ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Downgrading the Status of Chief Information Commissioner

The right to information, much like the right to vote, is rooted in the same fundamental right, with the offices of the chief information commissioner and the chief election commissioner, respectively, operating at the same level of autonomy, towards the enforcement of these rights. The proposed amendments to the Right to Information Act, which reportedly seek to downgrade the status of the chief information commissioner and information commissioners, reduce the autonomy of this constitutional institution and are, consequently, an assault on the right to information and democracy.

First Amendment to Constitution of India

India's Constitution has been amended over a hundred times since its inception in 1950. The landmark amendments are discussed with special emphasis on the first amendment, which altered the way the freedom of speech and expression was originally understood by the framers of the Constitution.

Calcutta Diary

The two amendments proposed to the Representation of the Peoples Act requiring open voting by members of state assemblies while electing members of the Rajya Sabha and dispensing with the residential provision for election to the Rajya Sabha are an invocation of, and tribute to, national corruption.

Minority Identity and Gender Concerns

Recent developments in the realm of matrimonial legislation - the path-breaking Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutional validity of the controversial Muslim Women's Act and the passage of the amendments to the Indian Divorce Act - are an interesting study of the issue of gender justice and minority women in a communally vitiated atmosphere.
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