Posts Tagged ‘Constitution’

Pilgrimage as Secular Activity: A Constitutional Perversion

January 30, 2011

By Pilid Lao

Today’s Supreme Court decision in Prafull Goradia v. Union of India is ludicrous to say the least. The question was straightforward and simple: whether a government grant funded by taxpayer money violates the proscription of Art. 27 against state fostering religious activity. Article 27 of the Constitution of India states:

No person shall be compelled to pay any taxes, the proceeds of which are specifically appropriated in payment of expenses for the promotion or maintenance of any particular religion or religious denomination. (more…)

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Laws and the Rule of Law

June 2, 2009

By Anjum Altaf

What have we learned from our discussion of the laws of inheritance?

First, that laws pertaining to the same issue can differ across societies and over time.

Second, that laws need not be divinely ordained and fixed for all times and places. The law of primogeniture was introduced in England in 1066 after the Norman invasion because the Norman knights who were awarded land grants did not wish their estates to be diluted by divisions.

Third, laws can have negative and positive effects. The law of primogeniture was unfair because it deprived all heirs except the eldest son from a share in the wealth of the father. (more…)