Thursday, 6 October, 2022

Topic: Democracy

What gives Indian democracy its long life? The choices elites make

Brown University professor writes that Modi's India is still an electoral democracy. But the longer Hindu nationalists remain in power, the weaker it'll become as a liberal democracy.

Delhi goes on a book date with divorce and democracy, but Nehru steals the show

At the launch of Saumya Saxena’s book ‘Divorce and Democracy’, scholars discussed how Indian women have resisted the religion-or-rights binary.

Pakistan @75 is crumbing, one institution after the other. Need urgent repair

As Pakistan gets ready to celebrate its 75th birthday, a range of institutions seem to have developed cracks manifesting decay that needs urgent repair. The...

BJP is remodelling India as a one-party state. And there’s a striking resemblance to China

Modern China gave the world capitalism without democracy. Now India looks set to give the world a one-party state in a multi-party polity.

‘Political opposition should not translate into hostility,’ says CJI Ramana

Speaking at an event, CJI Ramana raised concerns over the quality of legislative performance and said that the space for opposition was declining in the country.

Rishi Sunak to Priti Patel, UK PM race shows it’s a mature democracy. India’s not even close

UK's PM race shows us that given a level playing field, all South Asians and especially Indians can excel in politics. But it's far from reality.

First US, now UK, democracies giving up on strongman leaders. Why it’s unthinkable in India

Democracies are restoring the dull but democratic powers of rules and institutions by dousing the passions that led to the rise of strongman leaders. India isn't there yet.

Modi govt’s assault on democracy is more sinister than the Emergency. Look at the differences

While the Emergency was brutal and sudden, Modi govt's moves are far more insidious and systemic and will undermine our society for a long time.

Modi has actually given democracy a shot in the arm with his usual decision-making style

Indians are refusing to be silent spectators of Modi govt's disruptive policies. Agnipath protests are the latest indicator from a society that won't be muzzled.

Denying Parliament info citing ‘national security’ undemocratic. Govt moves need oversight

In the tussle between weakening Parliament and power-hungry executive, Indians are losing their voice.

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The BMW i4 eDrive40. Photo Credit: BMW

Ukraine crisis gave auto sector a crude shock. See how India is responding

The PLI scheme as well as other sops for manufacturing, show that despite some public missteps, government is trying to coax manufacturing into India.

Indian refiners scout for oil deals ahead of EU ban on Russian crude imports

European Union ban on Russian crude imports from 5 Dec will drive European refiners to buy more Middle East oil, putting them in competition with Asian buyers.


File photo of a BrahMos firing by a Su-30 MKI | Credit: IAF

IAF to increase Sukhois armed with BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with over 500km-range

The IAF currently has 40 SU-30 MKI with BrahMos, the only supersonic cruise missile in the world.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.