Who Are Puisne Judges?

Context: While recommending two names for appointment as judges of the Supreme Court, the Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India said in a statement that the collegium had taken into “consideration the seniority of Chief Justices and senior puisne Judges.” Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: What does puisne mean, […]

 Uniform Civil Code

Context No decision has been taken on implementing a uniform civil code in the country “as of now”, Union Law Minister told the Rajya Sabha. Relevance: GS II- Polity Dimensions of the Article: What is Uniform Civil Code (UCC)? Article 44 is one of the Directive Principles of State Policy. These, as defined in Article 37, […]

What Is Judicial Majoritarianism?

Context: As the recent majority judgment of the Supreme Court on demonetisation comes under criticism, the minority judgment by J. Nagarathna is being hailed for its challenge to the RBI’s institutional acquiescence to the Central government. This questions our blind acceptance of numerical majorities in judicial decision-making. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of […]

National Commission for Women

Focus: GS II: Polity and Governance Why in News? The Hon’ble President of India will address the 31st Foundation Day of the National Commission for Women in Delhi. About the National Commission for Women (NCW) Violence against women in India Constitutional Safeguards and Legislations

Beating Retreat Ceremony

Context: The Beating Retreat Ceremony held in Vijay Chowk, Delhi, is a sombre end to the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations in India, including the Republic Day parade held nearby a few days prior. Relevance GS II- Polity and Governance Dimensions of this article: What is Beating Retreat Ceremony? How has the ceremony evolved? -Source: The […]

Sub-Categorisation of OBCs

Context: The Justice G. Rohini-led commission for the sub-categorisation of other backward classes (OBCs) has been given yet another extension in its tenure by the President, according to a Gazette notification issued by the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Relevance: GS II- Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: What is sub-categorisation of […]

Marriage laws for Minors

Context: Recently, the Supreme Court announced that it would examine whether minor girls, as young as 15 years, can marry on the basis of custom or personal law when such marriages are considered an offence in statutory law. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: Details: Supreme Court to Address Child Marriages […]

Mahadayi River Dispute

Context: Government of Goa has sought an early hearing by the Supreme Court in the Mahadayi river sharing issue involving Karnataka. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: About Mahadayi (Mandovi) river What is the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project? Why is the Dispute? What did the Tribunal say? What happened after the notification? […]

How Were The Fundamental Duties Incorporated in the Constitution?

Focus: GS II- Polity (Indian Constitution) Why in News? The Vice President called upon the youth to  practise and follow Fundamental Duties in the Constitution, while exercising their Fundamental Rights. How were the fundamental duties incorporated in the Constitution? What are the fundamental duties of the citizen? Article 51(A) says it shall be the duty […]

Chargesheet: Not Public Document

Context: Recently, The Supreme Court held that chargesheets are not ‘public documents’ and enabling their free public access violates the provisions of the Criminal Code of Procedure as it compromises the rights of the accused, victim, and the investigation agencies. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: What is a chargesheet? Difference […]