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  • Mediators tell the protestors in Shaheen Bagh that the Supreme Court will listen to them more keenly if they remove the roadblock and move to an alternate site
  • No headway by mediators in the Shaheen Bagh imbroglio. Protestors say adjoining roads are running fine.
  • After China objects to Home Minister Amit Shah's Arunachal visit, India says China has no business to comment on the issue as the state is an integral part of India
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  • RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says the word "nationalism" should not be used now as it has acquired negative connotations
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  • Supreme Court rejects curative petition in the Uphaar cinema fire case in Delhi and says there will be no further jail terms for the owners, the Ansal brothers
  • Government data placed in Parliament shows a sharp decline in job creation under its flagship employment generation schemes
  • The government is working to amend the Aadhar Act to make it possible for the Aadhar to be linked with the Voter's ID. Election Commission will simultaneously be empowered to link the two
  • Tapas Pal, former TMC MP, dies of cardiac arrest in Mumbai. He was questioned for his alleged involvement in the Rose Valley scam and gained notoriety for his rape remark in 2014.
  • Bypoll to panchayats in J&K, scheduled for March in eight phases, postponed due to security concerns.
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  • Pakistan not placed in FAFT blacklist but kept on the grey list with warning
  • The government is expected to announce duty cuts and other measures to combat business disruption due to coronavirus outbreak in China
Former principal secretary to PM Modi, Nripendra Mishra, appointed to head the temple committee of the Ram Janambhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust
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No Place For Whim in Democracy

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2016-04-22 09:12:19

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The Uttarakhand High Court has delivered a master class to the NDA government on federalism and the use of Article 356. Despite the landmark Bommai judgment, which laid down standards for invoking the Article, Central governments have always used it as per their convenience and whim.

The invocation in the instant case was particularly galling as the Harish Rawat government was slated to face the assembly for a floor test just a day later. The NDA government plea that the Appropriations Bill was passed without a division should not have been an excuse for President’s rule as that was the reason the floor test was prescribed. The Centre should have waited for it to conclude. Was it because the Centre was scared that Rawat would get the numbers that it rushed in President’s rule with such undue haste?

Political gamesmanship should not be carried out at the cost of denigrating the country’s constitution. The governor is not a soothsayer and his warning that there would be turmoil in the state on the day of the floor test should not have been taken at face value. The test should have been allowed to respect federalism and best democratic practices.

Political managers of the NDA have goofed up big time and have been taken to task by the High Court in a series of scathing observations during the course of the hearing. But it will not change the attitude of the ruling classes. The Congress, which is now making too much noise about the lack of concern for democratic principles in the NDA, is guilty of worse acts in the past, including blatant misuse of Article 356. If and when the next time comes, most Central governments will misuse the Article, despite the Bommai judgment and the scolding handed out by the Uttarakhand HC in the instant case.