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The Questions We Should Be Asking Frequently About the Land Acquisition Act (And answers from an Expert)

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2015-03-16 20:04

In the course of my work as part of a team set up to look into the socio-economic status of Adivasi communities, there were several things I learned about the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, and the amendments to it. Here are some important questions about land and the Act that we should be asking:

Who benefits from Charlie Hebdo killings?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2015-01-13 13:30

The news of the shocking killings of cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo in Paris, as well as the hostage crisis that resulted in the loss of innocent lives must be condemned by all decent and peace loving peoples. The wide spread international coverage of these atrocities highlighted the role of “disgruntled youth” who, according to them, are adherents of `radical Islam' and that there are dire warnings of jihadist movements across Europe. Islamophobia has thus been encouraged and anti-Islamic sentiments are now being given political and social limelight.. As an immediate reaction, there have been calls from all ends of the political spectrum in Europe including those who have never made a secret of their xenophobia, racism and thuggishness, who have gained a new legitimacy thanks to this massive provocation.

Judicial Appointments Commission and the 121st Constitutional Amendment Bills: Who should have a say in appointing judges?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2014-09-02 11:04

On August 13, 2014, the Lok Sabha passed the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-First Amendment) Bill, 2014 seeking amendments to Articles 124, 127, 128, 217, 222, 224 and 231 of the Constitution of India and the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill (NJACB). The bills seek to change the manner in which judges of the high courts and Supreme Court are appointed in India. This has been accompanied by a lot of exchanges between supporters of the earlier system of appointments to the higher judiciary and those rooting for the new system.

From the LRS President's Blog: US and its allies should stop interfering in Ukraine

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2014-08-30 11:39

Ukraine has been plunged into a devastating civil war over which it has no control now. The Ukraine army’s artillery and rockets are trained against its own people living in the eastern part of the country. The country is being inextricably sucked into the vortex of civil wars and fratricidal killings that the US and its allies, backed by the fire power of NATO, have been organizing in many other countries of Eastern Europe and Asia. Even humanitarian efforts are being blocked by NATO forces.

Election funding and Democracy

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2014-05-14 16:08

In the recently concluded elections newspapers reported from almost all parts of India about crores of Rupees worth of cash, gold or liquor being seized on a daily basis. In Andhra Pradesh, for example, where elections were held both for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas of Telengana and Seemandhra, it was reported on 17th April that 103 crores worth of cash, 70 Kg of gold and 300 kg of silver were seized. In Andhra alone, till that date, 3.76lakh litres of liquor had already been seized since the beginning of the campaign. The all India figure stood at 790 lakh litres! Even the dry state of Gujarat is reported to have its share of liquor seizure.

What money can buy

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2014-05-03 11:29

By Siddharth Varadarajan

The 2014 election is a reminder of the one big loophole in India’s election rules designed to favour parties backed by the rich: While individual candidates are not allowed to spend more than Rs. 54-70 lakh, there is no limit to what political parties may spend to promote their overall electoral prospects.

How political parties can accept money without disclosing the source and spend without limit on the elections

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2014-05-02 13:14

Fighting elections in India has become extremely expensive. According to an Election Commission (EC) representative, while an estimated Rs. 4500 crores was spent for the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, this time around, the expenditure will cross Rs. 10,000 crores. About 20% of this constitutes government expense; the remaining will be spent by political parties and their candidates. Though a huge sum, even this is in all probability a conservative estimate.