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A Muslim woman has approached the Supreme Court seeking a ban on the ‘triple talaq’ system after she was divorced over speed post. Afreen Rehman got married two years ago and had been living with her...
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For the first time, the UN celebrated the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar with a top official describing the noted Indian social reformer as a "global icon" for marginalised people and voiced the wo...
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The Indian media accepts with laughable readiness the legitimacy of the phrase "anti-India slogans", as if it really referred to something meaningful. But the category itself is childish--as is demonstrated by its frequent schoolyard justification ("They are friends with our enemy"). It is not simply that debates about territorial issues should be a normal part of national conversation. It is also that the Constitution of India explicitly protects these debates and all others, so rendering meaningless the whole hysterical construction of Indians making "anti-Indian" statements.
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.
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.