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Be calm, our Constitution has already been amended 101 times

The need for an overhaul of the Constitution has also been evidenced by the setting up of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC) in 2000. Our Constitution has already been amended 101 times.
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The Constitution is not the sum of its words, not reducible to any one or two of them

Our Constitution is not defined by individual words such as “socialism” or “secularism.” It is constituted by the text as a whole, by its structure, by the historical processes, movements, and debates that led to its framing. , writes Gautam Bhatia
Talk Point

A Hegde here and there cannot alter the essence of our Constitution

The Constitution of India is dedicated to the ideas of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Any identification, beyond that of being ‘Indian' is not secular.

The cat is finally out of the bag: Hindutva leaders’ utter disdain for the Indian Constitution

Anantkumar Hegde has at least ended the hypocrisy and showed us the Hindutvavadis’ real intent, which can now permit an honest debate.

This MP warned the Constitution didn’t give Indians freedom of speech. He’s been proven right

Historically, the imposition of restrictions on the right of citizens to freedom of speech and expression in the Constitution was neither inevitable nor unopposed.
Congress party workers paying tribute to the first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

TalkPoint: In many significant ways, Nehru’s vision for India seems passé

Nehru’s vision and idea of India could only take shape to the extent that other strong men allowed it room, writes Neeti Nair.

The conversation we’re having about reservations isn’t the one we should be having

The government should end its embargo on caste data from the 2011 Census, and the Supreme Court should revisit its arbitrary limit of 50 percent on reservations.
A protest in Bengaluru over the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh protest shows liberalism can’t be confined to classroom, TV or Twitter

The revival of a new form of constitutional liberalism can be the political glue that binds diverse social forces.

Triple talaq verdict creates society with social democracy

The SC judgment heralds a new thought and turns away from the practices which are indeed “bad in theology” and creates a society with social democracy.
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Hypocritical contestations

There isn't much to choose between BJP and opposition parties when it comes to their record of undermining constitutional principles. T.N. Ninan

On Camera

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India’s caste problem has a silver lining: urbanisation, and inter-caste marriage

Unlike villages, search for partners in cities shifts its focus from family and caste networks to friends and professional networks.

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.