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Amit Shah

Anti-terror law which empowers govt to designate individuals as terrorists gets RS nod

A law which gives the power to the government to designate individuals as terrorists was passed by Rajya Sabha on Friday. The Bill amending the...
Muslim Women

Major Win For Govt As Strategic Walkouts By Some Opposition Parties Help Triple...

Several opposition parties made a show of opposing the bill and walked out of the house as the Rajya Sabha passed by a simple...
A single window for winding up of companies

Companies (Amendment) Bill 2019 receives Parliament’s nod

The Rajya Sabha has passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2019, for better corporate governance. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Bill seeks “to ensure...
Rajya Sabha

Triple Talaq Bill now a reality – receives Parliament’s nod

The ‘Triple Talaq Bill’ has been passed by the Parliament on declaration by Rajya Sabha Chairman Shri Venkaiah Naidu of the Bill receiving 99...
Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 passed by Lok Sabha

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 passed by Lok Sabha

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 is one of the many Bills that were passed in the previous Lok Sabha but lapsed due to completion...
Ministers MA Naqvi, Ravi Shankar Prasad at Parliament House, New Delhi/Photo: UNI

A Convenient Lapse of Memory?

Above: Ministers MA Naqvi, Ravi Shankar Prasad at Parliament House, New Delhi/Photo: UNI Pendency of bills in the Upper House is cause for concern. After...
Gujarat Congress leader Paresh Dhanani

SC dismisses Gujarat Congress leader plea seeking simultaneous polls for filling up Rajya Sabha...

By Venkatasubramanian The idea of holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections once in five years is a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ...

Tabled in Rajya Sabha, C&AG report on Rafale Deal spells more trouble for Modi...

Exhaustive C&AG report punches holes in Modi government’s claims on Rafale deal, says enhancements made in Rafale in 2016 were not needed The much awaited...

Reservation Bill For General category Poor To Be Introduced In Rajya Sabha Today

The Constitution (103rd Amendment) Bill bill that seeks to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the general category poor will...
Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

Govt Will Push Triple Talaq Bill Again In Rajya Sabha Today

The government will make another attempt on Monday to get the Triple Talaq bill passed in Rajya Sabha despite the numbers being heavily stashed...

Government, Opposition All Set To Lock Horns Over Triple Talaq, Rafale JPC in Parliament

The government and the opposition are all set to lock horns in Parliament on Wednesday as the Rajya Sabha meets for the first time...
Non-mentioning of Nikah Halala petition during SC vacation irks CJI

Opposition Stalls Rajya Sabha Over Triple Talaq: House Adjourned Till Jan 2

The Rajya Sabha was today adjourned until Wednesday following still resistance put up by the opposition parties  to the Triple Talaq Bill that seeks...
Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

Triple Talaq Bill In Rajya Sabha Today, Opposition To Fight Tooth and Nail

The Triple Talaq bill that seeks to  make the practice of instant divorce among Muslims a criminal offence with a provision of three-year jail...
Our Most-Read Stories of 2018

Our Most-Read Stories of 2018

~By Inderjit Badhwar India Legal maintains its advancement and evolution. There’s nothing mechanical about this. The magazine’s expansion, predominantly online, is owing to the editors...
Triple-talaq

AIMPLB: Will Ensure Talaq Bill Is Not Passed In Rajya Sabha

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said that it will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the Triple Talaq bill...
Conduct of Elections: No to NOTA

Conduct of Elections: No to NOTA

The Supreme Court has ruled that though this option may be “an elixir” in direct polls, it could undermine the purity of democracy if...
Triple Talaq Bill

Triple Talaq Bill deferred to next session for lack of consensus in Rajya Sabha

Even after a year following the Supreme Court’s five-judge bench (judges from five different faiths) declared talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq unconstitutional and not...
Rajya Sabha passes bill including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below 12 years

Rajya Sabha passes bill including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below...

