Matters of Legislation: Dynamics between the Centre and the States

Did you ever raise an eyebrow over the fact that India with its strong federal structure is not a federation? For a sovereign nation to be called a federation, the legislative powers between the Centre and the States need to be divided in an independent manner such that they remain within their sphere. Unlike the American Federation, India was called a Union of States as its formation was not the result of an agreement by the States and no State can secede from it. According to BR Ambedkar and the Drafting Committee of 1947, the indestructibility of our federal nation made it a Union. (more…)

Journalism: A Brave Affair?

By Arifa Khan, Post Graduate College of Law, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air. -Henry Anatole Grunwald

Journalism is a very noble profession that makes people aware of things happening in the world around us. The journalists bring out the truth, which is why, many a time, it is considered a dangerous profession and it surely has been backed up by proper evidence. (more…)

Uniform Civil Code: The need for change in Muslim Personal Laws

By Anuveeta Datta Chowdhury, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun.

The year 1947 marked the liberation of India from the yoke of the colonial domination. The period after independence witnessed (a) evolution of a new class, (b) the proclamation of the Indian constitution based on the principles of democracy and civil liberty; and (c) the formulation of a development policy based on egalitarian power equation. (more…)

Quem retenemento-Reservation For Whom?

By Mohammad Anas, Aligarh Muslim University, Kerala.

Reservation! A debatable topic that has always been and shall always be an issue of concern in our country. This number game is harming the society more than it is benefiting us. The idea of caste based reservation system was envisioned by William Hunter and Jyotirao Phule in various forms in 1882 and implemented by Chatrapati Sahuji in 1901. The term was changed to “Depressed Class” in 1932 by Ambedkar and later to “Scheduled Caste/Tribes” during the framing of the constitution in 1950. (more…)