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Delhi Government – constitutional woes?

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion on what the Delhi Government and its legislative arm can do and what it cannot. This article is an attempt to understand this precise question in the context of the constitution and various other legal provisions.


In 1991, an amendment was made to the Constitution that provided special status to the Union territory of Delhi. It redesignated Delhi (previously entirely under the Central Government) as the National Capital Territory of Delhi, along with creating legislative assembly and a council of ministers for Delhi. Thus, while creating space for decentralized legislation making, the amendment withheld with it the features of a Union territory that gives eventual control to the Parliament/ Union Government.

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A few weeks back, I watched Bol, a Pakistani movie on women rights and religious fundamentalism. It was one of the most beautiful movie I have seen till now. Bol was the highest earner movie in Pakistan in the first week of its release. In India, unfortunately, it could not survive competition from ‘Bodyguard’-quite expected given our entertainment thrived population. For me, it was quite disappointing to see that our country is not receptive to such themes.

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Economists very often talk about the trade-off between equity and economic growth. The argument is as following:

“If there is inequality in the society, people have incentive to move up the ladder through aspirations of being at higher position. Hence, they work harder resulting into economic growth. Rich have higher propensity to save which feeds into higher investment leading to higher economic growth”

India can probably stand out as a good example of this probable economic phenomenon, albeit through a different economic logic.

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Recently, I was watching a programme on “Aarti Home”, a home for orphans and “unwanted” children (read girl child). The owner of this organization had information about a lady who wanted to abort her child since she was a girl. She visited her in hope of convincing her to not take such a step. In the whole conversation that followed between the owner of the organization and the pregnant lady, the former had no words to refute the reasoning behind not having a girl child. To me, the reasoning was a perfect cost-benefit analysis.

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I am sure many would have already read this poem, but anyway, it is always good to share something as inspiring as this poem!

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit –
Rest if you must, but don’t quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a fair and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit, –
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

Author: Unknown