31st July 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: Did the Framers Think the Constitution Was 'Socialist' and 'Secular'?
A petition before the Supreme Court has asked it to declare the insertion of the words ‘Socialist’ and ‘Secular’ by the Constitution (42nd Amendment) Act, 1976 as unconsti...
29th July 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: People's Participation in the Indian Constitution Process
Our blog post over the weekend looked at how the Constituent Assembly reacted to proposals that wanted to include referendums into the Constitution. Today, we highlight an...
17th July 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: India - The First Republic in the Commonwealth
26th January 1950 was a momentous day in history: not only did the Constitution of India, 1950 come into force, but India also became a republic – marking the first time t...
7th July 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: The Constituent Assembly's Alter Ego
Most of us know that the Constituent Assembly of India sat on 165 days to draft India’s Constitution over a period of 2 years and 11 months. But did you know that the memb...
3rd July 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: The Shared Constitutional Heritage of India & Myanmar
Myanmar is due to hold general elections on November 8th, in an event that is widely seen as a test of the country’s transition to democracy. Much as when it gained indepe...
26th June 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: Crime and Punishment in the Gandhian Constitution
On 27 June 2020, the National Constitution Society along with the Centre for Law and Policy Research will organise a webinar on Prisoners & the Pandemic: Health, Safet...
20th June 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: ‘Bharat’ vs. ‘India' - Using History in Constitutional Interpretation
The Supreme Court recently dismissed a plea to rename India as Bharat by amending Article 1 of the Constitution. Article 1(1) of the Draft Constitution, 1948, declared tha...
12th June 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: 'State Citizenship' and Public Health
The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, recently declared that Delhi hospitals were closed to non-residents of the state. Although the order was overruled by the Lie...
5th June 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: Ambedkar was Influenced by the American Civil Rights Movement
The death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man, at the hands of a white police officer has sparked large-scale protests across the world. Floyd’s death has ser...
28th May 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: Ambedkar and the Annihilation of Social Distancing
Defined as ‘keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home’, social distancing has been prescribed as the most effective counter to the spread of COV...
23rd May 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: B.H. Khardekar: The Constituent Assembly’s ‘King of Good Times’
On 24th November 1948, B.H. Khardekar stood up in the Constituent Assembly to speak for the first time. He confessed he was nervous, and told members that he had never spo...
20th May 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: India's Stimulus Package - A Socialist Move?
The impact of the ongoing pandemic on the world economy has caused many states to announce economic stimulus packages. Some commentators have described this move as social...
16th May 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: Public Health and the Marginalised
The ongoing lockdown in India has resulted in economic insecurity for millions of people, particularly those working as casual or daily wage labourers. Migrant workers wer...
30th April 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: Liberty during Lockdown
For almost a month now, the Central and State Governments have issued extraordinary orders to battle COVID-19: travel has been banned, national and state borders have ...
27th April 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief | India’s Public Health Wonder Woman: Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
COVID-19 continues to test the resolve of nations – their institutions, leaders and people. India too is in the thick of this global fight. While COVID-19 is unique ...
21st March 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: The Supreme Court and its ‘Special’ Power
The Supreme Court of India is one of the unique apex courts in the world. It acts as an appellate and constitutional court. The Constitution of India, 1950 mandates the Co...
24th February 2020 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: A Beginning of a Constitutional Culture?
On the eve of Republic Day this year, Mandakini Panda and Prithwik Mishra got married in Berhampur, Odisha taking their vows on the Indian Constitution. In Karnataka, gues...
29th November 2019 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: Rights to Duties?
This week, India celebrated Constitution Day. 26 November 2019 marked the 70th anniversary of the Constituent Assembly adopting the Constitution. In a joint parliament...
26th November 2019 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: Happy Constitution Day
Exactly 70 years ago, on 26 November 1949, Constituent Assembly President Rajendra Prasad for the last time put a question to the house - President: It now remains to p...
11th November 2019 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: Interstellar
On 31st August 1949, the Constituent Assembly was slotting 'items' into the Union and State Lists. The Union government would have legislative and executive power over the...
14th October 2019 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: Home and the World: Cosmopolitanism in Indian Constitution Making
The Indian freedom movement sought total Independence from British colonial rule but saw India firmly tethered to the world affairs. When Indians were drafting their Const...
8th October 2019 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: Gandhi in Indian Constitution-Making
There is a dominant view that Gandhi's role in constitution-making was minor. Gandhi’s vision of basing India’s federal, political and administrative set up on the panchay...
23rd September 2019 | Editorial Team
Desk Brief: Hindi: A National or Official Language?
Last week, on Hindi Diwas, Union Minister Amit Shah controversially suggested that Hindi be adopted as India's national language. Sure enough, this triggered push back ...