Human Dignity vs. Religious Practices

Syllabus: Indian Constitution: Fundamental Rights Source: TH Context: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court allowed the resumption of “annadhanam” and “angapradakshanam” at Nerur Sathguru Sadasiva Brahmendral’s resting place. What is “annadhanam” and “angapradakshanam”?   Annadhanam is the practice of offering free food to devotees. Angapradakshanam involves circumambulation by rolling on the ground around …

Patna High Court strikes down 65% quota in Bihar

 Syllabus: Indian Constitution: Fundamental Rights Source: TH Context: The Patna High Court recently struck down Bihar’s attempt to raise Backward Classes (BC) reservation to 18%, Extremely Backward Communities (EBC) to 25%, and adjusted quotas for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, resulting in a total reservation of 65%.   Background of the case: The Bihar government …

Right to reside

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The Delhi High Court has ruled that a foreigner cannot claim the right to reside in India under Article 19(1)(e) of the Constitution, which grants all citizens the right to reside and settle in any part of India. The judgment came during the hearing of a habeas …

Puttaswamy’ and the fading promise of a right

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Indian Constitution- historical underpinning, evolution, features, amendments, FRs etc   Source: The Hindu Directions: Important for both prelims and mains, questions from right to privacy have been asked in UPSC before. Context: Marking five years since a nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court of India delivered a crucial judgment in the …

At times, judiciary assumes the role of the legislature and proposes new laws and regulations that the legislative body should have enacted instead. However, judiciary may have transgressed its jurisdiction, violating the doctrine of separation of powers. Critically analyse.

Topic: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 3. At times, judiciary assumes the role of the legislature and proposes new laws and regulations that the legislative body should have enacted instead. However, judiciary may have transgressed its jurisdiction, violating the doctrine of separation of powers. Critically analyse. (250 words) Difficulty …

Digitisation in India is making strides at a great pace. Hence, access to internet becomes pertinent for the upliftment of the masses as a social measure. Do you think access to internet should be declared as a fundamental right? Critically analyse.

Topic: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 3. Digitisation in India is making strides at a great pace. Hence, access to internet becomes pertinent for the upliftment of the masses as a social measure. Do you think access to internet should be declared as a fundamental right? Critically analyse. (250 …

Supreme court refuses plea for including madrasas, Vedic schools under RTE:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: The Supreme Court has refused to intervene in a petition challenging sections of the Right to Education Act of 2009 which exclude vedic pathsalas , madrasas and institutions imparting religious …

Can’t curtail right to move freely or reside anywhere on flimsy grounds

GS Paper 2: Topic covered: Significant provisions of the Indian constitution   Context: Recent opinion tendered by the Supreme Court of India on an externment order passed by Maharashtra police More on this issue What is an externment order? Externment orders prevent the movement of a person in certain areas. Grounds for issuing such an …

SC sets aside Haryana order creating a sub-category of creamy layer

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: Supreme Court has quashed Haryana government’s notification. It said economic criterion can’t be sole basis to decide ‘creamy layer’.   What is Reservation? In simple terms, it is all about reserving …

Gujarat anti-conversion law

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: Gujarat Government has defended its new anti-conversion law in High Court saying marriages cannot be tool for “forceful conversion”.   What’s the issue? The HC is hearing two petitions that have …

Right to be forgotten:

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.   Context: The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre and search engine giant Google to respond to a petition by two businessmen, who have invoked the “right to be forgotten”, and sought the removal of certain articles relating …

Why has NCPCR recommended minority schools be brought under RTE?

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has released a report assessing minority schools in the country. The report has analysed the impact of exemptions provided to Minority institutions …