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Diplomatic Relations (Indo-Pak relations)

Diplomatic Relations (Indo-Pak relations)

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Debate over the Uniform Civil Code

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No sex to husband may result in divorce!

No sex to husband may result in divorce!

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WhatsApp change in privacy policy

WhatsApp change in privacy policy

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Cauvery water dispute

Cauvery water dispute

  The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) was constituted by the Government of India on 2nd June 1990 to adjudicate the water dispute regarding inter-state river Cauvery and the river valley thereof. The Tribunal had also passed an Interim Order in June, 1991 and further Clarificatory Orders on the Interim Order in April, 1992 and […]


3995-islam-christianity-hinduism-religion-buddhism-jainism-sikhism-india.jpgIndian secularism is basically an extremely fuzzy notion. It borrows heavily from Gandhi’s idea of “sarv-dharm-samabhava” means the state must treat all religions equally with respect which means state must make laws that not only acknowledge religious groups but actively pass laws to promote and protect all of them.

The term was never debated or defined and was forcibly put into Indian constitution (by imposing emergency rule) and hence remains an open issue when it comes to domain of law.

In practice it leads to laws that are partisan in nature and protect special interest groups in different ways (often based on how big is the vote bank).


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