Where does the name ‘Bharat’ come from?   Origin of “Hindustan” and “India” How did ‘Bharat’ and ‘India’ come in the Constitution?   Judiciary’s take on the issue

Special Session of Parliament

When does Parliament meet?  Who decides when Parliament meets?  What does the Constitution say?  How did the Constituent Assembly reach this decision?  How often do Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha meet?  What is a special session of Parliament?  Special Parliamentary sessions since Independence

Simultaneous Elections

Simultaneous elections in India – Background What is Simultaneous Elections Advantages of Simultaneous Elections Disadvantages of Simultaneous Elections in India Recommendations if various Committees 

No Confidence Motion

Context: Opposition parties belonging to the Indian National Developmental, Inclusive Alliance, or INDIA, plan to move a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in the Lok Sabha to force the Prime Minister to speak on Manipur unrest. Background What is a No confidence motion? Procedure

Right to Petition the Parliament

Context:  The Supreme Court has said it will hear on February 17 a petition to evolve a mechanism for citizens to directly move Parliament and seek initiation of deliberations on issues highlighted by them. About the Plea What is the need for the Mechanism to petition the Parliament The Right to petition Parliament

Finance Commission

Context: The government will soon kick off the process to set up the Sixteenth Finance Commission, with the Finance Ministry likely to notify the terms of references for the constitutional body, tasked with recommending the revenue sharing formula between the Centre and States and their distribution among States, towards the latter half of this year.     … Read more

Govt’s Emergency power to block Content

Govt’s emergency power to block content used for the BBC film Context: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) directed YouTube and Twitter to take down links sharing the BBC documentary ‘India: The Modi Question.’ The order was passed under the emergency provisions of the Information Technology Rules, 2021, for allegedly casting “aspersions on the … Read more

Collegium System of Appointment

Context: Dismissing reports of differences with the judiciary on the process of appointment of judges in the Supreme Court and in High Courts, Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said the Collegium system will prevail, in the absence of alternative mechanisms and legislations enacted by the Parliament.  About the news   Appointment … Read more

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