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 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
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
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
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
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 trials are statistically doomed to end in acquittals. Then why does the State doggedly pursue these cases?
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.
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 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.
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.
"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.
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.
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".
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 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.
"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.
The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there.
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.
The International Day of Democracy is celebrated every year on September 15 with aim to uphold and promote the fundamentals of democracy
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.
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.
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.
The question is how to ensure rapid capital accumulation in a democracy
Part of India's success lies in the historical tradition of people's participation in governance.