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A New Sunrise at the Parliament Street

A New Sunrise at the Parliament Street

India’s 16th Lok Sabha will be constituted after the conclusion of recent elections by 20 May 2014. The electoral landscape has undergone far-reaching changes. An important positive development is the space granted to civil society in opinion making. It has changed the tone of the political establishments who now loudly claim that their electoral commitments [...]

Mushrooming of political parties with no accountability

Mushrooming of political parties with no accountability

Central Information Commission in a path-breaking judgment classified the political parties under the category of public authority. The concerned parties were directed to nominate Information Officer as provided under the RTI Act. The parties are under total non-compliance and the Central Information Commission is unable to enforce the judgment. The plight of Election Commission of [...]

Perils of a prolonged election schedule

Perils of a prolonged election schedule

The election schedule for parliamentary elections as announced by Election Commission of India (ECI) on 5 March 2014 has raised serious issues regarding the efficiency, cost and prolonged period of administrative paralysis. It also needs to be tested from the equity point of view in terms of equal opportunity to all the contesting parties in [...]

Must agenda of the new Government

Must agenda of the new Government

In another two weeks there will be new Government which would be faced with the herculean challenges of rampant corruption, tardy growth, unemployment, spiraling prices of essential goods and fractious polity being fueled through deep rooted perceptions however misplaced they may be. Tailing the poll campaign there are three issues bothering the mindset of an [...]

It is all about “Conviction” of law makers

It is all about “Conviction” of law makers

In a PIL filed before the apex court in 2011, Public Interest Foundation (PIF), an NGO, had sought disqualification of candidates in electoral fray who have been charge sheeted for serious and heinous offences attracting sentence of five years or more. The Hon’ble Supreme Court was informed by the Election Commission that it has endorsed [...]

No more soft options to ECI for enforcing election code of conduct

No more soft options to ECI for enforcing election code of conduct

Election Commission of India (ECI) has full powers to enforce election code of conduct. 2014 elections will be remembered for hate speech, communally charged expressions, deliberate play of divisive politics and lack of political civility. There have been expressions from politicians which seek to dent the apolitical feature of our army. The support of the [...]

Who is afraid of electoral offences?

Who is afraid of electoral offences?

As 2014 General Elections dawn on India, the purport of electoral reforms in the country finds primacy in public dialogues amongst the citizenry. One of the critical issues concerns the futurity of electoral offences in India’s jurisprudence. Analyzing the self-sworn affidavits of candidates who have contested Parliamentary and State Assembly elections since 2008, National Election [...]

Serious disconnect of internet highway

Serious disconnect of internet highway

National Optical Fibre Network project was undertaken in October, 2011 with completion schedule by December 2013. The goal was to connect 250 Thousand Gram Panchayats with optical network capable of delivering broadband services of 100 Mbps. Approximate project cost for laying of optical fibre network was Rs. 20 thousand crore. The project was blessed by [...]

The battle against criminals in our politics is not over yet

The battle against criminals in our politics is not over yet

The campaign for decriminalization of politics is high on the national agenda. The role of judiciary and civil society in highlighting the menace of criminalization and ways to curb the trend has been historic. The order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on March 10, 2014 has very long range impact in terms of remedy. The [...]

The ECI Juggernaut

The ECI Juggernaut

India is finally caught in the election fever waiting to cast votes to constitute the 16th Lok Sabha, one of the most cyclopean phenomena, any democracy in the modern world has ever witnessed. It is this routine followed once in every five years that awakes the country as a whole and the world equally to [...]

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