GS-II: Indian Polity & Constitution

Arbitration in India and Proposed Indian Arbitration Council

November 25, 2017

Successive governments in India have made efforts towards improving institutional arbitration in India. A few of them have also chased the ambition to make India a hub of international arbitration. The current government has been proactive towards the legislative and policy measures in this direction. It was instrumental in...

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Two Child Norm for Elections in India

November 22, 2017

Some states have legislated two-child norms for certain elected posts. The policy is modelled after China’s one child policy, which now allows couples to have two children effective from 1 January 2016.  This policy aims to create disadvantage for families with more than two children. The disadvantages include disqualification...

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Regulation and Allotment of Political Symbols in India

November 17, 2017

On November 14, 2017, the Election Commission has allotted the “two leaves” symbol to the united front of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami (EPS) and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS). It was a setback for the rival faction led by V K Sasikala and nephew T T V...

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Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (PMEAC)

November 11, 2017

Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM or PMEAC) has been constituted, reconstituted, disbanded and revived from time to time. During UPA tenure, this panel was headed by former RBI governor C Rangarajan. After coming to power in 2014, the Modi government disbanded it but then again revived...

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Bench System in Indian Courts

September 7, 2017

While some judgements become popular due to the decisions given by the judges, a hidden player in adjudication of disputes is the strength of Bench. For this reason, the Bench strength has been specified in the Supreme Court Rules. History of Bench Strength When Supreme Court of India began...

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Proposed Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017

September 6, 2017

With water increasingly becoming a scarce resource and the disputes related to river water sharing becoming so frequent and prolonging, the Central government has proposed to bring about an amendment in the current Inter-state River Water Disputes Act, 1956. The experience gained from the long drawn Cauvery water dispute...

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Short Note: Courts of Appeal

August 7, 2017

Note: This short note is based on ET news {4 August, 2017} which said that a radical judicial reform called “Courts of Appeal” is on the anvil and both central government and SC are mulling over it. It is different from the National Court of Appeal, which we had...

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Short Note: Merging NCRB with BPR&D

August 6, 2017

What is the government rationale behind merging the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D)? Do their functions overlap or are different? The Union Government has recently merged the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) which used to act as a principal source of...

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Article 35-A: Provisions, Issues and Current Status

August 6, 2017

How section 35-A was incorporated in the constitution? Why it is often alleged that incorporation of Article 35-A in the Constitution not only bypassed Indian parliament, but also created more discrimination? What are its key provisions and their implications? There are several petitions in the Supreme Court that challenge...

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Election of Vice President: Review of Constitutional Provisions

August 6, 2017

What is the process of Election of Vice President? What are key differences between elections of President and Vice President in India? Article 63 of the Constitution of India, 1950 mandates the election of a Vice President of India. The procedure for the election of the Vice President has...

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