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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
INDIA’S BEST UNIVERSITIES
CARBON DATING THE FAITH
A KASHI CONUNDRUM
A SCRIPT CATCHES FIRE
GEN NEXT HAS A PLAN FOR BSP
Reward or Punishment?
AGENDA FOR A DRY FUTURE • The BJP has proposed a slew of measures for phased prohibition
A SHARE OF THE NARMADA
The Template Is Half Empty
IN A LIMBO… • The many plans but nil action for Bhopal
OUR COMMON HISTORY
EFL UNIVERSITY IN THE FRONTLINE OF IMPLEMENTING NEP 2020 • The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), a Central University of global eminence in the domain of languages and literatures, located in Hyderabad, Lucknow and Shillong, is in the frontline of the implementation of National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020), in pursuit of the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE PROGRAMMES OFFERED BY THE UNIVERSITY:
THE POLITICS OF AUNIFORM CIVIL CODE • The BJP stirs the political pot by raising the prospect of a divisive legal reform as polls approach, sparking debate and some apprehension
DIFFERENT FAITHS, DIFFERENT LAWS • The laws that govern marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption among various religious communities
WHAT UCC MAY CHANGE • The uniform law may see these contentious provisions in personal laws getting abolished or extended to followers of all religions. This is not an exhaustive list
THE EXISTING COMMON LAWS • Parliament has passed laws on marriage, divorce and inheritance for people from any faith to follow
A CODE THAT DIVIDES • The Board of India Today Experts agrees on the need for a coherent civil code but want equality and justice, not uniformity, as its driving principle
Q. HOW WILL UCC BENEFIT THE COMMON CITIZEN?
Q. HOW DO YOU SEE IT VIA THE PRISM OF INDIVIDUAL RELIGIONS?
Q. DO YOU FEEL POLITICS TRUMPS JUSTICE IN THE UCC AS ENVISAGED NOW? MANY PARTIES SAY IT IS AN ELECTORAL PLANK FOR THE BJP AND THAT IT MILITATES AGAINST THE DIVERSITY OF INDIA
AN ACT OF CONTENTION • ENVIRONMENTALISTS FEAR THAT CHANGES TO THE FOREST CONSERVATION ACT RUN CONTRARY TO ITS STATED OBJECTIVE OF INCREASING INDIA’S GREEN COVER
INDIA’S FOREST COVER
GOVERNMENT VERSUS CONSERVATIONISTS • The Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill, 2023, seeking to reconcile the 1980 legislation with the Supreme Court’s 1996 ruling in T.N. Godavarman Thirumulpad vs Union of India, has raised hackles
DIVERSION OF FOREST LAND
THE RETURN OF LALU • Jail, illness and the pandemic may have kept the septuagenarian RJD chief off the political stage, but he is back, energising his party’s cadre as well as the national Opposition alliance
Why Lalu Matters
A CRISIS BEFORE KCR • His dream of leading the Opposition alliance in 2024 fast fading, the BRS chief finds himself waging a lonely battle. Can he retain Telangana at least?
THE KEY HURDLES
IN DEPTH KNOWLEDGE...