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Directly Elected Mayors

The introduction of directly elected mayors has the potential to completely change not only the landscape of urban local body governance, but also the nature of citizens’ participation in the management of their cities. The benefits of the directly elected mayoral system and its influence on the dynamics of the existing political system are explored.

The Impossibility of ‘Dalit Studies’

The meaning and implications of the presence of “Dalit studies” in the pedagogical content of higher education in India need to be analysed. “Dalit studies” seeks to intervene into such a space of pedagogical practices and institutional policies in higher education which may have grudgingly accepted the physical presence of the Dalit through affirmative action, but which has nonetheless historically overlooked the thought of the Dalit.

Recusal Refusals

Judges recuse themselves from benches to retain people’s trust in the judiciary. Lately, there have been controversial recusals: in one case by a few Supreme Court judges, and in another where a recusal was refused. The Chief Justice of India too had refused to recuse himself in a third case. Through an examination of various tests of determining bias and examples of other countries, a critical examination of the propriety of these refusals to recuse has been made.

Forest Rights in the North East

Most of the North East enjoys unbridled authority over forests unlike the rest of the country, free from state control under the debilitating impact of the colonial-era Indian Forest Act, 1927. Therefore, the Forest Rights Act, 2006 is perceived as irrelevant. But, the sweeping expansion of how “forest” is defined in law by the Supreme Court and its proposed incorporation into the Indian Forest Act threatens the customary forest rights of these peoples.

Reservations: Seeking New Perspectives

Critics of reservation often look upon the policy as the arch villain responsible for the dilution of standards everywhere without taking cognisance of the changes in the economy and polity in recent times

KASHMIR: Changing Dimensions of Electoral Politics

One of the most notable accomplishments of Mufti Mohammed Syed and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti had been to steer the Congress towards providing a healthy democratic opposition to the National Conference. Their resignation from the party affects the Congress adversely and has ramifications for politics in Kashmir

Right to Constitutional Remedy

A mere enumeration of rights, even if it is meticulously worded is not enough. What is needed is a provision for its enforcement, an avenue for redressal. Article 32 of the Indian Constitution enshrines this provision whereby individuals may seek redressal for the violation of their fundamental rights

Subsidies and Countervailing

The Seattle ministerial conference in November presents an opportunity for the developing countries to seek a review of the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures to ensure that large-scale subsidisation by the rich countries is stopped and small exporters from the developing countries are not subjected to countervailing action

Risk-based Audits for Transfer Pricing

In view of the serious risk faced by the Indian exchequer on account of illicit financial outflows via transfer mispricing practices by multinational corporation–affiliated firms, an appropriate tax policy path shall be oriented towards a more thorough and stricter scrutiny of their transactions in future. The current policy approach of minimising the tax audits faced by these firms based on initial risk assessment should ensure careful profiling of risks and strategic audit design considering various risk factors.

Faculty Development Training and Quality of Higher Education

The University Grants Commission introduced the Academic Staff Orientation Scheme in 1987 to set up academic staff colleges (now rechristened as human resource development centres). While the scheme is still operational, courses offered under it are hardly contributing towards quality improvement in higher education.

Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019

The results of the Maharashtra state assembly elections held in October 2019 were assumed to be a foregone conclusion with the Bharatiya Janata Party–Shiv Sena ruling alliance set to sweep the polls. However, the Nationalist Congress Party led by Sharad Pawar won a large haul of seats and its ally Congress too improved upon its previous tally. The run-up to the polls as well as the immediate aftermath has been anything but smooth between and for the BJP–Shiv Sena alliance.

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