Indian Constitution

The Election Commission — autonomy in the crosshairs

Syllabus: Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. Context The Election Commission of India (ECI) has been a focal point of differences between the government and the judiciary. This time, the clash of opinions is over its appointment. SC Judgement The Supreme Court of …

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Can you equate Article 370 with Basic Structure?

Syllabus: Constitution of India —historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.  Why in NEWS The Supreme Court on Thursday asked whether Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is being equated with the Basic Structure of the Constitution. Interpretation A Constitution Bench headed by …

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LS passes amended Forest Conservation Bill

Why in NEWS The Lok Sabha passed the Forest Conservation (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday, without any changes from the first version introduced on March 29. The contentious Bill was introduced to amend the Forest Conservation Act, 1980. Background The 1980 legislation has empowered the Centre for the past four decades, …

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The politics of the Uniform Civil Code

A UCC under a majoritarian regime is likely to be an awkward result of the crisis of Indian secularism. On June 27, in Bhopal, when Prime Minister advocated that a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) be implemented, he was seeking to accomplish the last of the three core ideological agendas that …

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EC to issue e-vouchers for canvassing on Akashvani, DD

The Election Commission (EC) has made the process of allotting airtime to political parties for campaigning on Akashvani and Doordarshan entirely online. Instead of collecting physical vouchers for airtime, the parties will henceforth be issued digital time vouchers through an Information Technology (IT) platform. “This step reflects the commission’s commitment …

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The Supreme Court has recently held that bail orders should neither be too long and elaborate nor come too late as both violate the constitutional mandate of personal liberty. Key details: The supreme court highlighted that, while rejecting or granting bail to accused persons, Judges should not slip into extensive deliberations …

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The Supreme Court verdict on the Delhi government’s tussle with the Centre over the national capital’s bureaucracy draw new red lines for Constitutional offices in the face of political compulsions, and underline the sanctity of the elected government. Verdict on basic structure: In the Delhi ruling, the apex court speaks …

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