The first general elections were conducted in 1952. Mr. PN Sehgal, then a lecturer at National Defence Academy was excited enough to suggest a few steps that could be taken in the next election. One of the steps was postal ballots for blind, incapacitated and people on essential duties. 67 years later, Mr. Sehgal’s suggestion of postal ballot was accepted and made into law. Let’s now examine, what a postal ballot really is. 

 

A postal ballot for an election to the Lok Sabha is a...

India is forever in elation mode. About 900 million Indians were eligible to vote in the 2019 General Elections, and out of which about 67 exercised their right to vote. Off late, the Election Commission has given renewed impetus on increasing the voter participation to make a more participatory democracy. At the same time, there are many persons, especially who are incapacitated due to place of work, old age and disability and are not able to exercise their right to vote.

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Black Warrant: Confessions of a Tihar Jailer is an eye-opener. It is the story of Mr. Sunil Gupta, a frail-looking oddity at Tihar Jail, and how he fights many battles to finish a blameless service. Starting from him leaving a secure but transferable job, to landing a job at Tihar, journalist Sunetra Chaudhary has conveyed the story dispassionately. 

 

The book breaks the myth of Tihar being a secure jail. While Behind Bars was a bit restrained, Black Warrant reveals...

The European Court of Justice recently delivered a unique judgement regarding the origin of food products that are being sold in the European Union. The court held that foodstuffs whose origin is in the Israeli settlements must be suitably labelled so that the consumers know the origins of the products they are purchasing. The ruling came because the EU law says that consumer choices are influenced by health, economic, environmental, social and ethical considerations.

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Should persons occupying high public offices be careful about what they say? Yes. Is the “high public office” limited to Ministers and MP/MLAs or also people in the bureaucracy and judiciary? Should not be so.

 

The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is examining whether the right of free speech can be restricted for persons occupying high public offices. The case arose after the then Minister in Uttar Pradesh government Azam Khan had commented on a rape case.

 

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