Charkha, Vidhi’s research centre dedicated to constitutional law, aims to take the Constitution to all relevant stakeholders, and create an environment of sustained constitutional law research. Inspired by the symbol of Gandhiji’s Charkha, which was simple, powerful and dynamic, the centre aims to position itself as a hub of constitutionalism in India.
Legal researchers and constitutional scholars must act as trustees of the Constitution, spreading its contents and taking it to the people. In that spirit, Charkha’s research addresses crucial aspects about the interpretation of the Constitution; the role of concerned authorities in the implementation of its provisions; and the true meaning and import of the provisions of the Constitution for ordinary citizens. Charkha’s research remains mindful of the fact that the drafting and operation of the Constitution is deeply informed by accompanying historical, social and political factors. Charkha also aims at fostering research and scholarship on previously unexplored (or under-explored) themes under the Constitution as well as themes which are expected to emerge as socially and politically relevant in the near future.
Charkha’s current research focuses on federalism, electoral reforms, development and interpretation of fundamental rights, and independent institutions.
Vidhi Writes: Parliament Disruptions – The (missing) great Debate
That the Indian Parliament is being increasingly characterised by political grandstanding is hardly a surprise. The withering away of Parliament’s deliberative role has been gradual but significant. Questions were justifiably raised when in the preceding years, certain far-reaching legislation were passed as ‘Money Bills’ despite not strictly falling within the constitutional definition of the term. The Farm Bills of 2020 will forever bear the (dubious) distinction of being passed amid a blatant violation of the Rules of Procedure of the Rajya Sabha. And then, there is the Monsoon Session of 2021