Minorities in India: Who Decides?

In the year 2017, Sri Ashwini Upadhyay, a lawyer and senior BJP leader had filed a PIL in the Supreme Court of India asking, primarily, for section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Act of 1992 to be declared as void and unconstitutional. He later withdrew the petition stating that he would approach... Continue Reading →

Constitutional Morality And Religious Practices

In the recent Sabarimala judgment, one of the 'principles' used by the honourable judges was that of 'Constitutional morality' to decide that the ancient practice of restricting women of a certain age from entering the Sri Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala was unconstitutional. The conclusion drawn was that the rights under the Constitution that were related... Continue Reading →

Article 25 and Religious Practices

Article 25 of our Constitution is what grants us the right to freedom of religion. Its exact reading is as below. ============================= 25. Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion (1) Subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this Part, all persons are equally entitled to... Continue Reading →

The Real Core Voter Won’t Be Silenced

A few days back, an article titled “Why The Core Hindu Voter is Upset With Modi” was published in the Swarajya magazine. The same writeup also appeared as the cover article in their May 2018 print edition. It analyzed the outlook of the present Modi administration towards Core Hindu issues and surmised that there has... Continue Reading →

Approaches to Affirmative Action

Apple from the Hills Consider a hilly area near the Himalayas somewhere in North India. Owned entirely by the local Government, a special variety of Apple grew there. Every year, only a few hundred apple grew and there was always heavy demand for the same. After harvest, the Government, with all its noble intentions, gave... Continue Reading →

Issues with the Karnataka HR & CE Act

Recently, the Karnataka Government sent out a circular seeking feedback from the public over the issue of taking over of Hindu mathas and (additional) temples. In the face of a strong backlash, the circular was withdrawn within a day. Even as the entire HR&CE Act was struck down as being unconstitutional by the Karnataka High... Continue Reading →

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