सांसद निधि से नुकसान ज्यादा

प्रत्येक संसद सदस्य को अपने क्षेत्र के विकास के लिए सांसद निधि के तहत हर साल पांच करोड़ रुपये दिये जाते हैं. सदस्य के सुझाव के आधार पर इस राशि से क्षेत्र में विकास कार्य कराये जाते हैं. हालांकि, इस प्रक्रिया पर सवाल हैं. स्थानीय क्षेत्र विकास के लिए सांसदों को दिया जानेवाला यह फंड […]

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The status of NOTA

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The phrase ‘criminalisation of politics’ entered the Indian lexicon in 1993 when it was used by the Vohra Committee which had been set up “to take stock of all available information about the activities of crime syndicates/mafia organisations which had developed links with and were being protected by government functionaries and political personalities”. This high-powered […]

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चुनावी प्रक्रिया में ठोस सुधार किए बिना महिलाओं के विरुद्ध जघन्य अपराध खत्म करना संभव नहीं

crimeAgainstwomen

हैदराबाद में एक पशु चिकित्सक युवती के साथ सामूहिक दुष्कर्म और उसकी हत्या कर उसके शव को जलाने की जो नृशंस घटना घटी उससे पूरे देश में गम और गुस्सा दिखाई दिया। देश भर के लोगों का रोष स्वाभाविक भी था, लेकिन जो आक्रोश संसद में और संसद के बाहर विभिन्न दलों के नेताओं ने […]

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Govt policy on funding political parties bad news for democracy

The government decided to issue electoral bonds as a money bill. This was unconstitutional because electoral bonds are not covered by the definition of ‘money bill’ in the Constitution. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the sole authority to issue currency under Section 31 of the RBI Act, was approached four days before the announcement […]

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Chief Justice of India is now covered by the RTI Act. Political parties must come next

There was never any doubt that the Supreme Court of India is a “public authority” under the Right to Information Act. This story began on November 10, 2007, when the veteran RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agarwal filed an RTI application “seeking information on declaration of assets made by the judges to the Chief Justices in […]

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Justice Denied: The Curious Case of an Inordinate Delay in a Judge’s Elevation

The Centre’s disregard for procedure and recommendation when it comes to Justice A.A. Kureshi is mysterious and telling. Consider the following sequence of events: In 1983, a  young man – let’s call him Y.M. – gets an LL.B. degree and starts practicing as an advocate in the high court of state ABC. In March 2004, […]

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