Current Issues

Government Policy around Hajj Subsidy

January 16, 2018

Haj Subsidy / Hajj Subsidy is a subsidy given to Muslim Hajj pilgrims in the form of discounted air fares. On 16 January, 2018, the government of India has declared to end the Hajj subsidy from 2018. Historical Background of Hajj Subsidy Hajj on state expenses was first organized...

BBIN – Motors Vehicles Agreement

January 15, 2018

BBIN an ambitious initiative by four countries of South Asia i.e Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal with the aim to facilitate movement of vehicles carrying cargo and passengers in each other’s territory without the need for trans-shipment of goods from one country’s truck to another’s at the border. As...


Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017

January 4, 2018

Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 was introduced in the Indian Parliament by Central Government on 28 December, 2017 and passed on the same date in Lok Sabha. Background In August 2017, the Supreme Court had given a 397 verdict on Instant Triple Talqq and held...


Triple Talaq in India: Background, Court Cases and Recent Updates

January 3, 2018

Triple Talaq or talaq-e-biddat (instant divorce) or talaq-e-mughallazah (irrevocable divorce) is one of the methods used in Islam to end the marriage. It is one of the methods of divorce in Islam. In India, the practice was held unconstitutional, arbitrary and not a part of Islam by Supreme Court in...


Celebrities in Indian Politics

January 2, 2018

Charisma or Personality of a leader has been a defining factor in Indian Politics. Today, political parties, whether national or regional, involve celebrities from all walks of life including painters, singers, film actors, theatre personalities, academicians and so on. Film Personalities as Politicians: Key Facts Film Celebrities have been...


Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2017

January 2, 2018

Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2017 has been introduced in Lok Sabha on January 2, 2018. This bill seeks to amend the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 to primarily address the issues of dishonor of cheques and deal with unnecessary delay in disposal of such cases. Current Status Introduced in Lok...

National Register of Citizens

December 31, 2017

Recently, the government released the first updated draft of National Register of Citizens including 1.9 crore citizens out of 3.29 crore applications. Other applicants will be considered in the second draft and the exercise will be expected to be complete by 2018.This exercise is undertaken to distinguish between Indian...

Model Contract Farming Act, 2018

December 28, 2017

In the last week of December, 2017, centre has come out with draft Model Contract Farming Act, 2018. Currently, ministry of agriculture has uploaded this draft on its website and invited comments from various stakeholders including contract farming / value chain promoters, farmers producer organizations and farmers. What is Contract...


Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017

December 27, 2017

The Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed in Lok Sabha on December 20 and Rajya Sabha by voice vote on December 27, 2017. This bill has amended the Indian Forest Act, 1927 to exclude Bamboo from the definition of trees in this law. Bamboo as Minor Forest Produce:...


Indian Institute of Management Act, 2017

December 20, 2017

Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017 was passed on Lok Sabha in July, 2017 and Rajya Sabha on December 19, 2017. This law brings greater transparency and autonomy in the working of the IIMs. Salient Provisions The act declares 20 existing Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as institutions of...