The Rajya Sabha on Monday (August 6) passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018 mandating a maximum penalty of death to those convicted of...
The Soft Cell

The Soft Cell

~By Dilip Bobb A judge in the UK hearing the extradition case against fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya has asked for a video of the cell...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

Dutt’s Not the Way This government—and its army of trolls—has made no bones about its animosity towards NDTV and in particular, former NDTV anchor Barkha...
Sharad Yadav

SC allows rebel JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav to hold his official bungalow

Above: Sharad Yadav (file pic) The apex court on Thursday (June 7) allowed rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav to hold his official bungalow on the...
Politics of Embarrassment

Politics of Embarrassment

The glacial pace of action increasingly imperils both judicial independence and the constitutional republic   ~By Upendra Baxi   There has been more heat than light over the...
Murdering Parliament through Ordinances

STRANGLING PARLIAMENT

~By Inderjit Badhwar The cover story this week (India Legal magazine) is an example of the continuing alarms that India Legal sounds to warn readers...
Impeachment Dilemma: Wrong Man for Wrong Job

Impeachment Dilemma: Wrong Man for Wrong Job

Above: (L to R) Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal and CPI leader D Raja at a press meet on the CJI...
Mukhtar Ansari of the Bahujan Samaj Party who is in jail was barred from voting in recent Rajya Sabha elections

Barred from Voting Too

Above: Mukhtar Ansari of the Bahujan Samaj Party who is in jail was barred from voting in recent Rajya Sabha elections In a first case...
Sushma Swaraj

Held hostage by ISIS in Iraq, all 39 Indians killed: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informs Parliament that 39 Indians who had gone missing in Iraq in 2014 have been killed, mass grave found...
Ruling with an Iron Fist!

Ruling with an Iron Fist!

Above: (L-R) Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani; Prasar Bharati chairman Surya Prakash  The stand-off between the minister and the public broadcaster threatens the...
Rafale deal: Sitharaman says govt can’t reveal details due to Secrecy Agreement

Rafale deal: Sitharaman says govt can’t reveal details due to Secrecy Agreement

The Centre cannot disclose details of the Rafale fighter aircraft deal due to a "Secrecy Agreement" with France, Union Minister of Defence (MoD) Nirmala...
EC suggests 5 amendments to Constitution for simultaneous polls

EC suggests 5 amendments to Constitution for simultaneous polls

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat, Photo Credit: Agencies Election Commission backs proposal for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls but says 5 Articles under the...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Repent in Haste The tendency among media outlets for so-called “exclusives” and to be quickest on the draw is creating not just fake news but...
Aadhaar linkages case: Venugopal says “we entirely deny data leakage”

Divan points out technical faults, lack of legal framework and the sheer unconstitutionality of...

Photo: Anil Shakya The Aadhaar hearings continued for the second day before the Supreme Court constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A...
Muslim women protesting against the controversial provisions of the triple talaq Bill in New Delhi on Jan 4, 2018. Photo: UNI

The Politics of Triple Talaq Bill

The slug-fest over Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill ended temporarily with the Rajya Sabha being adjourned but the battle-lines are firmly...
Parliament’s budget session from Jan 29, budget to be presented on Feb 1

Parliament’s budget session from Jan 29, budget to be presented on Feb 1

As winter session ends, Union parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar announces schedule for the budget session  Soon after the Winter Session of Parliament ended on Friday following...

Fate of anti-triple talaq Bill in limbo, Parliament adjourns sine die

Unwilling to yield to the Opposition’s demand for referring the anti-triple talaq Bill to a Rajya Sabha select committee, Centre allows proposed law to...
RS adjourned again without discussion on anti-triple talaq Bill

RS adjourned again without discussion on anti-triple talaq Bill

With consensus evading on the passage of the Bill, Opposition likely to force Centre on sending the legislation to a Rajya Sabha select panel For...
Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha last week was introduced in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid Opposition protests With...
Modi govt takes a step back on NMC Bill, refers it to Parl panel; docs end stir

Modi govt takes a step back on NMC Bill, refers it to Parl panel;...

Controversial NMC Bill referred to a Parliamentary standing committee soon after health minister JP Nadda claimed that talks were one with agitating doctors  In a...
Members of Parliament engaged in a heated debate in the Lok Sabha. Photo: UNI

Fast-Track Courts: Unequal Before the Law

The government’s decision to set up 12 such courts for legislators comes at a time when there are over 2.8 crore pending cases. Should...
Former MP Mahmood A Madani in ticket racket

Former MP Mahmood A Madani in ticket racket

Above: Former MP Mahmood A Madani. Photo: YouTube A case had come up before the court of Sunil Rana, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge,...
MP High Court judge accused in sexual harassment case cleared by Rajya Sabha panel

MP High Court judge accused in sexual harassment case cleared by Rajya Sabha panel

Photo caption: M.P (Jabalpur) High Court (File pic) Justice SK Gangele of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has been cleared of the charge of sexual...
With 40 Bills on agenda, Parliament’s winter session commences

With 40 Bills on agenda, Parliament’s winter session commences

As Congress and other Opposition parties hope to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government on a slew of issues, stormy session likely  As...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Custodial torture: Law commission report makes strong observations

The Law Commission’s 273rd Report asks the government to put a stop to endemic torture ~By Venkatasubramanian It does not require a compilation of a...
SC blasts Centre for delaying tactics on Delhi environmental issues

SC judge asks how a candidate can enter into a business, while he is...

