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Remodeling Our Approach towards Menstruation

By B.PAC

Menstruation is one of the essential phases in the life of a woman. Despite it, menstruation is still considered taboo in many parts of India.

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Ward Committee Meeting

BBMP Ward Committees

By Harshitha Venkatesh

Ward Committees are an effective concept for citizen engagement at the ward level and critical to our local self-governance in the municipalities. They help in the decentralization of functions and provide better supervision for Ward governance.  Composition and functions of a Ward Committee are outlined in the 74th Constitutional amendment to ensure that there is equal representation for all sections […]

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common minimum program

Common Minimum Program – keeping the interest of the citizens in a coalition government

By Harshitha Venkatesh

May 2018 elections to the Karnataka State Assembly threw up a hung house with no single political party able to garner majority mark. The situation lead to the formation of a government by two political parties, Indian National Congress and Janata Dal (S), without any pre-poll alliance, and who had fought the electoral battle bitterly. During the election campaigning, each […]

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Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike – Past, Present and Future

By Harshitha Venkatesh

Background The Constitution of India has made detailed provisions for ensuring the protection of democracy in Parliament and in State Legislatures. But it did not provide adequate powers for the local self-government/ governance leading to democracy not being stable in municipal governance. 74th Amendment of the Constitution The Bill as reported by the Joint Parliamentary Committee was taken up for […]

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EVM

Electronic Voting Machine [EVM] and VVPAT [Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail]

By Harshitha Venkatesh

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional authority responsible for the conduction of free and fair elections in our country. Article 324 of the Constitution vests in the Election Commission the superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all elections to Parliament and to the Legislature of every State […]

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Simultaneous Elections in India

By Harshitha Venkatesh

Twenty Nine States and Seven Union territories of India have an elected government, going to polls approximately once in five years. About five to seven  State Assemblies/UTs on an average, come up for elections, every year, often spread through the months. Given the resources needed to conduct such frequent elections and the load on the governance thereof, many stakeholders have […]

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