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Diminishing electoral dividend for the political dynasties
Published on : Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Do political dynasties really matter in India's electoral lanscape? Dynasties may exist in politics, but democracy has the power to equalise the dynasts. The diminishing power of the political families in India bear testimony to the deep roots democracy has struck in the country, writes Barun Mitra.
Can one buy an election?
Published on : Thursday, February 02, 2012
Contrary to popular chatter, there is little or no correlation between the amount of money a party has and the likelihood of it returning to power. It is time we consider removing the limits on election expenditure, that has done little to restrain cost of elections. A law that can neither be obeyed nor enforced, is contributing to undermining the legitimacy of democracy, and of politics. Therefore an open election expense law, with no limit but complete disclosure, would be a better idea, writes Barun Mitra in the Financial Express.
Can bad politics make for good economics?
Published on : Saturday, January 28, 2012
It is generally believed that good economic policies do not necessarily lead to electoral victory, in India. There is a general agreement that economic competition improves the lot of the paying consumer. So, what might be the impact of political competition? While economic growth is not sufficient to help win an election, could increased political competition among major political formations help in adopting economic policies that perform, and contribute to marginal improvements in the lot of the citizens, asks Barun Mitra in Financial Express.
May 2, 2009: Empowering India in Patna
Published on : Saturday, May 02, 2009
All are cordially invited to the launch of Empowering India website in Patna, on 2 May 2009. Mr Manoje Nath, Additional Director General of Police, Bihar, will do the honours. Apart from additional tools for a range of political analysis, the latest feature is a Google tool to translate each page of the website in to Hindi. This should make the website accessible to many more people.
April 16, 2009:Empowering India launch and panel discussion in Bangalore
Published on : Thursday, April 16, 2009
Press of Institute of India and Liberty Institute, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, cordially invite you to the launch of Empowering India, in Chennai. Mr Sudhakar Rao, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka has consented to release the web site. Justice Santosh Hegde, (retd.) Supreme Court of India will be the guest of honour. All are welcome at 10 am, on April 16, 2009.
Empowering India: Launch in Chennai on April 4, 2009
Published on : Saturday, April 04, 2009
Press of Institute of India and Liberty Institute, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, cordially invite you to the launch of Empowering India, in Chennai. Mr Naresh Gupta, Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu has consented to release the web site. Mr T S Krishnamoorthy, former Chief Election Commissioner of India will be the guest of honour. All are welcome at 10 am, on April 4, 2009.
Get to know your elected representative better
Published on : Saturday, March 15, 2008
Before you sport that mark of indelible ink on your index finger, it might help if you did your homework before you exercise your franchise. An interesting civil society initiative seeks to make it easier for voters to know the candidate seeking to represent them better. Liberty Institute, a Delhi-based group, has taken up the arduous task of translating into English, compiling and digitising the information provided by candidates in their affidavits before the Election Commission for Assembly and general elections, held in the year 2004 in the State, writes Swathi Shivanand in The Hindu
Redrawing the electoral constituencies: Limited delimitations
Published on : Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The delimitation exercise has been wonderfully non-partisan. But it's still incomplete. We are about to face the new political map of the country where every electoral constituency boundary has been redrawn. Yet we missed an opportunity to take up some of the key challenges of the country's demographic and political transition: shifting balance of population among different states, rapid urbanisation, salience of community-based politics and the proliferation of the third tier of democracy, writes Yogendra Yadav in the Indian Express
Democracy depends on the unelected
Published on : Sunday, January 27, 2008
Republic Day, January 26, celebrates the day India became a democracy with a written Constitution. Indians are proud of their democracy. Yet, they view politicians who win democratic elections as knaves and thieves. The institutions that command the most respect are the Supreme Court, Election Commission and Army. All three are unelected. We have little respect for the elected and immense respect for some who are not. Why? Because democracy means much more than elections, writes Swaminathan Aiyar in the Times of India
'Our' socialist agenda: The time to oust it has come
Published on : Thursday, January 17, 2008
Countries where socialism was the only political ideology of the state inevitably degenerated into dictatorship. So, is there any need for all political parties to pledge allegiance to socialism in a multi-party democracy like India? We need to seriously reconsider the issues, following the notices issued by the Supreme Court to the government and Election Commission, writes Barun Mitra in the Mint
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