The Indian Supreme Court, on 10 December, 2015 -- World Human Rights Day, ironically -- rendered a decision in <em>Rajbala vs. Haryana</em>, 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.
Zoheb Hossain practices before the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court. He has completed his BCL from the University of Oxford.
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