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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.
Benazir's heir and the future of Pakistan
Published on : Thursday, January 17, 2008
The Economist magazine declared General (retd.) Musharraf's Pakistan the "world's most dangerous place," and warned that it is in Pakistan that the "war" against Islamist extremism would be "won or lost." Seldom have terms such as "disintegration" and "on the brink of collapse" been used so widely and with such certitude as in relation to Pakistan. The question is whether Pakistan can rid itself of the structures that have brought it to such a pass. Yet, doomsday scenarios are flawed, writes Hasan Suroor in The Hindu
A dynastic disease in American politics
Published on : Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The US was founded as a constitutional republic. There were to be no kings, dukes or other rapscallions in the New Jerusalem. Thomas Paine spoke for all of us in Common Sense, saying there was no role for hereditary monarchy in the new world: "For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever, and though himself might deserve some decent degree of honours of his contemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them."


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