Debate

  • Retirement age necessary in politics as well: Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dropped senior leaders from its Parliamentary Board, senior Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi sparked off a debate. Dwivedi said on Thursday that there should be a retirement age in politics. He went on to say that in active politics, preference must be given...
  • Social media not a vehicle of debate, instead encourages self-censorship: Study 6 days ago

    Washington: People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social...
  • Making schools safe: Need to frame clear policies to curb violence against children July 21, 2014

    The arrest of a school skating instructor for the rape of a 6-year-old child in a Bangalore school has sparked a nationwide debate on the need to re-ascertain and frame the right policies to safeguard the security of children in school, and to curb the incidences of violence against students....
  • Karnataka CM seen sleeping in Assembly during debate on sexual offences July 18, 2014

    Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday found himself in an embarrassing spot as video footage on TV channels showed him apparently dozing off during a debate on sexual offences against women in the Legislative Assembly. Siddaramaiah was seen in the video grab tilting his head in the front with eyes...
  • High drama in Rajya Sabha as MP lists debate on Gaza without Sushma Swaraj's consent July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: There was high drama in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday due to confusion over a debate on the Gaza crisis. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had listed the debate, but External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wrote to the Rajya Sabha Chairman claiming that her consent wasn't sought before...
  • Rape law debate: Should juveniles get the same punishment as adults? July 14, 2014

    Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi has said that juveniles who commit rape should be tried as adults. She also said that she is personally working to amend the law so that 16-year-olds are brought out of the purview of the Juvenile Justice Act. ...
  • DU remains firm on its stand, decides to retain the FYUP June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Keeping firm on its stand, the Delhi University has decided to retain its Four Year University Programme. The Academic Council of the University of Delhi held a meeting on Saturday on University Grants Commission's (UGC) letter which sought a review of the FYUP. UGC had said that to maintain...
  • Venkaiah Naidu blames Congress for Hindi directive June 20, 2014

    Chennai: Senior BJP leader and Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu has blamed the previous Congress for the directive promoting Hindi across India. Speaking to the media he said "I don't know why this controversy is happening. We have not done anything. This circular was issued on March 10. We weren't...
  • Congress opposes Hindi push, warns of backlash June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The Congress on Friday attacked the government for directing officials to use Hindi in social media, warning that this will lead to a backlash in non-Hindi speaking states. "There will be a backlash in non-Hindi states, in particular in Tamil Nadu... The government is advised to proceed with caution,"...
  • Use all languages on social media: CPI-M June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The CPI-M today criticized the government decision to use Hindi as the sole medium of communication for government information on social media. A statement from the Communist Party of India-Marxist said this went "against the principle of linguistic equality and is an injustice to other national languages. "The government...
  • Watch: Cyrus Broacha moderate an election debate May 11, 2014

    In this week's 'The Election That Isn't', Cyrus Broacha conducts an election debate. ...
  • Young India Debates: Influence of social media in politics May 4, 2014

    In third show of the special series 'Young India Debates', CNN-IBN's Anubha Bhonsle visits Manav Rachna International University in Faridabad and discusses the politics and social media with the students and the panel of experts. ...
  • Advani favours US-style debate in India while addressing rally in Pithoragarh May 2, 2014

    Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Friday favoured US-style public debate between main competing candidates for the post of Prime Minister in India. "Instead of rallies by different political parties, the Election Commission should organise discussions between main contenders for the post of Prime Minister in particular election," Advani said while...
  • Watch: 'Young India Debates' on 2014 Lok Sabha elections April 27, 2014

    In the run to 2014 Lok Sabha elections, CNN-IBN brings forth the issues raised by first-time voters. ...
  • Watch: Mumbaikars expectations from politicians in 'Young India Debates' April 20, 2014

