Category : Polity & Governance

Indian Polity : Who tenders resignation to whom – Factsheet Important for Prelims

A very common question asked in UPSC Prelims , Test Series and other GK based quizzes is of the following nature Q) The Vice President tenders resignation to whom? a) President b) Chief Justice of India c) Deputy Speaker of Rajya Sabha d) None of the above One of our regular ForumIAS Study Portal FollowersRead Full Article

Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act : Need and Criticism

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was enacted in 1958 to bring under control what the government of India considered ‘disturbed’ areas. How could a region be declared as ‘disturbed’? Section (3) of the AFSPA Act empowers the governor of the state or Union territory to issue an official notification on The Gazette of India, followingRead Full Article

[Issue #4] Sedition v/s Freedom of Expression

What is Sedition:- Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code defines Sedition. The offence consists in exciting or attempting to excite in others certain bad feelings towards the government. Why in news: Because of the ongoing case against the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University. Salient Features of Sedition :- It has historical and constitutional perspectives, whichRead Full Article

How To Prepare Indian Polity for Prelims Examination – A Beginner’s Guide

  I had started preparation in 2012, where every tom, dick and harry was suggesting me a book for India Polity. Even book-shop owner itself had suggested me several books without checking my requirement, my background, my strengths or weaknesses. And what is resulted into – I had following books for Indian Polity alone: IndianRead Full Article

NHRC – composition , functions and role in safeguarding human rights

“It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings” -Mahatma Gandhi The UN Commission on Human Rights formulated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). UDHR was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Although the UDHR was a non-binding resolution, it is now considered to haveRead Full Article

Compulsory voting – all that you need to know

In India, all 18+ have a legal right to cast their vote and elect their leader. All of us do not vote. Some do not believe in the merits of voting, some are too lazy to go to the polling booth. Voting is democracy. It is a responsibility as much it is a right. ThisRead Full Article

All that you need to know about Mental Health Care – issues and possible solutions; Mental Healthcare Bill 2013 ; Mental Health Policy

For the first time, India has a Mental Health Policy. This makes the topic of mental healthcare extremely important. Nothing stops the examiner from asking questions related to mental healthcare system in India. You need to understand the issue and its multiple facets completely to tackle any question. The question can be as direct asRead Full Article

Preparing GS II for Mains? These 5 videos will compliment your preparation

This post is courtesy PRS Research – a thinktank based out of New Delhi. You can find out more about them here   For the Mains Examination, especially Paper II, where issues of Indian Polity are asked, you will need to do almost all the bills that are to be tabled in the Parliament, orRead Full Article

Net neutrality concept demystified

Why in news? Obama supported it. The principle of Net Neutrality was struck down by a US Federal appeals court. ISPs can manipulate traffic. What is it? Net Neutrality  is the idea that broadband Internet Service Providers should treat everything that flows across the Internet equally. Since we get the same internet speed for all websites, userRead Full Article

Supreme Court v/s Tribunals Issue – Demystified

Supreme Court struck down the National Tax Tribunal Act, on the grounds that it encroached upon the power of the judiciary and the principle of separation of powers. Here is the gist of the entire matter , all that is required for the exam. What are Tribunals? Tribunal is a body of administrative character powered with judicial and quasiRead Full Article