Tag: Democracy

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  • Panel Discussions at Jaipur Literature Festival touched burning issues

    Panel Discussions at Jaipur Literature Festival touched burning issues

    The just ended Jaipur Literature Festival had a lot to offer for the visitors. The panel discussions hosted by it touched upon several burning issues. Majid Alam describes two important discussions ~ democracy and Right to information

    January 31, 2019
  • Decadent Democracy

    Decadent Democracy

    On many occasions, the praxis has been compromised. Elections are claimed to be 'free and fair', but the fairness gets disrupted by 'nepotism, the criminalization of politics, and hooliganism'.

    January 19, 2019
  • Roiled before polls

    Roiled before polls

    The cruel irony being that rival candidates of the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, who were out on the streets to cheer their respective parties, were attacked by the mobs.

    December 14, 2018
  • Tryst with Democracy~II

    Tryst with Democracy~II

    To ensure a viable democracy, the emphasis should be on a discussion of its essentials, and strengthening of institutions that support democracy, not the party in power. The federated system also places checks and balances on the various levels of government, thereby guarding against an overconcentration of power at the national level. But if the party at the Centre has a brute majority, the federal system becomes a victim.

    December 7, 2018
  • Democracy needs citizens to step up

    Democracy needs citizens to step up

    ‘Patriotism is the last refuge for a scoundrel,’ Dr Samuel Johnson said. In George Bernard Shaw’s words, ‘Politics is the last resort for the scoundrel.’

    December 6, 2018
  • Tryst with Democracy~I

    Tryst with Democracy~I

    This attitude of the voters to stay away from voting, either under threat or because of their reluctance, drives one to the conclusion that in the first case the authorities, responsible for ensuring peaceful polling, have failed in their duty. In the second case, the citizens are not sufficiently educated to realise the importance of their voting right which is embodied in the Constitution. Therefore, to empower the people, not mere literacy, but universal quality education is an urgent need.

    December 6, 2018
  • Dissolution of J-K assembly amounts to ‘killing’ of democracy: Sharad Yadav

    Dissolution of J-K assembly amounts to ‘killing’ of democracy: Sharad Yadav

    The holding of local body polls in the state recently despite two major regional parties, the National Conference and the People's Democratic Party, boycotting it made a mockery of democracy, he claimed.

    November 22, 2018
  • High polling mandate for strengthening grassroots democracy: Governor Malik

    High polling mandate for strengthening grassroots democracy: Governor Malik

    He said it was heartening to note that people turned up in large numbers on Saturday not only in Jammu region but also in Kashmir to exercise their franchise in these elections.

    November 18, 2018
  • Will plan for Rohingya repatriation work?

    Will plan for Rohingya repatriation work?

    Despite the concerns expressed by the UN refugee agency and other human rights groups, the repatriation could go ahead if both Bangladesh and Myanmar choose to do so

    November 16, 2018
  • PM Modi does not like socialism, democracy: DMK chief Stalin

    PM Modi does not like socialism, democracy: DMK chief Stalin

    The Madras High Court had recently upheld their disqualification and the debarred legislators had said they would not appeal against the verdict.

    November 14, 2018
  • Another award less

    Another award less

    It is yet another subtraction from the garland of accolades that were once reserved for the “lodestar of democracy”. That embroidery has frayed over time, to say the least. Amnesty International has eventually sized up Aung San Suu Kyi with Monday’s assertion that Myanmar’s civilian leader “is no longer a symbol of hope”. Hopeless too …

    November 14, 2018
  • Dissent stifled

    Dissent stifled

    The Bharatiya Janata Party government has reaffirmed yet again that aversion to dissent ~ in a democracy ~ is quite the most pronounced in the academic and quasi-academic circuits. After the suicide of a student at Hyderabad Central University and the kerfuffle at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the decision to reconstitute the committee of the venerated …

    November 10, 2018
  • Electoral system: A reforms bus missed

    Electoral system: A reforms bus missed

    By its judgments in the Public Interest Foundation and Lok Prahari cases, the apex court missed an opportunity to cleanse our electoral system, argue Afroz Alam and Yogesh Pratap Singh.

    November 1, 2018
  • Judicial Anguish

    Judicial Anguish

    Judicial activism was definitely not the mantra on 25 September when the five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra ruled on a batch of petitions and applications filed by the NGO, Public Interest Foundation, former Chief Election Commissioner, J M Lyngdoh, Delhi BJP leader and lawyer, Ashwini Upadhyay and …

    October 4, 2018
  • Part-time legislators, full-time lawyers?

    Part-time legislators, full-time lawyers?

    Lawyers have played a vital role in the evolution and development of Indian democracy and this tradition continues as they dominate in governance of the country as legislators, ministers, leaders of opposition, party spokespersons etc. Besides being legislators, lawyers, unceasingly appear before the courts for their clients and earn hefty amounts despite receiving salaries and …

    October 3, 2018
  • Governance and ungovernable states

    Governance and ungovernable states

    There is perhaps no word that is more frequently used and less clearly understood than governance. And now, a related word is gaining currency: Pakistan, we are being told is ‘ungovernable’, (and the remedy lies in democratic governance). This article explores the meaning, history and politics of the term, and the racist imperialism underlying its …

    October 2, 2018
  • Gandhian development

    Gandhian development

    Surely we have a responsibility to leave for future generations a planet that is healthy and habitable by all species. ~ Sir David Attenborough Sustainable development is simply defined as a means to ‘fulfill the present needs without compromising the needs of future generations.’ The very beginning of human society and its onward march is …

    October 2, 2018