    In 'Young India Debates' first episode IBN18 Network Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai spoke to the younsters of Mumbai that what they want from the politicians. The show also had panelists from Congress, BJP and AAP. Congress leader Milind Deora, BJP leader Poonam Mahajan and AAP leader Medha Patkar spoke about the...
  • Jayalalithaa accepts Karunanidhi's challenge for open debate on Cauvery April 15, 2014

    AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on accepted the gauntlet thrown by her arch-rival DMK president M Karunanidhi for an open debate on the Cauvery issue, saying she was prepared to face him in the state assembly. Repeatedly charging Karunanidhi with betraying the state on the emotive inter-state...
  • Parliament to take up Telangana Bill for discussion on Tuesday February 17, 2014

    New Delhi: With just a few days left for the Parliament's Winter Session to conclude, the House will take up the controversial Telangana Bill for debate on Tuesday. The Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Monday told reporters that the Bill would be discussed in Parliament on Tuesday. Telangana Bill...
  • PM raps Kejriwal, calls for moderation in public debate on corruption February 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rapped Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday saying that there was a need to trivialise debate on corruption. Calling for moderation in the public debate on corruption, Dr Singh said, "We must make sure that honest officers are not harassed for bonafide mistakes,"...
  • Infosys Prize 2013: The science and society debate February 10, 2014

    The Infosys Awards are in the 5th year. This year, these awards have been instituted to recognise excellence in the pure sciences and in the social sciences. CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose asks the panel if India is doing enough to bring its scientists back to the country. ...
  • Andhra bifurcation: State government seeks four more weeks to debate Telangana bill January 21, 2014

    Andhra Pradesh government has sought extension of the January 23 deadline by four more weeks for discussing and debating the Telangana bill in the state Assembly before it returning to the President. The Home Ministry has sent the Andhra Pradesh government's letter to the Prime Minister's Office, which in turn will...
  • BJP ambivalent on homosexuality law, says debate not yet over December 20, 2013

    BJP on Friday suggested that its stand on the Supreme Court judgement on Section 377 of IPC which upheld criminality of homosexual relations is still open, saying the debate over the issue is not yet over. "If you look at the issue, I don't think the debate is still over.... The...
  • Rising Girl: A film to increase public dialogue on gender November 1, 2013

    New Delhi: US ambassador Nancy J. Powell has announced a project, 'Girl Rising Country Partnership', which will increase public dialogue on gender and education around the world using the medium of a film. Under this project by the US Agency for International Development's (USAID), the film, 'Rising Girl' will be screened...
  • 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...
  • Manual scavenging is a pernicious practice, sanctified by the caste system: Jairam Ramesh October 10, 2013

    New Delhi: As the temple vs toilet debate refuses to die, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, who no longer holds the sanitation portfolio, is using every opportunity to push the case for more toilets to end open defaecation, eradication of the pernicious practice of manual scavenging and the rehabilitation of...
  • Full text: Nawaz Sharif's statement at UNGA September 27, 2013

    Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, I congratulate you on your election as the President of the United Nations General Assembly. It is a fitting recognition of your distinguished career. I also commend Mr. Vuk Jeremic, for his outstanding leadership of the General Assembly in the past one year. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has...
  • Antony skips ASEAN meet in Brunei for Food Bill debate August 27, 2013

    New Delhi: In view of the ongoing Parliament session and related political activities, Defence Minister A.K. Antony has decided to pull out of the three-day ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Plus starting in Brunei on Wednesday. The Defence Ministry took the decision in view of the ongoing Parliament session and other...
  • Food Bill is a vote-securing bill, says BJP August 26, 2013

    BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi spoke on the Food Security Bill and said that it will provide adequate food to all. He asked on what basis is 'adequate' being calculated. Do they mean calorie intake, protein intake or productivity? The bill said that it is universal, but it provides...
  • Modi dares PM for a debate in his Independence Day speech August 15, 2013

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi dared Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a debate. Soon after Singh ended his address to the nation, Modi delivered speech attacking the PM and Congress and blamed the dynasty politics for the current situation. ...