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Revisiting the debate on Presidential Elections in Constituent Assembly Debates

The Election Commission conducted the presidential election on 17th July, 2017.  Article 54 of the Constitution of India, 1950 provides for the President to be elected by an electoral college consisting of “elected members of both the houses of parliament and the elected members of the Legislative Assemblies of the State”. Article 55  provides for
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Conquest 2017

Who can participate? This year the quiz is open to senior high school students (11th – 12th grade/PUC/Junior College) in addition to undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines. What is the format of the quiz? The Quiz will consist of four regional rounds and one national final. Each regional round consists of a regional
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The Contempt Jurisdiction of Supreme Court and Constituent Assembly Debates

In 2011 Justice Karnan complained to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes of caste based discrimination by his brother judges of the Madras High Court. A series of exchanges between him and the Supreme Court ended with him sentencing a Supreme Court bench (including the Chief Justice of India) to 5 years of rigorous imprisonment for atrocities under
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Money-Finance Bills in the Rajya Sabha

The Money-Finance Bill Controversy in the Constituent Assembly Debates The Finance Bill, 2017 seeks to amend  40 acts on income tax raid procedures, anonymity in political funding, mandatory linking of Aadhaar to the PAN card and the composition and functioning of tribunals. Mr. Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister, justifies these amendments as they are merely
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The Nagaland Dispute, Gender Equality and the Constituent Assembly

A violent agitation has broken out in Nagaland against a constitutionally mandated reservation for women in local councils. The tribal population of the state argues that this reservation infringes on their customary laws and beliefs and have called for an Ordinance from the centre excluding Nagaland from part IXA of the Constitution which creates Municipalities.
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Saving the Date: January 26th and the Constituent Assembly

Republic day – January 26 – does not only mark the commencement of the Indian Constitution, but is also inextricably linked to a historical moment in the Indian nationalist movement. On 26thJanuary 1930, the Indian National Congress, through the Declaration of Purna Swaraj, put forward for the first time that “.India must sever the British
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CADIndia Version 2: What’s new?

Centre for Law and Policy Research’s (CLPR) CADIndia website has undergone significant changes and improvements over the past year. In Phase I (2015-16) of the Constitutional and Civic Citizenship Project, the CLPR team Curated, coded and tagged 40% of the proceedings of the Constituent Assembly Debates (CADs) on Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles. Designed the
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Constituent Assembly Debates Website (CADIndia)

The Constituent Assembly Debates (CADs) are a record of the debates and proceedings in the Constituent Assembly of India which sat for 165 days from December 9, 1946 to January 24, 1950. These debates which are organised in 12 volumes are an essential guide to the process of drafting and creating the Constitution of India,
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ConQuest Quiz 2016: East Regional Round

On 6th August, 2016 we organised the East Regional Round of ConQuest 2016, India’s first national-level quiz on Indian Constitution, History and Politics. We were hosted by our partner, KIIT Law School, Orissa. Around 50 student teams participated in the Preliminary Rounds from colleges in Orissa, Kolkata, Assam and other states. Teams from leading law schools
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