Democracy

  • Full text: President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the nation on Independence Day eve August 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Strongly disapproving of disruptions in Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that the need of the hour is to restore the grandeur and glory of institutions that have sustained democracy. "I sometimes wonder: has our democracy become too noisy? Have we lost the heart of contemplation and...
  • Has democracy become too noisy, asks President on the eve of the 68th Independence Day August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said intolerance and violence is a betrayal of the letter and spirit of democracy and slammed those who believe in the "poison drip of inflammatory provocation". In his Independence Day-eve address to the nation, he referred to bigotry and noted that an increasingly...
  • 'Mobile phones have made India more democratic' May 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Mobile phones have further strengthened the democracy in India, says Robert Jeffrey, the co-author of 'Cell Phone Nation', a book on social impact of mobile telephony in India. "Until about 10 years ago, phones in India were meant for important people with important work to do. Not for the...
  • UK High Commissioner visits booths to see democracy in action April 18, 2014

    British High Commissioner to India James Bevan on Thursday visited polling stations in Patna and neighbouring areas to witness the election process. "The British High Commissioner visited many polling stations in Patna Sahib and Patliputra Parliamentary seats which witnessed voting today," Mainak De, Eastern India head of Political Press and Public...
  • BR Ambedkar's quotes on democracy, untouchability, gender equality April 14, 2014

    New Delhi: On BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary, it is fitting if we were to examine his vision of modern India based on his writings. His vast output of scholarly works, essays and lectures are fertile ground for discovering the ideas he lived by and hoped would take root in India....
  • Foreign tourists line up to witness festival of democracy April 7, 2014

    As the poll juggernaut rolls on, tourists from countries like the US, France, Nigeria and UAE have decided to witness the rough-and-tumble of polls in the world's largest democracy, especially the keen contest in the holy city of Varanasi. Notwithstanding the scorching Indian summer, many foreigners have registered for a USD...
  • Open Mike: Is dynastic politics destroying Indian democracy? March 20, 2014

    In a special series 'Open Mike' CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose visits IIMC Campus in New Delhi and asks student whether dynastic politics destroying Indian democracy. ...
  • Democracy replaced by dictatorship of one person in WB: Congress March 20, 2014

    Senior Congress leader Soumen Mitra on Thursday alleged democracy was replaced by a dictatorship of one person in West Bengal. "During the 34 years of Left rule, West Bengal was reduced to a partisan government and relentless people's movement had restored democracy, but again has been reduced to a dictatorship of...
  • Congress workers vote for Bangalore North Primaries March 13, 2014

    Bangalore: Polling for the Bangalore North primaries, the Congress's attempt at internal democracy in choosing its candidates is underway in the IT city. Four candidates are trying their luck to see who amongst them gets the maximum votes to be the party's official candidate in the crucial Lok Sabha seat...
  • Watch: Simon Denyer speak on 2014 Lok Sabha elections March 10, 2014

    In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN's Amrita Tripathi, senior journalist Simon Denyer talked about the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Simon Denyer has worked in India with media giants Washington Post and Reuters. ...
  • Telangana Bill taken up after blocking out live coverage of Lok Sabha February 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The Telangana tussle has claimed one more victim. The people have lost the right to know and watch what is happening inside the Lok Sabha during the debate on Telangana Bill. The Lok Sabha TV has stopped the live coverage of the House on the orders of the...
  • Vasundhara Raje welcomes Kailash Meghwal, says Speaker is charioteer of democracy January 23, 2014

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday said the ruling party and the Opposition were two wheels of the chariot called democracy, and the Assembly Speaker "is the charioteer". In her congratulation message on the election of Kailash Meghwal as the Assembly Speaker, Raje told the House that he had a...
  • India yet to exhibit capacity for renewing democracy: Jairam Ramesh January 21, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said the country is yet to exhibit the capacity for renewing democracy. Delivering the valedictory address at International Conference on Deepening Democracy, Ramesh said to strengthen the foundations, the institutions need to undergo periodic review. "This is my message on democracy,"...
  • AAP victory has set good example of democracy's strength: Amartya Sen January 17, 2014

    Debutant Aam Aadmi Party's victory in the recent Delhi Assembly elections has set a good example of the strength of democracy in India, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen said at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur on Friday. Addressing the keynote session of a jam-packed session at the opening day of the...
  • Ideas 2014: In conversation with Pratap Bhanu Mehta on democracy, polls January 7, 2014

