Mains-36: Separation of Powers & Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

With the appointment of 213 Judges pending with the Government, the High Courts grow thinner resulting in a logjam of cases. Comment.

According to data,  38% of all sanctioned posts of High Court judges are lying vacant as of December 1, 2019. High Courts of States like Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh have been functioning below half their actual capacity. The Supreme Court recently has recommended 213 names for appointment to various High Courts which have been pending ..

Discuss the administrative relations between the centre and the states in the light of recent controversies.

Recently controversies regarding the autonomy of states have been in debate. The chapter of Tamil Nadu, where two Union Ministers were arrested, resignation of the Governor Mrs. Fatima Bibi, etc, have raised the questions regarding relations between the Centre and the States. These issues raise the question about the supremacy of power. However, it is ..

Do you think the water related challenges which India is bound to face in the future can be checked by a Pact between the Centre and the States?

The recent water crisis in Chennai should act as an alarm for the entire country. Water-related crimes are already being reported even in parts of Madhya Pradesh. Among the 11 major cities which are expected to run out of drinking water is Bengaluru. � Water shortage in India is not derived from insufficient supply but ..


Highlight the key observations of Supreme Court in recent judgment over River Cauvery water-sharing dispute and their potential implications over federalism.

The verdict of the Supreme Court on the Cauvery river waters sharing dispute can open Pandora box of challenges. The verdict can have spillover effect on the various inter and Intrastate River disputes. Vital observations from the Judgment: Rivers are the national assets. No state can claim ownership over the rivers. Drinking water concerns must ..

The listing of 'Public Order' in the state list under seventh schedule of the constitution denies the parliament / central government any legislative / policy-making role in matters relating to Public Order. Since many public order situations are now having national security ramifications, there is a view that "public order" should be brought under concurrent list. Do you concur with this view? Discuss while analyzing the possible implications of such move on federal structure and stating if this can be done without diluting the federal nature of our polity.

Yes, I concur with this view and I consider that there is a need for inclusion of Public Order in Concurrent list because of significance of public order for national security, economic development and legitimacy of the state. By including public order in concurrent list, the central government can play a more proactive role in ..