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  • 74th Independence Day | Is room for reasoned debate shrinking? Aug 14, 2020 02:19 PM IST

    74th Independence Day | Is room for reasoned debate shrinking?

    Freedom of speech and expression is one of the core principles at the heart of a true democracy. A genuinely nationalist narrative must ensure that all opinions are heard, however uncomfortable they may be

  • The power of democracy and the challenge from big tech Aug 07, 2020 12:49 PM IST

    The power of democracy and the challenge from big tech

    The big tech anti-trust hearings reflected the power of democracy, of smaller businesses and consumers having their voices and concerns heard through their representatives, despite the technological and financial dominance of the companies

  • By turning the spotlight on Hong Kong, India can put global pressure on China Jul 10, 2020 11:13 AM IST

    By turning the spotlight on Hong Kong, India can put global pressure on China

    India’s Hong Kong move has been noticed the world over, and Indian policy makers should use this moment in global politics to put China on notice

  • The Hong Kong crisis reflects China’s hegemonic ambitions Jul 09, 2020 03:44 PM IST

    The Hong Kong crisis reflects China’s hegemonic ambitions

    With deeper economic integration of Hong Kong, China will have the advantage of having two major financial centres: Shanghai and Hong Kong. This gives it an advantage in global financial markets by challenging US supremacy in the financial sphere

  • Has Hong Kong’s status as a global city come to an end? Jul 06, 2020 09:43 AM IST

    Has Hong Kong’s status as a global city come to an end?

    With the National Security Law coming into effect in Hong Kong, the special status it enjoys under US law will be affected. Beijing, however, is determined to nip the Hong Kong movement in the bud

  • Spirit of federalism forgotten, govt has abandoned any pretence of being democratic: Sonia Gandhi May 22, 2020 06:50 PM IST

    Spirit of federalism forgotten, govt has abandoned any pretence of being democratic: Sonia Gandhi

    Addressing a meeting of opposition parties convened to discuss the plight of migrants due to the lockdown, she alleged that the government is uncertain about the criteria for lockdowns and has no exit strategy.

  • Sedition Cases | When the process becomes the punishment May 15, 2020 11:52 AM IST

    Sedition Cases | When the process becomes the punishment

    Sedition trials are statistically doomed to end in acquittals. Then why does the State doggedly pursue these cases?

  • Legal Matters | Democracy in the dock Mar 25, 2020 04:54 PM IST

    Legal Matters | Democracy in the dock

    Our plight is that we have made a mockery of our democracy that such a large number of candidates with criminal backgrounds can compete for our votes effectively.

  • Legal Matters | Pluralism, dissent, and praise in a changing world Mar 06, 2020 09:03 AM IST

    Legal Matters | Pluralism, dissent, and praise in a changing world

    It is not uncommon for courts at different levels, going right up to the Supreme Court, to observe in quite a few cases that they pay heed to the ‘collective conscience’. Whether such subscription is called for or the accent has to be on purely legal matters is highly debatable.

  • BJP trying to bring down elected govt in MP; such conspiracies blot on democracy: Congress Mar 04, 2020 02:15 PM IST

    BJP trying to bring down elected govt in MP; such conspiracies blot on democracy: Congress

    BJP leaders in Madhya Pradesh have allegedly taken eight MLAs to a hotel in Haryana as part of a conspiracy to topple the state government, Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Minister Jitu Patwari said.

  • Politics | Why criminalising black flag protests is outlandish in a democracy Feb 28, 2020 09:09 AM IST

    Politics | Why criminalising black flag protests is outlandish in a democracy

    The British never liked the idea of being shown black flags in India when they were ruling the subcontinent. Their bias against black flags in India was passed on to the new rulers, who lapped up some of these unreasonable rules without giving them a thought.

  • Identity-based politics good for democracy: Pranab Mukherjee Feb 24, 2020 08:36 AM IST

    Identity-based politics good for democracy: Pranab Mukherjee

    "Democracy in India gave rise to identity-based politics. Purely from the lens of deepening democracy, I see this as a positive development because it leads to wider representation. However, an electorate divided on caste and community lines throws up a polarised mandate," Mukherjee said.

