Tag: Constitution of India

House for Muslims

On 16/9/2010 at 8.00 p.m. CNN-IBN carried a report “A House for Mr. Khan”. The report claimed it exposed urban India’s worst kept secret – Muslims face discrimination in getting houses.

May be for CNN-IBN it was urban India’s worst kept secret but others knew about the difficulties Muslims face and other communities face. Emran Hashmi, Saif Ali Khan and Shabana Azmi had problems in getting houses. However there are many builders and owners who sell flats to Muslims and the reporter did not contact them. Some housing societies are for Muslims only and others can not get flats there. If the reporter had gone there and had asked whether they would sell flats to people of other communities the answer would have been no.

Some housing societies are for vegetarians only, that means for Jains, Marwadis and Gujaratis. Marathi people can not get flats there. Some housing societies are for particular communities and member of any other community is unable to buy a flat there. Sometimes owners are ready to sell flats to others but society does not give NOC. In Poona one Hindu woman wanted to sell her flat to a Muslim family, the managing committee members saw the surnames of buyers and presumed they were Hindus and agreed. Some days later when managing committee members saw the buyers they realised they were Muslims and did not want them there.

Article 15 of the constitution of India states that the State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race caste, sex, place of birth or any of them. In Gujarat a Parsi housing society refused membership to a Non-Parsi. The matter went to High Court and the judgment was that housing society is a private body and it can refuse membership.

Muslims facing discrimination in getting houses is not the whole truth. Why did Cobrapost prepare the report and CNN-IBN air it? One reason could be to prepare a ground for legislation to reserve flats for Muslims in housing societies.

Madras High Court and Tamil

Madras High Court and Tamil Language

Madras High Court

There is a demand in Tamil Nadu to make Tamil the language of Madras High Court. According to the constitution of India English is the language of High Courts and Supreme Court. Making Tamil the language of Madras High Court requires constitutional amendment.

If UPA decides to go for constitutional amendment to make Tamil the language of Madras High Court other states will demand their languages be made languages of their High Courts. The amendment will have to apply all High Courts.

If the amendment is passed it will create the problem of translation of High Court judgments when people want to appeal to Supreme Court against High Court judgments. With English as the language of High Courts it takes several days to get a copy of the judgment. It will take more days to translate the judgment from state language to English. Computers can be used for translation but someone has to check it for accuracy. We have the example where computer translated “out of sight out of mind” as “invisible idiot”.

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Facilities to former Presidents and Prime Ministers

A reply dt. 26/4/2010 under RTI has revealed facilities granted to former presidents and their spouses, former vice presidents and their spouses and former prime ministers.

Former prime ministers have facilities of secretarial staffers and office expenses without limit for the first five years and after that Rs.6,000/- p.m.

The second schedule of the constitution of India does not mention provisions as to the prime minister. Facilities to former prime ministers should be abolished.

Former presidents receive Rs.75,000/- p.m. as pension, get free accommodation in Type VIII houses with free electricity and water, two telephones and one mobile phone, 250 litres of petrol, free maintenance, driver, free medical aid and free travel by highest class anywhere in India accompanied by one person.

Former vice presidents receive Rs.74,500/- p.m. as pension, get free accommodation in Type VIII houses with free electricity and water, telephone facilities equivalent to an MP, free medical aid and free travel by highest class anywhere in India accompanied by one person. It is not clear whether vice presidents receive 250 litres of petrol, free maintenance and driver.

Facilities to former presidents and former vice presidents should be restricted to pension and free accommodation.

Spouses of former presidents receive 50% pension, get free accommodation in Type VII houses, a telephone, 250 litres of petrol and staff for Rs.12,000/- p.m., free medical aid and free travel a dozen times anywhere in India.

Spouses of former vice presidents receive 50% pension, get free accommodation in Type VII houses, a telephone and free medical aid.

Spouses of former presidents and former vice presidents should not get any facility or pension.

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