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Front companies, corrupt govts, banks that vanish overnight — how global kleptocrats unite

In ‘Kleptopia’, Tom Burgis follows how dirty money floods the global economy when crisis hits democracies and kleptocrats see an opportunity to seize power.
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Why is the army in Pakistan dangerous for democracy? Answer goes back to 1947

The Pakistan Army was a stooge of the West and it is no surprise that it started behaving as a colonial army in its own country.
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Unity is not conformity — India should know that as Prashant Bhushan is convicted for contempt

India is a criticism-surplus society, but one trip to China or Singapore will tell you why its much better than a robotic society.
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What will replace the first Indian republic? Three journeys democracy can take now

In his new book ‘Making Sense of Indian Democracy’, Yogendra Yadav writes about the three future possibilities for the Indian republic. And two of those aren’t very democratic.
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India’s democracy crumbling? Constitution shows how to create democracy in unlikely settings

Ashutosh Varshney, in his reading of Madhav Khosla’s new book, writes how India is a democracy by design and the Constitution its teacher.
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Who will elect India’s leaders – we or Xi? The answer lies in EVMs

No longer can other countries be trusted to stay away from India’s elections. EVMs are the biggest vulnerability in the face of an external aggression.
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Elections have become meaningless in India — the BJP wins even when it loses

Who needs elections when the BJP is going to install its government everywhere by hook or crook?
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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.
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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.

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Globalisation of revenge

Nobody looks more ridiculous in the whole Iraq situation than the Europeans. A bit of their hypocrisy was on show in New Delhi.
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Reliance Industries posts 15% profit drop as Covid hits oil demand

The company posted a net profit of Rs 9,567 crore in July-September compared with Rs 11,262 crore a year back.


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India successfully test fires air-launched version of BrahMos missile from Sukhoi jet

The missile hit a sinking ship in the Bay of Bengal with accuracy, official sources said. It was fired after the Su-30 MKI aircraft travelled for over three hours.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.