Demands for Delinking of State and Religion

Synopsis: Some religious groups in Tamil Nadu are demanding delinking of state from religious affairs. However, minimal state intervention to promote justice and equality is permitted by the constitution. Background: Amidst the electoral process, some Religious groups are demanding delinking of state and religion in Tamil Nadu. They are opposing laws like Tamil Nadu Hindu… Continue reading Demands for Delinking of State and Religion

Report on Racial Discrimination against Northeast People

What is the News? Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) releases a study on racial discrimination and hate crimes against people from the northeastern States. About the study: Conducted by: The Centre for Criminology and Victimology at the National Law University(NLU), Delhi conducted the study, under the aegis of the ICSSR. Purpose: The study analysed… Continue reading Report on Racial Discrimination against Northeast People

People are Free to Choose Religion: Supreme Court

What is the News? The Supreme Court refused to entertain a PIL seeking directions to the Centre to ban black magic, superstition, and deceitful religious conversion. What was the case? A petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking to control black magic, superstition & mass religious conversion of SC/STs. The petition also mentions the… Continue reading People are Free to Choose Religion: Supreme Court

Gyanvapi Mosque dispute and the Places of worship Act 1991

Synopsis: The recent ruling by Varanasi civil court in the Gyanvapi Mosque dispute threatens the secular feature of India.  Background Earlier, the representatives of the Hindu faith had filed a petition to reclaim the Gyanvapi mosque land. Now, a civil court in Varanasi directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a survey. In… Continue reading Gyanvapi Mosque dispute and the Places of worship Act 1991

Increasing Racial Discrimination: Causes and Way Forward

Synopsis: The use of the internet has increased the prevalence of Racial Discrimination. The only way to overcome racism is by anti-racism action. Introduction Every year March 21 observes the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This is a global movement to fight prejudice and intolerance. It provides an opportunity to explore the… Continue reading Increasing Racial Discrimination: Causes and Way Forward

Why the Places of Worship Act, 1991 has been challenged?

Synopsis: The enactment of the Places of worship act, 1991 is an act of colourable legislation. Further, it is against the liberty of belief, faith, and worship to all. Background Sections 3 and 4 of the Places of Worship Act, 1991 has been challenged in the supreme court as being unconstitutional, void and against the… Continue reading Why the Places of Worship Act, 1991 has been challenged?

Plea Challenges “Places of Worship Act,1991” in SC

What is the news? The Supreme Court asked the Centre to respond to a plea challenging the Places of Worship Act, 1991. About Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991: The Act was passed in 1991. It seeks to maintain the “religious character” of places of worship as it was in 1947. The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri… Continue reading Plea Challenges “Places of Worship Act,1991” in SC

Inter-caste marriages can reduce caste tensions: Supreme Court

What is the news? The Supreme Court in a judgement has said that Inter-caste marriages will possibly reduce caste and community tensions. Background: This judgement came on a petition filed by a girl who fled from Bengaluru to Delhi to marry a man who was from a different caste. The police officer on a complaint… Continue reading Inter-caste marriages can reduce caste tensions: Supreme Court

UK  Report classified India among ‘difficult four’ countries

Synopsis: The report released by the Royal Institute of International Affairs (UK) recommends an arm’s length relationship with India due to rise of religious intolerance.  Back ground  Recently, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (UK) have proposed a blueprint titled “Global Britain, Global Broker”, for Britain’s future foreign policy after Brexit.  As a matter of concern for India, the report… Continue reading UK  Report classified India among ‘difficult four’ countries

Importance of Allahabad HC judgment on Special Marriage Act

Synopsis: The Allahabad high court’s recent decision to strike down the provisions of the Special Marriage Act, 1954 that make it mandatory for couples to publish a 30-day public notice of their intent to marry is a significant and much-needed correction. About the Special Marriage Act The Special Marriage Act was originally enacted in 1872 to provide… Continue reading Importance of Allahabad HC judgment on Special Marriage Act