‘Pub’ in Republic- Interesting Court Room Exchanges

Part IV of the Constitution of India contains the Chapter on Directive Principles of State Policy (“DPSP”). The Part casts a non-binding obligation on the government, to promote and achieve certain objectives mentioned therein. The debate and furore over protection of cattle, implementation of the Uniform Civil Code and recognizing labour rights, all have their... Continue Reading →

15 August- Bombay High Court and a Supersession

[Happy 74th Independence Day to my fellow Indians!] 74 years ago, India attained independence from its erstwhile colonial masters. On the eve of 15 August 1947 Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru (first Prime Minister of India) made his famous ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech wherein he remarked that ‘at the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world... Continue Reading →

Referendums and the Indian Constitution

Earlier this month, Russia voted on an important referendum that brought significant changes to its Constitution. The Russians decided to grant President Putin the option of leading the country until the year 2036, by limiting a President’s Rule to two six-year terms in total rather than two consecutive terms. They also voted to effectively ban... Continue Reading →

There was a Somerset, long before Dred Scot!

Last month, Americans were on streets protesting against the tragic murder of George Floyd, an African-American national who died due to police brutality. Floyd’s episode gave rise to questions about racism and status of other races (particularly African Americans) in USA. One cannot talk of African-Americans without bringing up the infamous case of Dred Scott... Continue Reading →

African-Americans and the United States Constitution

‘I can’t breathe!’ These were the last words of George Floyd, an African-American citizen of the United States of America who died due to police brutality, recently. Floyd was arrested for allegedly using counterfeit currency for buying cigarettes. He was pinned down by officer Derek Chauvin who knelt Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, causing... Continue Reading →

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