The recently passed amended Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, as highlighted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, is poised to address a longstanding issue of representation for individuals who have been voiceless for over seven decades. Shah emphasized during the parliamentary debate that the legislation aims to provide justice to those who were compelled to abandon their homes and exist as refugees across different parts of the country.
The bill specifically targets the inclusion of various groups, namely "Kashmiri Migrants," "Displaced Persons from Pakistan-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir," and Scheduled Tribes in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly. According to Shah, the objective is to rectify historical injustices and amplify the voices of those who have faced displacement and marginalization for an extended period.
In addition to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, another significant legislative move involves amending Section 2 of the Reservation Act. This amendment entails a shift in terminology from "weak and underprivileged classes (social castes)" to "other backward classes." The alteration in language reflects an effort to update and align with contemporary understanding and sensitivities surrounding social and economic categorizations.
In essence, both bills underscore a commitment to rectifying historical grievances, providing representation to marginalized groups, and adapting legal frameworks to contemporary sociopolitical contexts. The changes aim to foster inclusivity and justice for communities that have faced enduring challenges.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah emphasized that the BJP's commitment to "one flag, one prime minister, one constitution" is not a mere political slogan but a principle they firmly believe in, highlighting its implementation in Jammu and Kashmir. Shah responded to TMC's Saugata Roy, who dismissed the concept as a political slogan. Shah questioned the feasibility of a country having two prime ministers, two constitutions, and two flags, deeming Roy's remarks objectionable.
In response to opposition criticism, Shah asserted that the rectification of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including the abrogation of Article 370, was necessary. He stated that such changes were not merely election slogans but a longstanding belief of the BJP since 1950. Shah dismissed the need for approval or disagreement, stating that the entire country supported the move.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal chimed in, noting that when Roy mentioned Syama Prasad Mukherjee, he should have acknowledged Mukherjee's sacrifices. Roy, while acknowledging Mukherjee's influence, reiterated that "one flag, one head, one constitution" was a political slogan associated with him.
Cyclone Michaung, currently intensifying over the Bay of Bengal, is on a trajectory towards the Andhra coast, triggering relentless rainfall in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The northern coastal regions, including Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Nagapattinam, and Cuddalore districts, are grappling with torrential downpours, exacerbating the situation in low-lying areas of Thiruvallur district.
Chennai, the capital city, is reeling under severe inundation, as heavy rainfall persists. Meenambakkam recorded a staggering 196 mm, while Nungambakkam received 154.3 mm of rainfall in the 24 hours leading up to 5:30 am. Many parts of the city are submerged, amplifying concerns about flooding.
As the cyclone advances, the forecast anticipates a landfall between Nellore and Machilipatnam in the coming noon. The looming threat raises alarm for residents and authorities in these regions, urging preparedness for the potential impact. The situation remains dynamic, with ongoing efforts to monitor and manage the consequences of Cyclone Michaung as it approaches the vulnerable coastal areas.
The Archaeological Survey of India has sought three more weeks to submit the scientific survey report of the Gyanvapi mosque in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi. The survey had concluded almost a month ago and the ASI had sought extra time to file its report.
The last extension was on November 18, when the ASI asked for another 15 days. The court had allowed it 10 days.
The survey, which was started on August 4, leaves out the Wuzukhana area of the mosque, which was sealed by the orders of the Supreme Court.
In a landmark decision on November 10, the Supreme Court provided a definitive stance on the role of Governors regarding Bills passed by state legislatures. The ruling emphasized that Governors are not permitted to unduly delay or withhold assent to Bills, asserting that such actions undermine the legislative process and the authority of elected representatives. The judgment, stemming from a petition by the AAP government in Punjab, addressed the contention that Governor Banwarilal Purohit was unreasonably withholding approval for four Bills passed by the state assembly.
The Supreme Court, composed of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice JB Pardiwala, and Justice Manoj Misra, explicitly stated that Governors cannot indefinitely keep Bills pending without taking any action, deeming such inaction inconsistent with their responsibilities. The 27-page verdict stressed the importance of timely decision-making, reinforcing the notion that Governors must adhere to a course of action aligned with the expeditious progression of duly passed legislation. This ruling serves to uphold the integrity of the legislative process and the supremacy of elected representatives in the democratic framework.
In October, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation continued its negative trend for the seventh consecutive month, registering a decline of 0.52 percent. This downward trajectory, initiated in April, persisted with a marginal improvement from September's rate of -0.26 percent. In stark contrast to the 8.67 percent WPI recorded in October of the previous year, the current figures indicate a significant decrease.
The decline in inflation was particularly attributed to reduced prices in various sectors, including chemicals, electricity, textiles, basic metals, food products, paper, and paper products. Notably, food article inflation saw a decrease from 3.35 percent in September to 2.53 percent in October. The fuel and power basket also experienced a lessened negative inflation rate, standing at -2.47 percent in October compared to -3.35 percent in September.
In the realm of manufactured products, the inflation rate improved slightly from -1.34 percent in September to -1.13 percent in October. Concurrently, the annual retail or consumer price inflation for October hit a five-month low at 4.87 percent, as revealed in data released on Monday. This persistent deflationary trend, particularly in the WPI, may indicate ongoing economic adjustments and fluctuations, influenced by factors such as global commodity prices and domestic demand dynamics.