GS-I: Indian Society & Social Issues

Gorkhaland Movement: History, Key Events and Recent Agitations

September 28, 2017

In the last week of September, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) had called off it’s over 100-day old indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling after the home minister made an appeal. Currently, the normalcy is returning to the hills. This monograph deals with the Gorkhaland Issue in detail, keeping into various...

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Religious Conversion and Anti-Conversion Laws in India

September 22, 2017

Recently, Jharkhand cabinet had approved an anti-conversion bill to be introduced in State Assembly. The bill contains stiff jail sentences and fines for converting people through “allurement” or “coercion”. The bill got some limelight and we review it along with broader topic – anti-coven version laws of various states...

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Fact Sheet: Dravidian Movement

September 12, 2017

The caste-based hierarchical system is one of the most peculiar features of Indian society. In the past, those who were on the top of this hierarchical system (Brahmins) enjoyed all privileges, while people from lower hierarchies did not get access to resources and they were exploited by the people...

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Domestic Workers in India: Status, Issues, Legal and Policy Framework

August 16, 2017

As per the ILO convention 189, a domestic worker is a person engaged in domestic chores within an employment relationship. India is witnessing a constant increase in the number of domestic workers. Lack of bargaining powers makes domestic workers as one of the most exploited sections of the society....

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Dowry Laws in India: Review of Legal Framework & Recent SC Verdict

August 3, 2017

Dowry is the money, goods or estate that a woman brings to a marriage. Dowry is illegal in India under the Dowry Prohibition Act of 1961, under which both giving and accepting dowry is offence. The punishment for violating the law is 5 years imprisonment + Rs.15000/- fine or...

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Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016

July 26, 2017

In 2015, the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), a social organisation founded by Narendra Dabholkar, had prepared a draft law on prevention of people from social boycott and submitted it to the state government. The Maharashtra Assembly unanimously approved the Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill and the bill was forwarded...

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Sub-nationalism: Meaning and Issues in India

July 15, 2017

The demand of a separate state flag purported by the state of Karnataka has raised the issue of subnationalism in the country. As the rhetoric of nationalism engulfs the nation, the demand of a state neither ruled by a regional party nor having a past of separatist tendencies of...

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Social Issue: Gender Parity in Indian Boardrooms

June 7, 2017

Gender diversity simply out is the equal treatment and representation given for both males and females in an organization/entity. Globally, calls for more gender diversity on corporate boards have gained momentum. Article 16 of the Indian Constitution states: “there shall be equality of opportunity for all citizens in matters...

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Various Issues Around Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

June 7, 2017

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or female circumcision is the process of removing or cutting some or all of the external female genitalia.   The ritual is practiced as pre-emptive measure to lessen or control women’s sexuality and sexual desires so that she grow and evolve as epitome of beauty and...

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Section 6A of Citizenship Act, 1955 and Assam Accord

June 6, 2017

The section 6A in the Citizenship Act, 1955 contains the provisions with respect to citizenship of persons covered by the Assam Accord (1985). This section was introduced through an amendment made in 1985, in the Citizenship Act, 1955. The section 6A of the act says that all those who...

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