Tag: Democracy

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  • 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
  • Opposition hit, Press hit and Hun Sen won the election

    Opposition hit, Press hit and Hun Sen won the election

    Hun Sen and the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won a recent landslide victory in the Southeast Asian country. After outlawing the main opposition party that challenged the ruling CPP, Hun Sen secured more than 80 per cent of the popular vote and well over 100 of the 125 contested seats in the National Assembly. Despite …

    August 20, 2018
  • US President vs Press

    US President vs Press

    The fact that at least 350 media entities in the United States of America ran editorials last Thursday condemning Donald Trump’s inbuilt aversion towards and consistent attack on the Press is in itself testament to the freedom of the media, indeed the bedrock of a vibrant democracy. Not that he is the first US President …

    August 19, 2018
  • Need for recruitment reforms

    Need for recruitment reforms

    Union Public Service Commission, responsible for the employment and selection of civil servants, must adopt a holistic system to judge intellectual, administrative, and behavioural characteristics of an individual.

    August 10, 2018
  • Delhi HC: Election Commission has crucial role in democracy

    Delhi HC: Election Commission has crucial role in democracy

    Countering his submission, the poll panel's counsel Arvind Nigam said that this case was based on documents.

    August 9, 2018
  • Study of Humanities

    Study of Humanities

    The basic function of education is to enhance the humanising potential. The other distressing alternative is dehumanisation. Between the two, only humanisation can be the acceptable vocation. The study of humanities promotes the process and also serves as a bulwark against dehumanising forces, that threaten humankind and are unleashed certain aspects of technology and the …

    August 6, 2018
  • Criticism must be taken in positive spirit: Jai Ram

    Criticism must be taken in positive spirit: Jai Ram

    Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday said the criticism should be taken in a positive manner as it is a part of vibrant democracy. After paying tribute to first the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Dr YS Parmar on his 112th birth anniversary here, he said Dr Parmar was a visionary leader who fought …

    August 4, 2018
  • Kangana Ranaut says PM Modi ‘rightful leader of democracy’, should get another 5 years

    Kangana Ranaut says PM Modi ‘rightful leader of democracy’, should get another 5 years

    The outspoken Bollywood actress, who has been a vocal opponent of nepotism in Bollywood, said that PM Modi has reached where he is today because of “his sheer hard work” and not because of his lineage.

    July 29, 2018
  • Chasing a tarnished dream

    Chasing a tarnished dream

    Can the frayed democracies of the day be loved by those who supposedly have stakes in them, asks Rafia Zakaria

    July 26, 2018
  • 15th Finance board chairman lauds WB govt

    15th Finance board chairman lauds WB govt

    WB govt has made enormous progress on macroeconomic parameters, debt management, GDP growth and own tax revenues: N K Singh.

    July 18, 2018
  • Are EVMs democratic?

    Are EVMs democratic?

    Those infatuated with the technology-driven Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) fail to realise that elections are synonymous with democracy and are meant to translate the consent of the citizens into governmental authority. To achieve this, elections should be held in strict conformity with democracy principles. These are: * The process should be transparent in a manner …

    July 6, 2018
  • Bengal has problems with law and order situation: Ahir

    Bengal has problems with law and order situation: Ahir

    Union minister says anarchy has no place in democracy; expresses concern over killing of activists.

    June 16, 2018