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No ‘one nation, one poll’ without amending Constitution, law panel to tell Modi govt

The Law Commission is not expected to take a stand for or against simultaneous elections. Its report will be made public Tuesday.
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What is Article 35A and why J&K is up in arms against attempts to ‘fiddle’ with it

The SC is set to hear petitions calling for the scrapping of the provision, which has raised fears in the Valley  New Delhi: On 7 August, the Supreme Court will hear petitions questioning the validity of the Article 35A, which grants special rights to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The state, already on the edge, could face another crisis if this controversial provision is amended. There have already been peaceful protests by trade bodies, religious and educational groups in the Valley over fears that the provision could get scrapped. The legal wrangling is being viewed as an attack on the fundamental rights of the people of J&K. All the major political parties in J&K, barring the BJP, have already pledged to protect Article 35A. On Friday, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti warned that “fiddling” with the special status will “have catastrophic ramifications” for the country. “Today people cutting across party lines & other...
Arun Jaitley

Congress is now compromising India’s sovereignty

Sovereignty and citizenship are the soul of India. Imported vote banks are not. Territory and citizens are the two most important aspects of a sovereign State. The principal duty of any Government is to defend the borders of the country, prevent any trespass and make the life of its citizens safe and secure. Independent India has faced a major challenge to protect its sovereignty in Jammu and Kashmir. At the time of Independence and partition of India, Assam was also a sore issue for Pakistan. They resented the fact that like Kashmir, Assam became a part of Independent India. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, in his book ‘Myth of Independence’ wrote: “It would be wrong that Kashmir is the only issue that divides India and Pakistan, though undoubtedly the most significant. One at least is nearly as important as the Kashmir dispute, is that of Assam and some districts of India adjoining the...
Parliament House

Law Commission set to recommend simultaneous polls, says it won’t hurt India’s federalism

Unlike the US, which is a federation of states, India is a union of states. Therefore, federalism won’t really get undermined, the report is set to say.
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Women have constitutional right to enter Sabarimala temple: Supreme Court

Women cannot be discriminated against with regard to offering prayer in a temple, observed the apex court.
A man holds a flag of Bharatiya Janata Party at the courtyard of the party's headquarters in New Delhi (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE) | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Not Congress but BJP has lived up to the commitment to preserve Constitution

Critics of Deendayal Upadhyaya must remember the BJP ideologue never advocated wholesale amendment or mutilation of the Constitution.
Women line up at an Aadhar camp | Getty Images

The Aadhaar challenge: 3 features that put constitutional rights at risk

Even if the state can interfere with a constitutional right based on some legitimate state interest, the intrusion can’t be arbitrary.
Reservation

Reservation in job promotion is a knot India has been struggling to untie

As a Supreme Court constitutional bench looks into the reservation in promotion policy, here’s how three landmark judgments have dealt with the controversial issue.
Supreme Court of India Justice Jasti Chelameswar during a book launch

Justice Chelameswar’s legacy is fraught with contradictions

Justice Chelameswar’s stepping out as a leader of the collegium is important, but as a judge in NJAC case, he privileged the executive as central to individual liberty and the structure of constitutional institutions. 
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad | BJP Twitter

Dear Ravi Shankar Prasad, soul of Constitution resides not in images, but in its text

Since the text of the Constitution goes against the Hindu Right’s worldview, minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has to scavenge the manuscript to show us pictures to suggest its Hindu-ness.

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BCCI set to seek World Cup ban on Pakistan: Playing to the gallery or a stand on terror?

The BCCI is being urged to ask the ICC to ban Pakistan from participating in the World Cup cricket tournament for harbouring Jaish-e-Mohammed, which carried out the Pulwama terror attack.

Defence

A CRPF soldier stands guard near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

Home ministry’s air travel facility for central forces won’t replace convoys in Kashmir

After launch of air travel facility for central forces, including CRPF, BSF and NSG, Thursday, ministry official says 'practically impossible to do away with the convoy'.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.