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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.

Modi wave surges on money power

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2014-04-30 19:06

It is being made out that political parties and individuals make waves during elections. These waves are supposedly driven by individual charisma and enterprise, ardently supported by millions of voters looking for an alternative from the terrible crisis created by the incumbent party. Such waves, it appears, are a hallmark of Indian democracy, where people decide who should rule them. Nothing can be farther from truth.

Is proportional representation a step in the direction of Lok Raj?

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2014-04-23 13:00

That the present political system and process marginalises the broad masses of workers, peasants, women, youth, and other disadvantaged people from political power is stating the obvious. In any discussion amongst people of different classes and strata, one gets this response that it is those political parties who have the backing of money power who will come to power through elections and rule.

On the Right of Citizens to be Political

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2014-04-14 18:27

The prime time debate on Times Now on 9th April was sparked off by the Congress Party’s complaint to the Election Commission against Sri Sri Ravishankar and Ram Dev. The person representing the Congress Party claimed that spiritual leaders who propagate political views, against or in favour of a particular party or candidate, are violating the “model code of conduct”. I am not a follower of these spiritual leaders, nor do I support the BJP. However, I find this act of the Congress Party to be in violation of the basic democratic principle that all citizens have the right to be political.