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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.
A protester holds up a placard during the protests in Hong Kong against China's imposition of the new national security law. | Poebe Kong/ Twitter

Hong Kong considers delay in election, sparks new concern in US, Australia, UK

Suggestions of an election delay have prompted criticism from Hong Kong democracy advocates, who hoped to ride the momentum of last year's landslide victory in local elections.
PM Modi with BJP president Amit Shah at the party headquarters, New Delhi

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?
A woman casts her ballot as she votes during the general election in Singapore on July 10, 2020. Photographer: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images

Singapore heads to polls as the city grapples with coronavirus

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s ruling party seeks to extend its 55-year rule with a fresh mandate to counter the city-state’s worst-ever recession amid the Covid crisis.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong | Commons

Why Singapore’s ruling party easily wins big in every election

In 12 previous elections over more than five decades, the PAP ⁠— which has led Singapore since its independence in 1965 ⁠— has never won less than 93% of parliamentary seats.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's former secretary of defense, speaks during an interview at his home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. | Photographer: Tharaka Basnayaka | Bloomberg

Sri Lanka postpones parliamentary elections for nearly two months amid Covid-19 crisis

The coronavirus outbreak has killed seven people and infected 295 others in the country.
Supreme Court of India being renovated

Me Lord, use your time for something better: My response to SC order on criminals in politics

Wouldn’t it be better if SC focussed its energy on tackling the root causes – the inordinate delays and miscarriage of justice in India's legal system?
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For Modi and Amit Shah, the word ‘Hindu’ is devoid of a moral compass. It’s just us vs them

The BJP has delinked moral principles from what it means to be a Hindu. It’s a successful electoral strategy. But its by-product will engulf India.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Congress-Sena-NCP? Data shows parties forming unnatural alliances don’t dump ideologies

Long-standing alliances – Left Front in West Bengal, UDF in Kerala, Congress-DMK in Tamil Nadu – are all between ideologically similar allies.

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Covid

School buses, closed rooms, droplets — Yes, coronavirus can spread through air

If you’re infected, droplets from your mouth or nose can contain the coronavirus, and early research suggests it can be viable for many minutes to hours.
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Wellness, watches & even weed — What the future holds for luxury retail

Covid has made 2020 the worst year for the global luxury market in modern history, but it is also why health is likely to be the ultimate luxury product in the next decade.

Defence

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India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
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If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?