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Kanshiram (centre) along with the other founding members of BAMCEF in the 1970s | Facebook

Kanshi Ram matters in 2019 polls and why some think he deserves a Bharat Ratna

Kanshi Ram promised the lower castes that if they can organise themselves into a grand voting bloc, they will become the ruler of this country.
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How directive principles fuel BJP and Congress politics on cow and Hindutva

The Narendra Modi-led BJP govt reinvented the directive principles as an important source for its brand of majoritarianism.
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Modi calls Constitution a ‘holy book’ but his government violates its letter and spirit

The Narendra Modi government has presided over the weakening of several important institutions, including the council of ministers and RBI.
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No Rahul Gandhi, BJP doesn’t want to destroy Constitution. It’s more complicated

RSS-BJP’s relationship with the Indian Constitution has changed over the years.
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DMK challenges govt’s 10% quota in Madras HC, says it ‘offends structure of Constitution’

The DMK, in its plea, said the reservation does not apply to those communities which were ostracised for centuries in matters of education and employment.
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Modi government’s economic quota is unconstitutional

The new constitutional amendment suffers from three major legal flaws.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Modi govt’s 10 per cent quota for upper caste poor doesn’t stand the test of Constitution

Historical exclusion from services and social backwardness led to the introduction of reservations under our constitutional scheme.
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Balkrishna Sharma: A freedom fighter & poet admired by Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Balkrishna Sharma campaigned vigorously for Hindi to be declared a national language of India. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1960.
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For BJP and RSS, road to the Hindu Rashtra is not through Constitution

The contemporary Hindutva politics is also critical of the idea of ‘communal majority’.
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With 3 pillars of democracy falling apart, it’s time to read the Constitution once again

Constitution-framers wanted these three wings to function independently, with clearly defined separation of powers.

On Camera

Africa has a new health care crisis — obesity

The recently published Global Wellness Index set alarm bells ringing when South Africa scored poorly for life expectancy, alcohol use, depression and diabetes.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.

Defence

1 soldier killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.
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China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?