    In a special CNN-IBN series on Ideas 2014, Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose speaks to president of New Delhi-based think tank Centre for Policy Research Pratap Bhanu Mehta on the issue of democracy in the country. With Lok Sabha elections just months away, the battle between the two main parties has...
  • Nehru's criticism based on falsehood, says Sonia November 16, 2013

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi hit out at the BJP for its attack on Pandit Nehru saying those who reject him also reject his idea of parliamentary democracy. Gandhi said that criticism of the first prime minister by some forces was based on "innuendo, insinuation and falsehood aimed at character assassination". "Those who...
  • Democracy Debate: First past the post system helps mirror diversity October 25, 2013

    After 15 elections to the Lok Sabha and an equal (if not more) number of elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, the debate on the suitability of the First Past the Post (FPTP) system is still very much alive. Advocates of a Proportionate Representation (PR) system argue that the nature...
  • Proportional representation: A difficult choice October 24, 2013

    As the debate on electoral reforms gathers momentum, thanks to the latest verdicts delivered by the apex court, be it in the case of disqualification of convicted legislators or bringing political parties under the ambit of the RTI Act, some commentators and NGOs are now arguing that the FPTP (first...
  • A case for proportional representation system in India October 21, 2013

    It is being argued that India is a case for proportional representation system (PR). The current system of winner takes it all, even if the winning party gets just 1 vote more than all other candidates in the fray is also known as First Past The Post (FPTP). In a...
  • Vargas Llosa says latest novel his 'most optimistic' October 1, 2013

    Segovia: Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa says his latest novel, 'El heroe discreto' (The Discreet Hero), reflects on the growth and consolidation of democracy in Peru, making the work his "most optimistic" so far. The Peruvian writer, who also holds a Spanish citizenship, discussed his latest work during an appearance on...
  • Dharamsala: Tibet museum celebrates 53rd anniversary of government-in-exile September 3, 2013

    The Tibetan government-in-exile, which came into existence formally in Dharamshala 53 years ago, on Monday asserted again its demand of equal rights for the people of Tibet in China, as enjoyed by other ethnic minorities there. To mark the 53rd anniversary of its democracy day in-exile, the Tibet museum in Dharamshala...
  • Pakistan: I am leaving presidency as a satisfied man, says Asif Ali Zardari August 27, 2013

    Outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he is leaving the Presidency as a satisfied man after overseeing the first-ever democratic transition of power in Pakistan and relinquishing Presidential powers to Parliament. "Democratic transition to power means strengthening of democracy and I'm confident that Pakistan will be the ultimate winner,"...
  • Next year's polls opportunity to elect a stable govt: Pranab Mukherjee August 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Noting the "widespread cynicism and disillusionment" with governance and functioning of institutions, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said elections next year is an opportunity to elect a stable government that will ensure security and economic development. In his address to the nation on the eve of 67th Independence...
  • Democracy under threat in West Bengal: Brinda Karat August 7, 2013

    CPI-M Politburo member Brinda Karat on Wednesday appealed to the people to focus on West Bengal where democracy "is under threat" from the Trinamool Congress government. "West Bengal is going through its worst phase of crime incidents, and recent statements emanated by some ministers in the Mamata Banerjee Cabinet reflects...
  • Petition filed against SC verdict on convicted MPs, MLAs August 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Petitions seeking review of two landmark judgements of Supreme Court, disqualification of MPs and MLAs on being convicted and debarring arrested persons from contesting polls, have been filed in the apex court. The petition has been filed by the President of Haryana Swatantra Party Ramesh Dayal. Dayal has...
  • Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism debate: Who's afraid of social media? August 2, 2013

    At Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism debate, a panel of experts explored the pros and cons of social media and its implications on democracy. ...
  • Media is not raising issues related to villages: Hazare July 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Activist Anna Hazare on Saturday said that journalism, which is the fourth pillar of the democracy, has now become infested with mites and it is a cause of concern. "Journalism is the fourth pillar of the democracy which has to be strong, but it is a cause of concern...
  • Arabs deserve democracy, freedom and better life: Dr Wael Awwad July 4, 2013

    Egypt's first democratically elected President was overthrown by the military, ousted just after one year in office after the Arab Spring uprising brought him to power. Many Egyptians were angered that Morsi was giving too much power to the Muslim Brotherhood and had failed to tackle the country's mounting economic...