Explained: Speaker’s powers in a rebellion

While granting interim relief to rebel MLAs of the Shiv Sena on Monday, the Supreme Court made a crucial but unusual judicial intervention that raises questions on the powers of the Speaker under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution. The Speaker’s powers under the Tenth Schedule have been previously upheld by the Supreme Court itself; … Read more

SC grants interim relief to Sena rebels, asks if Dy Speaker can decide on own removal

Shiv Sena rebel MLAs, who had been asked by Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal to reply by Monday evening to notices on pleas seeking their disqualification from the Assembly, got interim relief when the Supreme Court said they had time until 5.30 pm on July 12 to send their replies. The vacation bench of Justices … Read more

Sena rebels challenge Dy Speaker’s decisions in SC, to be heard today

The Maharashtra rebels camping in BJP-ruled Assam have moved their battle to the Supreme Court. The court will take up two petitions on Monday — one by rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde; the other by 15 MLAs belonging to his camp. The petition challenges the decision by Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal to recognise Ajay … Read more

The dramatic history of resort politics in India

For the last four days, a hotel in Guwahati has been at the center of India’s biggest political story. It is where the majority of MLAs from Maharashtra–rebels against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray–have been sequestered against the turmoil in Mumbai. The leader of the revolt, Maharashtra Urban Development and PWD Minister Eknath Shinde, claimed on … Read more

Know Your City: A 1793 rhinoplasty performed in Pune that became a milestone in plastic surgery

A letter to the editor published in ‘The Gentleman’s Magazine’ in October 1794 proved to be a watershed moment in the history of plastic surgery and especially in the field of corrective rhinoplasty. The letter, appearing under the heading ‘Curious Chirurgical Operation’, gave a brief account of a nasal reconstruction surgery carried out in Pune … Read more

Tribal and Dalit faces to richest candidate: 11 in the fray for 10 Maharashtra MLC seats

After facing a setback in the Rajya Sabha elections where it failed to win the sixth Rajya Sabha seat, the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is bracing for another tense electoral battle with the BJP in the council be held elections slated to on Monday. Eleven candidates — five from the BJP and six from the … Read more

Every man for himself: Maharashtra Congress leaders say Rajya Sabha fissures just one sign

The resignation of Ashish Deshmukh as the Maharashtra Congress general secretary on Tuesday was perhaps the most extreme step in the wake of the party’s Rajya Sabha nominations which have left disgruntled leaders across states. In Maharashtra, the resignation was also reflective of the deep discontent within the state unit over the way the party … Read more

State prisons: ‘Mulaqats’ resumed, but poor infra keeps families of prisoners away

TWO YEARS ago, state prisons began allowing inmates audio and video calls to their families since physical meetings were not possible amid the Covid-induced lockdown. With physical meetings now resumed, most prisons have discontinued calls, a decision criticised, and even challenged in court. Apart from a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed before the Bombay High … Read more

Maharashtra minister Subhash Desai: ‘Opposition’s effort to regain lost power should not be at the expense of Maharashtra’

Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai talks about how he plans to bring investments into Maharashtra, the “unwillingness” of the Center to engage with Opposition states in drafting policies of national significance and the Shiv Sena’s commitment to renaming Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar. Can you share some insight on the development that is taking place in … Read more