Saturday, 3 December, 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.

On Camera


File photo of Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan | ANI

Arif Mohammad Khan vs Kerala govt isn’t a new faceoff. Old cases show Governor wears two hats

Under UGC provisions, a search committee is appointed to find suitable candidates for the V-C post. Governors make their selection from among these names.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.


A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Gujarat election is anything but dull. BJP’s political neurosis about AAP is the hidden headline

Gujarat is the only state where Modi is directly in contention. Even if he wins, the team that runs him closest has much to gain.