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BJP workers welcome Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the party headquarters, Thursday | PTI

Three things Indian liberals held dear were tested this Lok Sabha election

Progressives and liberals are now saying the system is broken because it is electing people who are at the opposite end of the spectrum.

India & Pakistan have established ‘English rule without the Englishman’

By enforcing colonial-era laws & using technology for illiberal causes, India and Pakistan are no different from the British when it comes to quashing dissent.
File photo of Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj, Rahul Gandhi and LK Advani at Parliament House on December 13, 2017 in New Delhi | Getty Images

This election is not a level-playing field

A free and fair election gives all parties equal opportunities. This Lok Sabha election is not one such.
Women in Mumbai look at a phone | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Future of democracy is literally in India’s hands — through smartphones

The smartphone is dramatically reconfiguring human character in India, and the long-term consequences for the country’s fragile democracy.

From India to Israel, laws are chipping away at democracy around the world

Experts no longer debate whether democracy is imperilled, but by how much and whether it’s reversible.
Bollywood

Is it good for Indian democracy when artistes, celebs & economists endorse parties as groups?

Nine hundred artistes including Vivek Oberoi and Shankar Mahadevan have appealed to Indians to vote for PM Narendra Modi.
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The Indian govt should know that internet shutdowns don’t work

In India, there were 154 internet shutdowns between January 2016 and May 2018. This is the most of any country in the world.

Forty years on from the Iranian Revolution, could the country be at risk of another one?

There are doubts on whether the Islamic Republic can survive the dire circumstances it's currently facing.
Representational image | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Why there has been no big social unrest in India to reflect inadequate job growth

Economic growth, migration & democracy are limiting the unrest that might have otherwise occurred in India.
A view of Parliament building, New Delhi | Bloomberg News

With 3 pillars of democracy falling apart, it’s time to read the Constitution once again

Constitution-framers wanted these three wings to function independently, with clearly defined separation of powers.

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File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav | PTI

Modi’s big UP win means Akhilesh Yadav’s SP & Mayawati’s BSP will soon be rivals again

With Narendra Modi keen on winning UP again in 2022, there will be pressure on Yogi Adityanath’s government to perform better.
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Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.