While hearing a PIL by Lok Prahari, the Supreme Court bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer had moved into the territory...
Photo: Kh Manglembi Devi

Transgender Bill: A Rainbow in the Sky

A report by a Standing Committee has made far-reaching recommendations on the controversial Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 and has taken a...
Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind. Photo: UNI

BJP names rank outsider Kovind as its Presidential candidate

The NDA has selected a rank outsider, so to say, to be its Presidential candidate. BJP president Amit Shah named Bihar governor Ram Nath...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Up, the Republic With days to go for the launch of Arnab Goswami’s new channel, the stakes are being raised in what is the mother...
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before presenting the Budget for 2017-18 in Parliament. Photo: UNI

What’s the Hurry?

The Rajya Sabha passed amendments to Finance Bill 2017, and the Lok Sabha promptly rejected it under Article 109. Finance Minister Jaitley however frets...
African students protesting after several students of their community were beaten up in Greater Noida. Photo: twitter

Prejudice or backlash?

The recent attacks on Nigerians in Greatar Noida show that private biases are now openly vented triggering a larger debate as how much intolerance...
People queue up for an Aadhaar card. Photo: UNI

Aadhaar: The Great Divide

A petition in the Supreme Court has reopened the debate over Money and Financial Bills. It has serious implications for parliamentary procedure ~By Devender...
Parliamentarians and leaders from various political parties march towards Rashtrapati Bhavan against the government’s demonetization move. Photo: UNI

Is Demonetization Godsend for the Opposition?

While Modi claims that demonetization has helped the common man, his opponents are seeing this as a golden chance to attack him and increase...
Supreme Court; Kapil Sibal

Appeal to “enduring ethos of the Constitution”

Kapil Sibal says that “seminal” issues are at stake in the interpretation of Section 123 (3) Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr In the ongoing arguments before the...
Journey of Bill 330; Photo: UNI

Legislating a law

When a bill journeys through parliament, it goes through an elaborate process. What finally emerges from the parliamentary crucible is unassailable. By Devender Singh Come every...
Surrogacy Bill 2016: Womb worries

Surrogacy Bill 2016: Womb worries

A bill to ban commercial surrogacy is fraught with complications that will invariably drive it underground, endangering the health and interests of the surrogate...
A boy hangs strands of vermicelli, a specialty eaten during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, to dry at a factory in Allahabad

Diluting child rights

Amendments to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 proscribe employing children below the age of 14. But exemptions in the new law...
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu (right) with his deputy Manoj Sinha showing the Railway Budget papers on arrival at Parliament to present the annual Railway Budget for year 2016-17, in New Delhi. Photo: UNI

No railway budget, come 2017

From next year, India will not witness a separate railway budget. It is set to be merged with the general budget, come 2017. The...
Customers shop at a Best Price Modern Wholesale store, a joint venture of Wal-Mart Stores and Bharti Enterprises, in Zirakpur

GST: A Dream for Indian Consumers?

Indirect taxes have been the bane of the common man. With a common tax regime now in place, will corporate pass on the benefits...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Committing suicide can’t be an offense

The Rajya Sabha recently passed the Mental Health Care Bill 2013 which says that a person who attempts to commit suicide will not be...
Happier times for FM Arun Jaitley. But the road ahead on GST could be tricky. Photo: UNI

GST Bill: Pluses & Minuses

The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014, paving the way for Goods and Services Tax, was finally passed in the Rajya Sabha on August 3, 2016

SLAPP Attack!

Filing Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation has become the first choice of action for big businesses to threaten journalists and activists who expose their...

Aborted Without Discussion

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s private member bill decriminalizing homosexuality was voted out even before it was introduced in the Lok Sabha. This was unfortunate...

Disorder over Order

The order of a judge of the Gujarat High Court where he remarked on reservation almost led to his impeachment before the offending paragraph...