  • Detention without charges worst abomination in democracy: Chidambaram on PSA on Omar, Mehbooba Feb 07, 2020 09:36 AM IST

    Detention without charges worst abomination in democracy: Chidambaram on PSA on Omar, Mehbooba

    Mufti and Abdullah, besides two political stalwarts from the PDP and its arch-rival National Conference, were booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) by the administration on Thursday, officials in the union territory said.

  • Present wave of peaceful protests in country will help deepen India's democratic roots: Pranab Mukherjee Jan 24, 2020 08:47 AM IST

    Present wave of peaceful protests in country will help deepen India's democratic roots: Pranab Mukherjee

    Mukherjee pointed out that in the last few months people, particularly the youth, come out on the streets in large numbers to voice their views on issues "which in their view are important".

  • Policy | The good and bad of the Data Protection Bill Dec 18, 2019 10:13 AM IST

    Policy | The good and bad of the Data Protection Bill

    There can be simply no scenario in which allowing the government to intercept, access, and process personal data without strict safeguards can be good for a democracy.

  • India's strength is secular democracy; protecting rights of minority communities: Congressman Bera Dec 12, 2019 08:18 AM IST

    India's strength is secular democracy; protecting rights of minority communities: Congressman Bera

    "India's strength has been a secular democracy. And being a secular democracy means protecting the rights of the minorities. That was the vision of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru," Ami Bera, the longest serving Indian-American Congressman, said.

  • Fomer US Prez Dwight Eisenhower wanted to support India for its own right as a democracy: Richard Verma Dec 12, 2019 08:16 AM IST

    Fomer US Prez Dwight Eisenhower wanted to support India for its own right as a democracy: Richard Verma

    "President Eisenhower loved India and had a special place in his heart for the country,” Verma said at an event here on Wednesday held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of President Eisenhower's visit to India.

  • AAP to oppose CAB in Parliament, calls it BJP's attempt to end democracy Dec 09, 2019 02:55 PM IST

    AAP to oppose CAB in Parliament, calls it BJP's attempt to end democracy

    The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there.

  • Press is critical partner in democracy says Kiran Bedi Nov 16, 2019 04:00 PM IST

    Press is critical partner in democracy says Kiran Bedi

    Addressing the 'National Press Day' celebration organised at Raj Nivas, she said the administration was meant to serve the people who should also work with it.

  • International Day of Democracy 2019: Theme, significance and why it's celebrated Sep 15, 2019 03:11 PM IST

    International Day of Democracy 2019: Theme, significance and why it's celebrated

    The International Day of Democracy is celebrated every year on September 15 with aim to uphold and promote the fundamentals of democracy

  • Democracy falls short for people around the world: Report Jun 25, 2019 12:48 PM IST

    Democracy falls short for people around the world: Report

    The survey was released a few days before the EU's 28 leaders are due to decide the bloc's top jobs in a process criticised by some for not being democratic enough.

  • Politics | Without legal cover, the model code of conduct is toothless May 03, 2019 12:39 PM IST

    Politics | Without legal cover, the model code of conduct is toothless

    Political parties, courts, media and other sections of society need to ponder over issues of electoral malpractices and revisit the entire issue — the functioning of ECI, the applicability of the MCC, and electoral reforms.

  • Politics | China's views on India's elections are hopelessly inaccurate Apr 17, 2019 01:55 PM IST

    Politics | China's views on India's elections are hopelessly inaccurate

    China's arguments about India have nothing to do with a desire to see democracy achieve success by offering suggestions for improvement. Rather, the objective is to create doubts about its efficacy itself.

  • Political Economy | The importance of the nationalist narrative for Indian capitalism Apr 15, 2019 08:22 AM IST

    Political Economy | The importance of the nationalist narrative for Indian capitalism

    The question is how to ensure rapid capital accumulation in a democracy

  • India's emergence as world's largest, most vibrant democracy is exceptional: Indian envoy Feb 14, 2019 10:59 AM IST

    India's emergence as world's largest, most vibrant democracy is exceptional: Indian envoy

    Part of India's success lies in the historical tradition of people's participation in governance.

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