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Om Marathe


Om Marathe

Om Marathe writes on geopolitics, law, and science, and has a strong penchant for languages. He tweets at @marathe_om

Explained: Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian President with quite a few extreme views
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro will be the chief guest at India’s 71st Republic Day celebrations. A far-right populist, he is the most radical occupant of Brazil’s top office since the return of democracy to the country in 1985.

The Preamble: What does it say, and what does it mean to India and its Constitution?
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

The ideals behind the Preamble to India’s Constitution were laid down by Jawaharlal Nehru’s Objectives Resolution, adopted by the Constituent Assembly on January 22, 1947.

Fact Check: European royals, besides Harry and Meghan, who ‘stepped back’
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Like Harry and Meghan, royals in other parts of Europe too, have had trouble confining themselves solely to traditional duties, and have tried to pursue professional careers.

Explained: The ‘presumption of constitutionality’ in the case of the new citizenship law
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

The term ‘presumption of constitutionality’ is a legal principle that is used by courts during statutory interpretation — the process by which courts interpret and apply a law passed by the legislature, such as Parliament.

Explained: Who was Manilal Doctor?
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

An associate of Mahatma Gandhi, Manilal Doctor is known for his efforts towards helping abolish the indentured labour system that Indian immigrants in many parts of the British Empire were subjected to.

Explained: What is JUS COGENS?
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

The jus cogens rules have been sanctioned by the Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties of 1969 and 1986. According to both Conventions, a treaty is void if it breaches jus cogens rules.

Explained: Who was Lord Curzon, to whose table the West Bengal Governor recently referred?
Thu, Jan 02, 2020

Lord Curzon, India’s Viceroy between 1899 and 1905, was one of the most controversial and consequential holders of that post. The partition of the undivided Bengal Presidency in 1905 was one of Curzon’s most criticised moves

Explained: Why Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan has raised eyebrows
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

Arrested in Tokyo in November 2018, Ghosn was released on bail in March this year, only to be rearrested within weeks on related charges.

India now has a Chief of Defence Staff. What is the equivalent post in the US and UK?
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

The CDS is a high military office that will oversee and coordinate the working of the three Services, and offer seamless tri-service views and single-point advice to the Executive (in India’s case, to the Prime Minister) on long-term defence planning and management.

The Tricolour’s glorious rise: Recalling Bose in Andaman, 76 years ago
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands were under Japanese occupation during World War II for three years (1942-45), and were formally handed over to Bose’s Azad Hind government on December 29, 1943.

Explained: SC’s use of extraordinary powers in the Constitution to allow a divorce
Tue, May 05, 2020

Currently, Hindu marriage law does not include "irretrievable breakdown of marriage" as a ground for divorce. However, the apex court in a number of cases has provided the said relief using its extraordinary powers under Article 142 that allow it to do "complete justice".

Explained: Recalling the story of Sultan, coming soon to a jungle near Mumbai
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

Other than Sultan, the Gorewada Centre was also home to Rajkumar, who was in the news in 2017 after he entered a wedding area at Tumsar in Maharashtra. The video of the incident went viral.

Explained: A short recent history of Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

Here's how the two Union Territories that are now proposed to be merged into one came under Portuguese rule and were snatched back by independent India.

Explained: Why Shivaji Park is important for Shiv Sena
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

The Sena headquarters — Sena Bhawan — is located nearby, and Bal Thackeray lived in the Park’s vicinity for several years. MNS chief Raj Thackeray remains a resident of the precinct.

Explained: Why ISIS man’s ‘murder’ by US Navy SEAL is the latest Trump controversy
Wed, Nov 27, 2019

The top civilian leader of the US Navy, Secretary Richard Spencer was forced out after it was reported that he sought to sidestep the chain of command by proposing to deal directly with President Trump.

Explained: The EB-5 US visa now requires a bigger investment; here’s how
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

The EB-5 is one of five employment-based immigrant visas that can be obtained in the United States. An immigrant visa allows its holder to live and work in the US permanently, as opposed to a non-immigrant visa like the H-1B.

‘Bella Ciao’: Why a World War II anti-Fascist anthem is ringing across Europe again
Thu, Nov 21, 2019

'Bella Ciao' is being sung at rallies in Italy, and was heard during the anti-Brexit protests in the UK, the pro-independence demonstrations by Catalan activists in Spain, and the Yellow Vests movement in France.

Explained: Why Bolivia is the latest South American nation to fall into chaos
Tue, Nov 12, 2019

Bolivian President Evo Morales, whom the elections had brought to power for a fourth term, has said he has been the target of a coup, and has alleged the role of a “civic-political-police” conspiracy to remove him from power.

Explained: Khadi gets HS code; but what does that mean?
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

The Harmonised System, or simply ‘HS’, is a six-digit identification code developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO).

Explained: Who are the travellers quoted in Ayodhya judgment?
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

Who were the travellers Tieffenthaler, William Finch, and Montgomery, and what did they write about Ayodhya?

Explained: The significance of the Feni river MoU between India, Bangladesh
Fri, Nov 08, 2019

The Feni river, which forms part of the India-Bangladesh border, originates in the South Tripura district, passes through Sabroom town on the Indian side, and meets the Bay of Bengal after it flows into Bangladesh.

Explained: US is exiting the Paris Agreement. What does this mean?
Thu, Nov 07, 2019

The United States is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases. It also plays a preeminent role in mobilising financial resources globally to fight climate change.

Explained: What is the Danakil Depression?
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

Microbes are known to survive almost anywhere. Scientists now believe that this place is an exception.

‘Death to America’: What happened in Tehran on November 4, 1979?
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

What caused the US embassy crisis 40 years ago, what unfolded in the months that followed, and what was the response in India to Iran's revolution?

Explained: What’s happening in Chile?
Sat, Nov 02, 2019

At least 20 people have died in the demonstrations and violence so far; prosecutors said on Wednesday that they were investigating a total 23 deaths believed to be linked to the protests.