Bill of Contention

THE Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill 2015 was finally cleared by the Rajya Sabha on December 22. Having already been...

'rajya sabha' - 60 News Results

Amit Shah

Anti-terror law which empowers govt to designate individuals as terrorists gets RS nod

A law which gives the power to the government to designate individuals as terrorists was passed by Rajya Sabha on Friday. The Bill amending the...
Muslim Women

Major Win For Govt As Strategic Walkouts By Some Opposition Parties Help Triple...

Several opposition parties made a show of opposing the bill and walked out of the house as the Rajya Sabha passed by a simple...
A single window for winding up of companies

Companies (Amendment) Bill 2019 receives Parliament’s nod

The Rajya Sabha has passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2019, for better corporate governance. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Bill seeks “to ensure...
Rajya Sabha

Triple Talaq Bill now a reality – receives Parliament’s nod

The ‘Triple Talaq Bill’ has been passed by the Parliament on declaration by Rajya Sabha Chairman Shri Venkaiah Naidu of the Bill receiving 99...
Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 passed by Lok Sabha

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 passed by Lok Sabha

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 is one of the many Bills that were passed in the previous Lok Sabha but lapsed due to completion...
Ministers MA Naqvi, Ravi Shankar Prasad at Parliament House, New Delhi/Photo: UNI

A Convenient Lapse of Memory?

Above: Ministers MA Naqvi, Ravi Shankar Prasad at Parliament House, New Delhi/Photo: UNI Pendency of bills in the Upper House is cause for concern. After...
Gujarat Congress leader Paresh Dhanani

SC dismisses Gujarat Congress leader plea seeking simultaneous polls for filling up Rajya Sabha...

By Venkatasubramanian The idea of holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections once in five years is a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ...

Tabled in Rajya Sabha, C&AG report on Rafale Deal spells more trouble for Modi...

Exhaustive C&AG report punches holes in Modi government’s claims on Rafale deal, says enhancements made in Rafale in 2016 were not needed The much awaited...

Reservation Bill For General category Poor To Be Introduced In Rajya Sabha Today

The Constitution (103rd Amendment) Bill bill that seeks to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the general category poor will...
Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

Govt Will Push Triple Talaq Bill Again In Rajya Sabha Today

The government will make another attempt on Monday to get the Triple Talaq bill passed in Rajya Sabha despite the numbers being heavily stashed...

Government, Opposition All Set To Lock Horns Over Triple Talaq, Rafale JPC in Parliament

The government and the opposition are all set to lock horns in Parliament on Wednesday as the Rajya Sabha meets for the first time...
Non-mentioning of Nikah Halala petition during SC vacation irks CJI

Opposition Stalls Rajya Sabha Over Triple Talaq: House Adjourned Till Jan 2

The Rajya Sabha was today adjourned until Wednesday following still resistance put up by the opposition parties  to the Triple Talaq Bill that seeks...
Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

Triple Talaq Bill In Rajya Sabha Today, Opposition To Fight Tooth and Nail

The Triple Talaq bill that seeks to  make the practice of instant divorce among Muslims a criminal offence with a provision of three-year jail...
Our Most-Read Stories of 2018

Our Most-Read Stories of 2018

~By Inderjit Badhwar India Legal maintains its advancement and evolution. There’s nothing mechanical about this. The magazine’s expansion, predominantly online, is owing to the editors...
Triple-talaq

AIMPLB: Will Ensure Talaq Bill Is Not Passed In Rajya Sabha

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said that it will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the Triple Talaq bill...
Conduct of Elections: No to NOTA

Conduct of Elections: No to NOTA

The Supreme Court has ruled that though this option may be “an elixir” in direct polls, it could undermine the purity of democracy if...
Triple Talaq Bill

Triple Talaq Bill deferred to next session for lack of consensus in Rajya Sabha

Even after a year following the Supreme Court’s five-judge bench (judges from five different faiths) declared talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq unconstitutional and not...
Rajya Sabha passes bill including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below 12 years

Rajya Sabha passes bill including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below...

