Thursday, 27 January, 2022

Topic: Democracy

You did not elect a leader to make stunning speeches: NDTV anchor Ravish Kumar

In this excerpt from his book 'The Free Voice', NDTV anchor Ravish Kumar explains why a dissenting citizen is real strength of a democracy. 

Universal adult franchise was the greatest experiment in India’s democratic history

In this excerpt, Ornit Shah explains how electoral democracy, shaped by the imagination of bureaucrats, came to life through universal adult franchise.

‘Butterfly Politics’ is a mirror to reflect on miles covered for gender equality

Mackinnon’s understanding of concepts of power, privilege and intellectual freedom isn’t just universal, but also prophetic.

For many, Asma Jahangir was the one-stop shop for human rights in Pakistan

A fearless advocate for human rights in Pakistan, the loss of Asma Jahangir will now make people think twice before speaking out.

How BJP started the EVM-tampering murmurs that haunt it today

After the UPA retained power in 2009, it was L.K. Advani who began questioning EVMs, pointing out their discontinuation in Germany and the US.

Talk Point: Nehru’s pragmatic approach to foreign policy will continue to endure

Jawaharlal Nehru was a successful leader of his time. The important thing to remember is the expression “of his time”.

Talk Point: Nothing of Nehru’s vision could endure, he should be placed peacefully in history

Jawaharlal Nehru was not original in his views. He was of a poetic nature, but his views were formed by the liberalism in Europe and Fabian socialism.

TalkPoint: We are isolated from the world of solidarity that Nehru had constructed

We have to sadly recognise that determined efforts have been made by the party in power to erase Nehru's memory from the annals of modern India.

Talk Point: We need a more robust defence of Nehru’s ideas – for us, not for him

The people currently in power never had a say in building up nation post-independence, and it is very unfortunate that they are denigrating Nehru, who laid the foundation

Global Pulse: Why were the Russians so keen on Trump?

America’s democracy has received another blow, even as its president insists all is okay. Russia, which is silently watching, has many questions to answer:...

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File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.