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Union Territory also a capital?

For a long time this question has puzzled me, "How can a Union Territory be the capital of a state??" P.S: Here, by "state" I don't mean the country.... For example: Chandigarh (Union ...
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Land acquisation act in democracies

The Government of India has modified the Land Acquisition Act through an ordinance. One of the major changes is the approval constraint. It exempts at least five categories of land acquisition, ...
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Nationhood of Nepal and Bhutan, in Indian subcontinent [closed]

During the period around Independence, India, under Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel's programme to unite the subcontinent, was getting Princely states to accede to Union of India. There were around 570 ...
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What is required for the formation of a separate state/UT in India?

Does the Govt. of India has any restriction in formation of new union territories? If yes, what are the options left for those regions with strong justifications for a separate status from the ...
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In India,how can a non member of parliament become a Cabinet Minister, for how long and for how many terms? [duplicate]

In India, how can a non member of parliament become a Cabinet Minister, for how long and for how many terms?
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Is the Left-Right divide applicable everywhere, especially in India?

In India, it appears as though suddenly the media have just slapped Left, Right labels on political parties out of the blue, because it certainly didn't seem to be there before. To my eyes, there are ...
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What keeps India from reacting more aggressively to Pakistani or Chinese infringement of its borders? [closed]

The government of India has in the past stated that its territorial sovereignty must be respected. To wit: (Example) Despite this, both Pakistan and China have made aggressive moves, such as: ...
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Rajya sabha member and Election in India

How is rajya sabha member elected ? What is the process of Rajya Sabha election?
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Is the Indian Flag code of conduct enforceable?

I have been going through the Flag code of conduct (2002) from that, There shall be no restriction on the display of the National Flag by members of general public, private organizations, educational ...
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In India, can a cabinet ministry post be removed from the cabinet?

For example, assume that the position of Health Minister is corrupt has had issues with corruption in the past. Is it possible to remove the position of health ministry from the cabinet. If so, how?
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How are committees in the Indian Parliament formed?

I came to knew that Indian parliament has various committees for various purposes. How are the members for the committees selected?
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Why is India called the biggest democratic country?

Why is India called the biggest democratic country? I have seen many other countries bigger than India that still follow voting mechanisms. Why is India called so?
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How can some politicians become cabinet ministers without winning elections in India?

Smriti Irani and Arun Jaitley both lost the elections in the recent Lok Sabha elections in India, so how can they become cabinet ministers if they didn't even win the election? Mustn't one be a member ...
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In Indian politics , how many parties are present currently [closed]

I want to know how many political parties there are in India. Can't there only be two parties, the ruling party and the opposition party, like there are in the United States?
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Importance of tax to Indian goverment

Currently in India there are many scams running rampant which involve illegal use of money by politicians. This is money which comes from taxes paid by the Indian people. Why should one pay such taxes ...
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Why did democracy survive in India, whereas in most countries of the time it didn't?

I want to know why did democracy survive in India, whereas in other countries, especially in Africa, which gained independence around the same time, it didn't? What factors and reasons have been ...
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What is the procedure to change FPTP to PR system in India?

Does a constitutional amendment is required to change the First Past the Post System to Proportional Representation System in India? If so, what are the steps needed to do that? Does FPTP mode of ...
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Is there a US and UK equivalent of India's AFSPA act?

The Indian AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Protection Act) protects Indian soldiers from nuisance from humanitarian associations, among other benefits. Is there any US and UK equivalent law for ...
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Lokpal Act and Jan Lokpal Bill, what's the difference between these two bills?

What's the difference between the the Lokpal Act and the Jan Lokpal Bill in Indian Politics?
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What is the nature of the “communist government” that West Bengal had for 34 years?

Till 2011, the Indian state of West Bengal had been under what the papers called "communist rule" for 34 years. I never really understood what this meant. In a socialist country, how can a state have ...
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What are the historical claims to Kashmir from India and Pakistan?

A current map of the world shows that Kashmir within India's borders. However some parts of Kashmir are claimed by Pakistan. What historical claims do Pakistan and India make to Kashmir?
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Why hasn't Indian Govt still taken a step to slow down the rate of population growth in India?

India as of now is the second largest country by population just after China. Although we have seen that China, despite being a lot bigger than India in every terms has taken effective steps in order ...
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What are the reasons behind a strong anti India sentiment in Bangladesh?

We all know that Bangladesh got independence from Pakistan because of India. So generally one can assume that relationship between India and Bangladesh is friendly. But the reality is different. There ...
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The “Basic Structure” of the Constitution of India and the other constitutions

Indian Constitution has something called 'basic structure', defined by Basic Structure Doctrine. This doctrine is based on, and evolved from, the Supreme Court of India's decision in the most ...
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Are laws effective at enacting social reform?

In India we have many laws which are intended to curb social customs like dowry. Are laws effective at curbing social customs? Are any alternatives more effective?
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Why did Churchill oppose Gandhi?

According to this article: http://www.kamat.com/mmgandhi/churchill.htm Churchill didn't like Gandhi. Is it true? Why he didn't like him?
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Sino-Indian War of 1962

What was the reason behind Sino-Indian war of 1962? Was it a Communist invasion of Indian territory? Another version I heard was that it was the forward policy of India which provoked PRC for a war. ...
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For what reasons does India claim a permanent seat in UNSC?

Currently, there are five permanent members of United Nations Security Council. India with other three nations, through G4, is demanding a permanent seat in UNSC. So, On what basis/points does ...
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What is meant by 'Strategic Dialogue'?

John Kerry, US Secretary of State, is coming to India in the last week of June 2013 for the third strategic dialogue. He will co-chair this dialogue along with his counterpart Salman Khurshid, ...
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Do the Naxalites enjoy popular support among the poor population?

In India, the Naxalites are various armed political groups with communist and maoist ideologies. They have been declared a terrorist organisation by the government of India. The Wikipedia article ...
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Is it allowed to protest peacefully against the government on certain issues in India?

In the light of recent wave of public protests against the government on the current issue of Delhi Gang Rape, I am posting this question to be aware of the fact if such protests are allowed against ...
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India - States and Union Territories

India has 28 States, and seven Union Territories. While States have their own elected Governments, Union Territories are directly controlled by the federal government. What was the purpose of ...