The Rajya Sabha on Monday (August 6) passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018 mandating a maximum penalty of death to those convicted of...
The Soft Cell

The Soft Cell

~By Dilip Bobb A judge in the UK hearing the extradition case against fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya has asked for a video of the cell...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

Dutt’s Not the Way This government—and its army of trolls—has made no bones about its animosity towards NDTV and in particular, former NDTV anchor Barkha...
Sharad Yadav

SC allows rebel JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav to hold his official bungalow

Above: Sharad Yadav (file pic) The apex court on Thursday (June 7) allowed rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav to hold his official bungalow on the...
Politics of Embarrassment

Politics of Embarrassment

The glacial pace of action increasingly imperils both judicial independence and the constitutional republic   ~By Upendra Baxi   There has been more heat than light over the...
Murdering Parliament through Ordinances

STRANGLING PARLIAMENT

~By Inderjit Badhwar The cover story this week (India Legal magazine) is an example of the continuing alarms that India Legal sounds to warn readers...
Impeachment Dilemma: Wrong Man for Wrong Job

Impeachment Dilemma: Wrong Man for Wrong Job

Above: (L to R) Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal and CPI leader D Raja at a press meet on the CJI...
Mukhtar Ansari of the Bahujan Samaj Party who is in jail was barred from voting in recent Rajya Sabha elections

Barred from Voting Too

Above: Mukhtar Ansari of the Bahujan Samaj Party who is in jail was barred from voting in recent Rajya Sabha elections In a first case...
Sushma Swaraj

Held hostage by ISIS in Iraq, all 39 Indians killed: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informs Parliament that 39 Indians who had gone missing in Iraq in 2014 have been killed, mass grave found...
Ruling with an Iron Fist!

Ruling with an Iron Fist!

Above: (L-R) Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani; Prasar Bharati chairman Surya Prakash  The stand-off between the minister and the public broadcaster threatens the...
Rafale deal: Sitharaman says govt can’t reveal details due to Secrecy Agreement

Rafale deal: Sitharaman says govt can’t reveal details due to Secrecy Agreement

The Centre cannot disclose details of the Rafale fighter aircraft deal due to a "Secrecy Agreement" with France, Union Minister of Defence (MoD) Nirmala...
EC suggests 5 amendments to Constitution for simultaneous polls

EC suggests 5 amendments to Constitution for simultaneous polls

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat, Photo Credit: Agencies Election Commission backs proposal for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls but says 5 Articles under the...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Repent in Haste The tendency among media outlets for so-called “exclusives” and to be quickest on the draw is creating not just fake news but...
Aadhaar linkages case: Venugopal says “we entirely deny data leakage”

Divan points out technical faults, lack of legal framework and the sheer unconstitutionality of...

Photo: Anil Shakya The Aadhaar hearings continued for the second day before the Supreme Court constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A...
Muslim women protesting against the controversial provisions of the triple talaq Bill in New Delhi on Jan 4, 2018. Photo: UNI

The Politics of Triple Talaq Bill

The slug-fest over Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill ended temporarily with the Rajya Sabha being adjourned but the battle-lines are firmly...
Parliament’s budget session from Jan 29, budget to be presented on Feb 1

Parliament’s budget session from Jan 29, budget to be presented on Feb 1

As winter session ends, Union parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar announces schedule for the budget session  Soon after the Winter Session of Parliament ended on Friday following...

Fate of anti-triple talaq Bill in limbo, Parliament adjourns sine die

Unwilling to yield to the Opposition’s demand for referring the anti-triple talaq Bill to a Rajya Sabha select committee, Centre allows proposed law to...
RS adjourned again without discussion on anti-triple talaq Bill

RS adjourned again without discussion on anti-triple talaq Bill

With consensus evading on the passage of the Bill, Opposition likely to force Centre on sending the legislation to a Rajya Sabha select panel For...
Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha last week was introduced in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid Opposition protests With...
Modi govt takes a step back on NMC Bill, refers it to Parl panel; docs end stir

Modi govt takes a step back on NMC Bill, refers it to Parl panel;...

Controversial NMC Bill referred to a Parliamentary standing committee soon after health minister JP Nadda claimed that talks were one with agitating doctors  In a...
Members of Parliament engaged in a heated debate in the Lok Sabha. Photo: UNI

Fast-Track Courts: Unequal Before the Law

The government’s decision to set up 12 such courts for legislators comes at a time when there are over 2.8 crore pending cases. Should...
Former MP Mahmood A Madani in ticket racket

Former MP Mahmood A Madani in ticket racket

Above: Former MP Mahmood A Madani. Photo: YouTube A case had come up before the court of Sunil Rana, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge,...
MP High Court judge accused in sexual harassment case cleared by Rajya Sabha panel

