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B.S. Yeddyurappa resigns as Karnataka chief minister ahead of floor test (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Yeddyurappa resigns Karnataka chief minister B.S.Yeddyurappa resigned without moving the Supreme Court mandated trust vote in the floor of state Assembly (to prove his majority) from his post barely two and a half days after he was sworn in, beating his own personal record of seven days in 2007. His conceding of defeat coming as … Continued

Governor’s use of discretion (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

The principle of the Governor’s “discretion” has been invoked to defend Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite B S Yeddyurappa, leader of the BJP legislature party, to form the government in Karnataka. By not staying the swearing-in on Thursday, the Supreme Court has tacitly acknowledged this discretion. What exactly does discretion mean in legal-constitutional situations such … Continued

Arbitrary, capricious: on the Karnataka Governor’s decision (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Karnataka Governor favouring BJP : Ignoring claims of H.D. Kumaraswamy In summarily ignoring the claim of H.D. Kumaraswamy, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala abandoned both propriety and common sense, acting in a politically partisan manner unbecoming of his office. Mr. Kumaraswamy was elected leader of the Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party and, with the declared support … Continued

SCO and India (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II; International Organizations and Bilateral Relations)

What is the SCO? The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a multi-government organisation that was formed in 2001 as an expression of greater coordination among the major powers in the Eurasian region. The organisation was launched by China, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, reflecting a growing awareness among these countries to come to terms … Continued

Why Citizenship Bill disturbs Assam (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Since last week, Assam has witnessed protests over an amendment to the Centre’s Citizenship Act 1955 that proposes to make minority (non-Muslim) immigrants from three neighboring countries eligible for Indian citizenship. This has underlined a geographical divide, with the Bill facing protests in Assamese-dominated Brahmaputra valley while being welcomed in Bengali-dominated Barak Valley, Assam’s southern … Continued

US Embassy in Jerusalem (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; International Organizations and Bilateral Relations)

What it means? The embassy inauguration followed Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. International consensus has been that the city’s status must be negotiated between the two sides, but Trump broke with that to global outrage. He has argued that it helps make peace possible by taking Jerusalem “off the table”, but … Continued

Alien versus alien: On Assam Citizenship Bill (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Controversial provisions of the bill Parties and civil society groups have argued that the Bill provides legitimacy to Hindus who have migrated from Bangladesh post-1971.It precludes individuals from six religious minorities from three “Muslim-dominant countries” (Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan) from being defined as “illegal immigrants” under the Foreigners Act, 1946. Rationale of the bill The … Continued

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