimala verdict couldopen the door to litigation on otherplaces of worship as well In Indian Young Lawyers Association v. State of Kerala , the Supreme Court by a 4-1 majority held the practice of the Sabarimala temple of prohibiting entry of women of menstruating age as illegal and unconstitutional. …

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Co-Operative Societies’ Act.

A bill to amend the Co-operative Societies Act, 1912, has just been published in the United Provinces Gazette: The object of this Bill is to provide a more efficient machinery than is at present given by the Co-operative Societies’ Act, 1912, for the realization of contributions found by a liquidator …

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Hide Control.

A Press Communique [issued in Calcutta, October 3] states: In the Gazatte of India of the 21st September appear two notifications under the Defence of India Act and rules by which power has been taken to prohibit the transport by rail of raw cow-hides into Madras and Bombay presidencies from …

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False association

Pakistan’s neo-Deobandis are defaming the school’s foundational philosophy The neo-Deobandis of Pakistan are a blot on the reputation of the Darul Uloom Deoband (in picture), India’s premier Islamic seminary. Supported by Saudi money, they have adopted a form of Wahhabism that stands in direct contradiction to the original philosophy of …

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The new deals

As the U.S., Canada and Mexico strike a trade pact, the world must watch carefully After more than a year of intense negotiation, the U.S., Canada and Mexico managed to arrive at a revised trade agreement on Sunday to replace the quarter-century-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Even though …

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