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Government approves the process of constitution of new Boards of Governors for the IIMs as per the IIM Act 2017 (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

The Government has approved the process of constitution of new Boards of Governors for the IIMs as per the IIM Act 2017.”The process of constitution of Boards for the IIMs, which have been given full powers of running the institutions, is a major development which signals complete autonomy of quality institutions in higher education and … Continued

Ayodhya, Faizabad: a history of two cities, the politics of renaming a district (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Last week, the Uttar Pradesh government changed Faizabad district’s name to Ayodhya. This was weeks after the government, headed by Yogi Adityanath, had renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj. A look at the political significance of Faizabad/Ayodhya, and how these names have been used in history:                        … Continued

Private’ efforts at legislation: How they are made, how often they succeed (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

As the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid pot bubbled last week, nominated Member of RajyaSabhaRakeshSinha said he would bring a private member’s Bill “on the Ram Temple”. How are private member’s Bills introduced and discussed? What chance does such a Bill have of becoming law? Private members, their Bills Any MP who is not a Minister is … Continued

In light of Hashimpura, recalling PAC, UP’s controversial armed police force (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Delhi High Court Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment 16 retired personnel of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) for their role in the killing of 38 Muslims in Hashimpura, Meerut, in May 1987. Who are the UP PAC and what are their responsibilities? Origins The UP PAC is one of several State Armed Police … Continued

Zia, cornered: on BNP facing setback in Bangladesh (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Main opposition candidate sentenced Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s conviction in yet another case of corruption imperils her Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s already meagre prospects in the coming parliamentary elections. She has been sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment. With her son and acting chairman of the BNP, Tarique Rahman, in exile, and convicted … Continued




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