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Gopal Krishna Agarwal

At 13, I joined the protest against Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, spent 3 months in jail

BJP national spokesperson Gopal Krishna Agarwal writes about how the time spent in jail while his parents were lodged in another prison shaped his views about democracy and freedom.
PM Narendra Modi with Amit Shah at the BJP headquarter | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

This is no Emergency. Modi and Shah are using democracy to subvert democracy

By looking for an Emergency in our times, we forget to notice that the first Republic inaugurated with the Constitution of India is already over.
Bhupendrasinh Chudasama | Twitter

SC stays Gujarat High Court order that scrapped BJP minister Chudasama’s election

The Gujarat High Court had scrapped state minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama’s election this week over what it described as several discrepancies in the counting of votes.
Gujarat minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama

‘Ballot manipulation, unholy nexus’ — why high court scrapped Gujarat minister’s election 

Gujarat High Court declared state minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama’s 2017 election void this week on grounds of multiple discrepancies.
PM Modi and state chief ministers attend a video conference Monday | Photo: ANI

Covid is making an autocratic Modi morph into a man of consensus who talks to CMs

Consensus and consultation are not two traits displayed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But the marathon Covid video conferences are changing that image.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting via video conference amid the lockdown to prevent spread of Covid-19 | PIB | Twitter

The other Covid crisis — India caught between a charismatic PM and servile bureaucrats

Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic hit India, it has been clear that the bureaucratic structure Modi built is not delivering. And sometimes, it’s becoming part of the problem.
Chinese police officers wearing masks stand in front of the Tiananmen Gate on January 26, 2020 in Beijing, China. | Photographer: Betsy Joles/ Bloomberg via getty images

Go Corona to Go Democracy: How Covid showed Indians’ love for autocracy

Indians locked in their homes due to the coronavirus longed for their leader to turn more powerful and authoritarian, fondly reminiscing about the Emergency days.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Suspending MPLADS funds for coronavirus crisis is another stab at Indian democracy

If the Modi govt needs more funds to fight Covid crisis, it can suspend Rs 20,000-crore Central Vista project or Rs 25,000-crore Parliament project. India needs MPLADS.
A family of workers walks towards the Delhi-Ghaziabad border | Photo : Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India to Hungary, Covid-19 will make frightened people trade freedom for life

Democracies are in danger during the Covid-19 crisis as leaders like Victor Orban and Ilham Aliyev are going to execute power grabs.
People clap and clang utensils for workers and medical practitioners fighting coronavirus during Janta curfew, in New Delhi | PTI

India’s democracy deficit comes in the way of its battle against COVID-19

Critical questions about India’s handling of COVID-19 are being brushed under the carpet of propaganda and there is a brazen lack of accountability.

On Camera

File photo of Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on 24 October

Protect bankers, act against miscreants with full force of law: Finance ministry tells states

In a letter to all state chief secretaries, the finance ministry sought proactive and preventive measures amid rising incidents of violence against bankers on bank premises.

Defence

Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

Armed forces to limit flying Cheetah choppers as Covid hits spares production at HAL

HAL has reduced spare production for the ageing Cheetahs, and it has been communicated to the forces that the shortage is expected to last around 3 months.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.