The Hindu Editorial Analysis: 19th October 2022

The Hindu Editorial Analysis:

The Hindu is now synonymous with civil services aspirants. What brought on this cult readership?

We all are aware of the importance of reading The Hindu newspaper with the aspect of improving reading ability, easily comprehending paragraphs, getting updated with the current events, improving essay writing and many more. For a banking aspirant it becomes necessary to read editorials for vocabulary. In this article we are going to discuss the points of today’s editorials with practice questions and important vocabs.

Whose pleasure?

  • Arif Mohammad Khan Kerela Governor’s indirect threat that he can independently dismiss ministers is neither in keeping with the dignity of his office nor in line with the constitution.
  • His claim that statements of individual ministers that lower the dignity of the Governor’s office can invite action including withdrawal of pleasure has no basis in the constitutional system.
  • Article 164 of the constitution which says the chief minister shall be appointed by the governor and other ministers shall be appointed by the governor on the chief minister’s advice adds that the minister shall hold office during the pleasure of the governor.
  • There have been instances of the governor dismissing the chief minister, but those were related to constitutional situations in which the legislative majority of the incumbent minister was in doubt.
  • It is also now judicially determined that the question can be answered only on the floor of the legislature through a confidence vote.
  • Nothing in the article means that the governor may independently dismiss the minister.
  • The pleasure doctrine exists only in a constitutional sense and is exercised by the governor only on the advice of the chief minister.
  • In other words the term pleasure of the governor is used as a euphemism to refer to the chief minister’s power to drop a minister from the council of the Ministers.
  • The context of this particular continuation appears to be the governor’s reluctance to grant assent to kerela University laws bill, 2022.Higher education minister R.bindu’s remark that the governor should return the bill for reconsideration instead of withholding his approval indefinitely was a possible trigger for his comment.
  • Even the M.M Punchi commission,which reviewed the center-state relations, recommended that the governor should not be burdened with the role of the chancellors.
  • It is time to implement this principle.
  • Government has seem to have a exgarrated notion of their own roles under the constitution.
  • They are expected to defend the constitution and may use their powers to caution elected regimes against violating the constitution, but this does not mean that they can use the absence of a time frame for decision making and the discretionary space given to them to function as a parallel power centre.

Practice Questions:

  • What was the threat given by the the governor of Kerela Arif Mohammad?
  • What is review of M.M Punchi commission?
  • What was the remark of higher education minister R.Bindu?

Important Vocabs:

  • Notion-something that you have on your mind
  • Withhold-to refuse to give something to anybody
  • Reluctance- averse
  • Euphemism-an indirect word or expression that you use instead of a more direct one when you are talking about something that is unpleasant or embarrassing
  • Incumbent- a persom who is currently in official position.

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