Tuesday, 5 July, 2022

Topic: Democracy

Bibek Debroy on GDP estimation and Devi Shetty on improving medical education

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.