Governance

Ordinance Power

Facts: Ex President Pranab Mukharjee: Ordinances should be resorted to only in “compelling circumstances.” According to PRS Legislative Research’s data 16 and 15 central ordinances were promulgated in 2019 and 2020 respectively. In the 2010s, the yearly average was 7. States have also been using the ordinance route to enact laws. For example, in 2020, Kerala issued …

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NDTV Ban Issue

What is the issue? Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had imposed one day ban on Hindi channel NDTV India over its live coverage of the Pathankot terror attack for violating Programme/Advertising Code. Later, ministry has put on hold its order.   Background: An Inter-ministerial Committee (IMC) had found that NDTV India channel had violated the …

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Media

The role of the media as a powerful medium for shaping the ideas, aspirations and conduct of the people even in the remotest corners of the country entrusts it with the responsibility of being the watchdog and in giving voice to the marginalised. TRAI Recommendations Maintaining plurality in media ownership is vital for functioning of …

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Lobbying

Lobbying per se in not illegal in India but it is not recognised or regulated by any legislation like in the US. Various interests groups such as corporate bodies like FICCI, CII, NGOs and media like Amir khan’s Satya Mev Jayate do lobby the government. There is nothing wrong with petitioning the government to take …

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Juvenile Justice

Effectiveness of Juvenile Justice System: Delhi has 2 Juvenile justice board Receive more than 2000 juveniles Needs to dispose 600 cases 143% increase in pendency Issues Office of Public prosecutor lack infrastructure – no computer, receives no fund for stationary, not a single staff has been provided Public prosecutor is central to effective criminal justice …

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Intra Party Democracy

Current Situation: In India there is no real movement towards democratisation of parties; the selection of candidates, Chief Ministers and office-bearers of party units is usually left to the discretion of a handful of leaders who take decisions behind closed doors. India’s success in consolidating a democratic system of government has paradoxically forestalled pressure for …

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Education Ranking System (NIRF)

The government has unveiled an indigenous ranking framework for higher educational institutions  that it believes will give Indian institutions a competitive platform free of any international bias. About: The National Institutional Ranking Framework marks a paradigm shift by including perceptions of students and parents in the ranking. Initially, it will be voluntary for institutions to …

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