GS-I: Indian Society & Social Issues

Issues around Section 497 of IPC and Recent PIL in Supreme Court

December 9, 2017

On December 8, 2017, the Supreme Court has agreed to admit a PIL that challenged the constitutional validity of section 497 of the Indian Penal Code. The PIL was filed by Kerala-based Joseph Shine. The court will now hear the case and will decide in future if the law...

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Padmavati Controversy: Issue and Current Status

November 30, 2017

Here are some relevant questions and answers on Rani Padmini, Padmavati and ongoing controversy. What is the history of siege of Chittor? Mewar Kingdom was established by a Guhil chieftain Kal Bhoja aka Bappa Rawal in circa 728 AD. By the end of 12th century, Mewar had emerged as...

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Article 375 and Recent SC Judgement

November 15, 2017

Recently, Supreme Court of India gave landmark verdict stating that, a man who has intercourse with a wife less than 18 years can be charged of rape. The Judgement comes in the light of petition filed by the NGO named Independent Thought. This is a low priority topic for...

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Global Gender Gap Index, 2017

November 15, 2017

The Global Gender Gap Index is a report prepared by the World Economic Forum of 144 countries on the basis of predetermined criteria. The purpose of the report is to compare the level of gender parity of the countries. This has been developed taking into consideration the fact that...

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Regional and Linguistic sub-nationalism in India in present context

October 25, 2017

With the recent news of Karnataka asking for its separate flag or demand of a separate state of Gorkhaland from West Bengal has raised the issue of growing sub-nationalism in India. Sub-nationalism on basis of region and language has been a vital part Indian socio-political history which formally started after formation...

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Sabarimala Temple Entry Issue

October 24, 2017

Amidst the 18 hills, Ayyappan’s temple called Sabarimala is located in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala. It is one of the most important pilgrimage site for Hindus and as per records the second largest seasonal pilgrimage in the world to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The government records have data...

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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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