“Redundant Laws” by VakilNo1

Source: VakilNo1 (http://goo.gl/e4NJqm) There are even laws, which go against constitutional provisions. For instance, one can prove that the economic reforms are actually against the Indian Constitution. Article 39 of the Directive Principles opposes polices that raise disparities in income and wealth. Therefore reforms, or for that matter, any policy statement, can be stayed on … Continue reading

“Redundant Laws” by VakilNo1

Source: VakilNo1 (http://goo.gl/e4NJqm) There are some laws, which are so detrimental to economic liberalization that without a wide-ranging and comprehensive change program, the entire reform process may collapse. One of these is the Agricultural and Ceiling Act, which permits non-resident Indians to invest in agriculture but   does not permit absentee cultivation of holdings. By discouraging … Continue reading

“Redundant Laws” by VakilNo1

Source: VakilNo1 (http://goo.gl/e4NJqm) (a) Natural reasons- the passage of time, change of situation, over-exploitation of loopholes. The Police Act, 1861, still requires a policeman to take off his cap or helmet before a member of royalty. A ridiculous provision that nobody has thought of removing so far. The Indian Contract Act and the Specific Relief … Continue reading

‘The Flaws In Our Laws’ By Dr Bibek Debroy | Absurdities Of Indian Laws – Part II

Originally posted on Scribble and Scrawl:
? Continuing from my last post ‘The Flaws In Our Laws’ By Bibek Debroy | My Scribbling Of The Session – Part I, here I proceed to  jot down the next two anecdotes that were also the most interesting anecdotes of the session. . Identifying Surplus Government Posts ?…

‘The Flaws In Our Laws’ By Dr Bibek Debroy | Absurdities Of Indian Laws – Part I

Originally posted on Scribble and Scrawl:
? On rare occasions, it happens that a person can dig into a complex topic with remarkable ease and make perfect sense to a diverse group of listeners, while capturing their attention all along and making the subject exceptionally interesting.  Dr Bibek Debroy is certainly one of those people blessed with…

India wields the axe on Her Majesty’s “laughable” laws

Source: Reuters (http://goo.gl/I6vxoL) If you happen to unearth treasure worth even as little as 10 rupees (16 U.S. cents) in India, don’t even think of pocketing it – that’s because under a law introduced by the former British colonial rulers, it still belongs to “Her Majesty”. Now, however, the Treasure Trove Act of 1878 and … Continue reading

“Can India abolish the anachronistic homosexuality law to battle HIV/AIDS?” by Govindasamya Agoramoorthy & Minna J Hsu

Source: AIDS (http://goo.gl/tR48TL) Despite the fact that the journal AIDS has covered various articles related to HIV in Asia, the thorny issue of the colonial era homosexuality law of India has seldom been discussed. We are concerned about the recent increase in the reported cases of HIV among homosexual men in India. We believe that … Continue reading

Government proposes ban on sale of loose cigarettes

Source: The Hindu (http://goo.gl/XuswnK) Brushing aside opposition, the government on Tuesday moved to amend the anti-smoking law and proposed radical changes, including ban on sale of loose cigarettes and raising the minimum age of a person buying tobacco products to 21 years from existing 18. It has also proposed raising of fine to Rs. 1000 … Continue reading

Kerala alcohol ban

Source: Indian Express (http://goo.gl/sbn9ef) Faced with bribery charges, economic and legal setbacks, Congress government in Kerala partially rolled back its new liquor policy borne out of battle between Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Congress state chief V M Sudheeran. The government withdrew dry day norm on Sundays and decided to sanction beer and wine parlours … Continue reading

Sedition? Seriously?

Source: The Hindu editorial (http://goo.gl/ifAfD9) “Take again Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code,” Jawaharlal Nehru said during a parliamentary debate centred around freedom of speech in 1951. “Now as far as I am concerned that particular Section is highly objectionable and obnoxious and it should have no place…in any body of laws that we … Continue reading