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Kesavananda Bharati, seer behind 1973 SC judgment on ‘basic structure’ of Constitution, dies

In 1973, after a petition was filed by Kesavananda Bharati, Supreme Court ruled that Parliament cannot alter the 'basic structure' of the Constitution.
A "Vote Here" sign is displayed outside a polling location in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US | Photographer: Ben Brewer | Bloomberg

Why the right to vote is not in the US constitution

The constitution framers of the US didn’t forget the right to vote– they intentionally left it out.
BJP party supporters at a rally (Representational image)

Mourn idea of India, but don’t forget that the idea of people is changing too

Modi’s new India is a new idea of the people. And politicians and intellectuals must bow to it unquestioningly.
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India’s democracy crumbling? Constitution shows how to create democracy in unlikely settings

Ashutosh Varshney, in his reading of Madhav Khosla’s new book, writes how India is a democracy by design and the Constitution its teacher.
CRPF vehicles stationed at Lal Chowk on the first day of the two-day curfew in Srinagar, Tuesday, 4 Aug 2020 | PTI

Treat people of J&K like those in northeast states. Include us in Article 371: Muzaffar Baig

A year on, the claim that scrapping Article 370 will enhance nationalist feelings is yet to fructify on the ground, writes J&K’s former deputy CM.
Representational image of a J&K Police barricade | File photo: PTI

IAS, IPS officers in J&K accused of ‘anti-national’ activity can now be fired without probe

The provision is one of the changes taking effect as a result of the scrapping of Article 370, a decision taken by the Modi govt on 5 August last year.
Shaheen Bagh | ThePrint

Indian secularism still has a future if followers stop blame game with RSS: Rajmohan Gandhi

Yogendra Yadav's understanding of Abhay Dubey's book on Indian secularism is indisputable. But let's not forget that secularism forced even RSS to accept lower-caste Hindus.
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Constitution wasn’t ready for health crisis like coronavirus. It is leading to a logjam

Judicial and democratic processes have been put on hold due to Covid. Stark constitutional and legislative reforms are required to ensure India runs smoothly.
A man holds a placard 'No CAB, No NRC' at a protest against the amended citizenship law in old Delhi on 20 December 2019 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint Photo

States going against NRC-NPR should know two wrongs don’t make a right

In attempting to uphold the Constitution of India, state governments such as Kerala, Telengana and Rajasthan must not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
scales of justice

Why an atheist witness was ‘forced’ to take oath in the name of God in a Guwahati court

Earlier this week, a lower court in Guwahati refused an ‘atheist’ journalist from Arunachal to swear in the name of Constitution as there is no such provision for people like him.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
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Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.