Constitution Of India

Mayur Kotlikar

Kerala Is Defying Both Logic And Law By Culling Stray Dogs

So here we go again. An elderly lady was tragically mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs, and the Kerala state government has decided to take the easy way out and do a mass culling of stray dogs, just like last year. Animal lovers and welfare groups are trying their best to advocate the right to life of these dogs, again just like last year. Those who support the state government's decision emphasize that stray dogs are a continual menace to society, just like last year.
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Sexual Harassment At Work: The Law Is On Your Side

Recently, the much celebrated climate scientist Dr. RK Pachauri was in the news for all the wrong reasons. People were shocked, including myself: I had interacted with him in the past and found him to be charming and courteous. Yet, somewhere along the way, this accomplished man was accused, with plenty of evidence to back the allegations, of sexual harassment at the workplace. So, what are the laws protecting Indian women from sexual harassment?

The Rajya Sabha Is Not The Biggest Hurdle Facing The GST Bill

Even if it is assumed that the GST Bill is passed in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, there are numerous obstacles in its final implementation. Much of the focus is on the stubborn Opposition digging in its heels in the Upper House, but there are other practical problems too that have not yet become a part of the popular GST narrative.
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Caught In A Time Warp: Meghalaya's Forgotten Minorities

The plains belt of the West Garo Hills remains one of the most neglected regions in Meghalaya. Housing two non-reserved constituencies -- Phulbari and Rajabala -- the region is marred by wide-scale unemployment, poor educational and health indicators, unchecked crimes such as kidnapping and extortion, and river erosion-induced displacement triggered every year by floods in the Brahmaputra…
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India Was Right To Deny Visas To US Commission Wanting To Review ‘Deteriorating' Religious Freedom

Why do we need a certificate from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) about the status of religious freedom in our country? USCIRF is not an international body mandated by the UN or any other international law, but a government body of a foreign state. It has no jurisdiction whatsoever in the internal affairs of a foreign sovereign democratic country. It seems like the US is slowly adopting the role of an international grandma, preaching about democratic values around the globe.
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Dismantling Democracy: How The Supreme Court Deprived The Poor Of Their Right To Fight Elections

The Indian Supreme Court, on 10 December, 2015 -- World Human Rights Day, ironically -- rendered a decision in Rajbala vs. Haryana, and upheld the requirement introduced by a state legislature that in order to contest elections at village level, the candidate must have passed "matriculate examination", among other conditions. Since a democratic form of governance is a basic feature of the Constitution, it ought to follow that right to vote or contest election, even if provided by statutes is really in the realm of essential Constitutional rights.
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The Constitution Of India As A Work Of Art

The original Constitution of India, adopted on 26 January 1950, was not a printed document. It was entirely handcrafted by the artists of Shantiniketan under the guidance of Acharya Nandalal Bose, with the calligraphy texts done by Prem Behari Narain Raizada in Delhi. This document is now preserved in a special helium-filled case in the library of the Parliament of India. In many ways, the original handcrafted Constitution represents one of the triumphs of Shantiniketan and Kala Bhavan.
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Why Glorify Our Constitution? Our Founding Fathers Certainly Didn't

Far from being elated, the framers of India's Constitution turned sombre when Ambedkar presented his draft. In the six days following his motion to adopt the new Constitution, speaker after speaker came forward to praise the proposed system. Yet others couldn't shake off the feeling that something was amiss. Nearly a third took the floor only to say something disparaging about the Constitution India was ready to adopt. It was evident that it had failed to inspire.