In a year when India is celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ the election of Draupadi Murmu, a member of the ‘Santhal tribe’ to the highest office of the Indian Republic is not only a manifestation of women empowerment but also of social and political justice, the two Preambular promises of the Constitution of India. While she will be taking oath to preserve, protect and defend the constitution, her bigger pledge will be to ensure that the above manifestation does not remain only a slice of symbolism. The ‘executive power of the Union shall be vested in the President and shall be exercised by him either directly or through officers subordinate to him.’ In spite of the expression ‘directly’ in Article 53 of the Constitution, India’s President merely ‘reigns and does not rule’. (Read More)
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