MP High Court judge accused in sexual harassment case cleared by Rajya Sabha panel

Photo caption: M.P (Jabalpur) High Court (File pic) Justice SK Gangele of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has been cleared of the charge of sexual...
With 40 Bills on agenda, Parliament’s winter session commences

With 40 Bills on agenda, Parliament’s winter session commences

As Congress and other Opposition parties hope to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government on a slew of issues, stormy session likely  As...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Custodial torture: Law commission report makes strong observations

The Law Commission’s 273rd Report asks the government to put a stop to endemic torture ~By Venkatasubramanian It does not require a compilation of a...
SC blasts Centre for delaying tactics on Delhi environmental issues

SC judge asks how a candidate can enter into a business, while he is...

While hearing a PIL by Lok Prahari, the Supreme Court bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer had moved into the territory...
Photo: Kh Manglembi Devi

Transgender Bill: A Rainbow in the Sky

A report by a Standing Committee has made far-reaching recommendations on the controversial Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 and has taken a...
Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind. Photo: UNI

BJP names rank outsider Kovind as its Presidential candidate

The NDA has selected a rank outsider, so to say, to be its Presidential candidate. BJP president Amit Shah named Bihar governor Ram Nath...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Up, the Republic With days to go for the launch of Arnab Goswami’s new channel, the stakes are being raised in what is the mother...
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before presenting the Budget for 2017-18 in Parliament. Photo: UNI

What’s the Hurry?

The Rajya Sabha passed amendments to Finance Bill 2017, and the Lok Sabha promptly rejected it under Article 109. Finance Minister Jaitley however frets...
African students protesting after several students of their community were beaten up in Greater Noida. Photo: twitter

Prejudice or backlash?

The recent attacks on Nigerians in Greatar Noida show that private biases are now openly vented triggering a larger debate as how much intolerance...
People queue up for an Aadhaar card. Photo: UNI

Aadhaar: The Great Divide

A petition in the Supreme Court has reopened the debate over Money and Financial Bills. It has serious implications for parliamentary procedure ~By Devender...
Parliamentarians and leaders from various political parties march towards Rashtrapati Bhavan against the government’s demonetization move. Photo: UNI

Is Demonetization Godsend for the Opposition?

While Modi claims that demonetization has helped the common man, his opponents are seeing this as a golden chance to attack him and increase...
Supreme Court; Kapil Sibal

Appeal to “enduring ethos of the Constitution”

Kapil Sibal says that “seminal” issues are at stake in the interpretation of Section 123 (3) Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr In the ongoing arguments before the...
Journey of Bill 330; Photo: UNI

Legislating a law

When a bill journeys through parliament, it goes through an elaborate process. What finally emerges from the parliamentary crucible is unassailable. By Devender Singh Come every...
Surrogacy Bill 2016: Womb worries

Surrogacy Bill 2016: Womb worries

A bill to ban commercial surrogacy is fraught with complications that will invariably drive it underground, endangering the health and interests of the surrogate...
A boy hangs strands of vermicelli, a specialty eaten during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, to dry at a factory in Allahabad

Diluting child rights

Amendments to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 proscribe employing children below the age of 14. But exemptions in the new law...
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu (right) with his deputy Manoj Sinha showing the Railway Budget papers on arrival at Parliament to present the annual Railway Budget for year 2016-17, in New Delhi. Photo: UNI

No railway budget, come 2017

From next year, India will not witness a separate railway budget. It is set to be merged with the general budget, come 2017. The...
Customers shop at a Best Price Modern Wholesale store, a joint venture of Wal-Mart Stores and Bharti Enterprises, in Zirakpur

GST: A Dream for Indian Consumers?

Indirect taxes have been the bane of the common man. With a common tax regime now in place, will corporate pass on the benefits...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Committing suicide can’t be an offense

The Rajya Sabha recently passed the Mental Health Care Bill 2013 which says that a person who attempts to commit suicide will not be...
Happier times for FM Arun Jaitley. But the road ahead on GST could be tricky. Photo: UNI

GST Bill: Pluses & Minuses

The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014, paving the way for Goods and Services Tax, was finally passed in the Rajya Sabha on August 3, 2016

SLAPP Attack!

Filing Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation has become the first choice of action for big businesses to threaten journalists and activists who expose their...

Aborted Without Discussion

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s private member bill decriminalizing homosexuality was voted out even before it was introduced in the Lok Sabha. This was unfortunate...

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