Tag: Democracy

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  • 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
  • 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