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Supreme Court of India

No, my lord: Indians are unequal and our laws can’t be caste neutral

Supreme Court shouldn’t question special rights to SC/ST at a time when other countries are making laws to protect oppressed groups.
Indian military

The real problem with AFSPA is how a normal law can bypass constitutional safeguards

India does not need to look far to see how military power can undermine constitutional orders.
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.
Representational image | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

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.
File photo of the Constitution of India | Commons

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.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat | DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images

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.
DMK party

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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Rob Stothard - WPA Pool/Getty Images

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.
A postage stamp dedicated to Balkrishna Sharma | Indian Stamp Company/stampexindia.com

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.

On Camera

PM Modi in Lok Sabha

India matlab Narendra Modi: How the PM learnt branding from Coca-Cola

Modi has followed the marketing strategy of fast-moving consumer goods and sold himself as the biggest brand of ‘vikaspanthi’ politics.
aap

Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

Pakistan sends a ‘message’ to Modi, test-fires nuclear missile on day of his poll sweep

Pakistan tested ballistic missile Shaheen-II, which has a range of 1,500 km. Indian security experts say timing of the test clear signal to new govt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.