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  • Gandhi and democracy

    Gandhi and democracy

    While centralisation can‘t be sustained and defended without adequate force, Gandhi regarded decentralisation as an essential corollary to non-violence. He insisted that such decentralisation would be possible only in a predominately non-industrial society with the self-sufficient village as the primary unit.

    June 21, 2021
  • Flipping of votes is a staple of democracy

    Flipping of votes is a staple of democracy

    BJP’s vote share evolved from 10 per cent in 2016 to 38 per cent in 2021. However, it will be an over-simplification to assert that BJP had exactly 28 per cent new voters.

    May 28, 2021
  • Of Democracy

    Of Democracy

    What the 23 letter writing members-now dubbed the 'G-23' have written is like employees appealing to their employer. If that is their equation with the Gandhi family, it has to be said that they consider the latter to be indispensable. In this case, the party members should quietly accept what the Gandhis do or lump it

    April 1, 2021
  • Screws turned

    Screws turned

    A reporter, representing the Associated Press, was arrested while covering anti-junta protests in the biggest city of Yangon. To that can be added the latest form of military repression ~ patients were forced out of a hospital in the west of the country

    March 16, 2021
  • Democratic wildfires

    Democratic wildfires

    Despite the rise of elective democracy, the 21st century is turning out to be a century of citizens‘ engagement. The rights to be heard, to be seen, to be recognized and to be respected are at the core of citizens‘ movements across the world. The 21st century is witnessing fundamental global economic, political, social and cultural transformations challenging traditional notions of citizenship

    February 26, 2021
  • Democracy is fragile, even more when it is half baked

    Democracy is fragile, even more when it is half baked

    Myanmar was controlled by military for half a century (1962-2011) until democratic reforms led by Suu Kyi ended military rule. The 2015 General elections of Myanmar were the first openly contested elections since 1990.

    February 15, 2021
  • Neighbours’ stutters

    Neighbours’ stutters

    While India persists with its inherent belief in democracy with all its inefficiencies many in the neighbourhood are succumbing to the 'quick fixes' of authoritarian options that come masked under short term attractions of majoritarianism, but are neither successful nor sustainable, in the long run

    February 11, 2021
  • Heat is on

    Heat is on

    Traub is a fine journalist with an inside track on the Joe Biden administration and what he has been hearing ~ as he writes in the latest issue of ‘Foreign Policy’ ~ ought to be of concern to New Delhi.

    February 9, 2021
  • Majesty of the law

    Majesty of the law

    The Supreme Court has upheld former President Park Geun-hye’s 20-year prison sentence following her conviction in a bribery case of 2018.

    January 18, 2021
  • Protest panacea

    Protest panacea

    In this context, Chief Justice SA Bobde hit the nail on the head when he observed last week while hearing a bunch of petitions in the Supreme Court against the disruption of normal life and activity caused by the farmers’ protests which were referred to a vacation bench: “We make it clear that we recognise the fundamental right to protest against a law. There is no question of balancing or curtailing it. But it should not damage anyone’s life or property.”

    December 31, 2020
  • ‘Some political forces keep lecturing on democracy’: PM Modi hits back at Rahul Gandhi

    ‘Some political forces keep lecturing on democracy’: PM Modi hits back at Rahul Gandhi

    PM Modi was speaking at the launch of Ayushman Bharat scheme via video-conferencing to extend health insurance coverage to all residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

    December 26, 2020
  • More heat than light from the ‘shining city on a hill’’

    More heat than light from the ‘shining city on a hill’’

    Even in mature democracies, voters have been known to hand power to those who use it to subvert the very system that made their election possible. The upshot of this is clear: to work, democracies need more than elections.

    December 7, 2020
  • Kashmir ushering in new dawn of democracy: Jitendra Singh

    Kashmir ushering in new dawn of democracy: Jitendra Singh

    Dr. Jitendra Singh said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will go down in the history for having acquainted the people of Kashmir with the true meaning of “Self-Rule” and “Autonomy”, the two slogans with which the Kashmir centric political parties had for decades bluffed the electorate to promote their family rule.

    December 1, 2020
  • Last nail

    Last nail

    Hong Kong had last year faced months of protests by those who seek greater freedoms, but the movement was sought to be stifled, first, by harsh police measures and, when they appeared to be failing, through a new security law that criminalised “secession, subversion and collusion with foreign forces.”

    November 13, 2020
  • Opposition must Oppose

    Opposition must Oppose

    If India is a more restive, revisionist and polarised society it is not because of a divisive opposition necessarily; it is more so due to the lack of a worthwhile opposition. History teaches that the best years of Indian governance were when the opposition was active, thriving and constantly opposing.

    October 17, 2020
  • Crisis for democracy

    Crisis for democracy

    As Freedom House notes: “Leaders around the world who fear public condemnation for their handling of the crisis have diverted attention by scapegoating marginalised groups, attacking their critics, or downplaying the severity of the health situation.”

    October 6, 2020
  • Democracy in decline

    Democracy in decline

    The only way to remedy democracy’s imperfections is to have more democracy, not less. Democracy building is never easy. Today people have better access to tools and hence more expectations. We are 21st century citizens but we have 19th century institutions underpinned by even older processes and ideas. Democracy needs constant institution building. Today, it needs a new institutional imagination

    July 24, 2020