Tag: Democracy

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  • 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
  • Gandhi’s relevance to the 21st century

    Gandhi’s relevance to the 21st century

    The great contribution which Mahatma Gandhi made in the 20th century is well known. The struggle against colonialism was a very important feature of a greater part of this century. It was of the greatest importance from the perspective of justice and democracy. Mahatma Gandhi not only made a very important contribution to this struggle …

    October 1, 2018
  • Democracy’s triumph

    Democracy’s triumph

    It has been a resounding voice from Male, and the message of the ballot box is as profoundly critical for Maldives as it is for China. No less important than the impending change of guard has been the spectacular triumph of democracy. Seldom has the anti-incumbency factor been so pronounced as it has been in …

    September 28, 2018
  • Wishful thinking

    Wishful thinking

    It is tricky trying to determine an appropriate response to the latest order of the Supreme Court seeking to rid electoral politics of unsavoury persons. Should it be a philosophically positive “as long as there’s life there’s hope”… or a lament that their Lordships admitted to their own shortcomings when expressing an inability to issue …

    September 27, 2018
  • India welcomes Maldives election outcome, calls it victory of democracy

    India welcomes Maldives election outcome, calls it victory of democracy

    New Delhi expressed hope the Maldivian Election Commission would officially confirm the result at the earliest.

    September 24, 2018
  • Democracy and Dissent

    Democracy and Dissent

    In a rather cerebral dissection of the scope of dissent in a democracy at the recent Statesman rural reporting awards, the dialogue understandably veered around violent forms of dissent that were clearly frowned upon by most of the panelists. It took an academic, Hari Sankar Vasudevan, to point out that democracy does allow space for …

    September 23, 2018
  • Badal: Poll violence daylight murder of democracy

    Badal: Poll violence daylight murder of democracy

    Badal said 19 September will be remembered as "one of the darkest days" for democracy in Punjab when the Congress made the state look like Bihar during the worst days of that state.

    September 21, 2018
  • The Angry Indian

    The Angry Indian

    Indians never had it so good. Prosperity is at its peak. After decades of rationing and shortages, stores are chocka-block with the fanciest goods. Democracy has made everyone equal, the era of nawabs and rajas is over; no foreign tyrant can stymie our ambitions. Economically and militarily, we are one of the strongest nations in …

    September 11, 2018
  • Quiet resistance

    Quiet resistance

    Is Donald Trump facing quiet resistance? This was the dominant query in the perspective of America’s civil society on Thursday when the head of the fountainhead of libertarian democracy debunked the venerable New York Times. The US President has accused the paper of committing “treason” for having published an opinion piece by an anonymous senior …

    September 8, 2018
  • Dissent dignified

    Dissent dignified

    Just days after the Supreme Court equated dissent with a “safety valve” in a vibrant democracy, the Law Commission delivered another blow for that basic freedom by suggesting a re-drafting of the law on sedition that has been frequently invoked to drown inimical voices. In stressing that sedition involves resort to violence or other illegal …

    September 1, 2018
  • Let’s be honest about McCain’s legacy

    Let’s be honest about McCain’s legacy

    It is difficult to encapsulate a political legacy without sliding into enraged hyperbole or saccharine fawning. With John McCain, it is even harder. That’s because we’re not in Kansas anymore, politically speaking: in the surreal presidential landscape we’ve found ourselves in, it seems almost quaint to refer to McCain as a dinosaur or a right-wing …

    August 31, 2018
  • A global citizenry needed to solve global problems

    A global citizenry needed to solve global problems

    There is increasing agreement among senior scientists that several problems confronting our planet have now taken the form of existential issues which threaten the survival of many forms of life including humankind. The special life-nurturing features of our bountiful and beautiful planet which led to the flourishing of millions of life-forms are threatened by man-made …

    August 31, 2018
  • The retreat of democracy

    The retreat of democracy

    True democracies around the world seem to be on the decline. Electoral democracies are increasingly becoming fraught with all kinds of unfair means. The recent elections in Pakistan and Zimbabwe have come under serious criticism and their credibility has been questioned. Earlier this year the elections in Egypt, Russia, Colombia, Venezuela and several others have …

    August 30, 2018
  • Poor, rural voters may be taking control in Pakistan

    Poor, rural voters may be taking control in Pakistan

    Despite being dogged by allegations of electoral engineering and vote-rigging, this year’s hotly contested general election in Pakistan should be – cautiously – celebrated. As a new government is sworn in, the country is marking a milestone in its tumultuous political history: the first time three democratic elections held in a row at regular intervals. …

    August 22, 2018