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Was Emergency in India akin to Hitler’s Regime? | Ram Puniyani

July 9, 2018 - 5:34 pm in Governance

On the eve of 43rd anniversary of the Emergency, which was imposed on the country in 1975, BJP has come out strongly condemning the event, has issued half page advertisement and Modi said that it was imposed to save the power of a family. There are claims…

Democracy at Stake #Back2Ballot | Antara Mukherjee

February 20, 2018 - 11:35 am in Elections

“Today it is no more the question of going back to ballot paper in elections, but it’s a must that 2019 elections be conducted through the ballot…

Temples, Politics and Leaders: From Jawaharlal Nehru to Rahul Gandhi

January 27, 2018 - 11:48 am in Faiths

What should be the attitude of leaders’ visits to places of worship? The matter is very complex in a society like that of India where the hold of religion…

Sectarianism suppressing democratic Right of Expression | Ram Puniyani

October 20, 2017 - 4:11 pm in Governance

Freedom of expression has been the core value which accompanied the struggle for India’s Independence. The British did attempt to stifle the voices of dissent but the freedom fighters did see this as a crucial mechanism of rooting democratic ethos in the…

The failure of multi-party democracy in India

October 18, 2017 - 1:16 pm in Economics

The 19th national congress of the Communist Party of China is underway. Every day the contrast between the Chinese model of development towards socialism and India’s failed multi-party democracy becomes starker. The vision for the world presented by China’s…

70 Years of Independence: Miles and Miles to go Before we Sleep

August 21, 2017 - 2:22 pm in Society

Seventy years as an independent country is a good enough period to reflect on how we have evolved as a nation and how our polity has evolved. It will be incorrect to generalize our observations across the length and breadth of our country as India is very…

NEEDED “Freedom from AFSPA” in J&K and Manipur | Pushkar Raj

August 15, 2016 - 7:52 pm in Governance

As India celebrates its anniversary of independence from the British rule it, is worthwhile to ask when the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur will get freedom from the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act 1958 (AFSPA) which is no less than being living under…

What AILS Indian Democracy ?

April 16, 2016 - 1:28 pm in Society

India won freedom under a leadership whose dream was to have an India, which belongs to all Indians. Gandhji wrote in the Harijan of 9 August, 1942 about the India they have been fighting for in the following words : Hindustan belongs to all those who were…

Dissenting Voices – The biggest protectors of Democracy

February 13, 2016 - 1:03 pm in Reforms

The way Delhi police under the direct order of home minister Rajnath Singh on the issue of 'anti national' activities being allowed inside JNU Campus is shameful to say the least. The police arrested several students and president of JNUSU Mr Kanhaiya Kumar…

Returning honors is an attempt to save democracy

November 18, 2015 - 1:57 pm in Society

Last few weeks have seen a flood of ‘returning’ honors by writers, scientists and artists. These awardees in way have stood up to make themselves to be counted. There are also various statements from academics, historians, artists and scientists showing…