Democracy

  • UK High Commissioner visits booths to see democracy in action 18-04-2014 08:59 AM

    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...
  • BR Ambedkar's quotes on democracy, untouchability, gender equality 14-04-2014 05:46 PM

    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 07-04-2014 01:09 PM

    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...
  • Democracy replaced by dictatorship of one person in WB: Congress 20-03-2014 07:03 PM

    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...
  • Congress workers vote for Bangalore North Primaries 13-03-2014 04:50 PM

    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...
  • Telangana Bill taken up after blocking out live coverage of Lok Sabha 18-02-2014 03:41 PM

    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 23-01-2014 09:22 AM

    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...
  • India yet to exhibit capacity for renewing democracy: Jairam Ramesh 21-01-2014 10:18 PM

    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...
  • AAP victory has set good example of democracy's strength: Amartya Sen 17-01-2014 01:56 PM

    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...
  • Nehru's criticism based on falsehood, says Sonia 16-11-2013 10:16 PM

    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"....
  • Democracy Debate: First past the post system helps mirror diversity 25-10-2013 12:01 PM

    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 24-10-2013 01:49 PM

    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 21-10-2013 12:02 PM

    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' 01-10-2013 02:39 PM

    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...
  • Dharamsala: Tibet museum celebrates 53rd anniversary of government-in-exile 03-09-2013 10:56 AM

    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...
  • Pakistan: I am leaving presidency as a satisfied man, says Asif Ali Zardari 27-08-2013 11:37 AM

    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...
  • Next year's polls opportunity to elect a stable govt: Pranab Mukherjee 14-08-2013 07:18 PM

    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 07-08-2013 11:26 PM

    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 03-08-2013 05:23 PM

    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...
  • Media is not raising issues related to villages: Hazare 21-07-2013 08:30 AM

    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...
  • Arabs deserve democracy, freedom and better life: Dr Wael Awwad 04-07-2013 04:27 PM

    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...
  • Democracy has more right answers than any system: Khurshid 04-06-2013 04:20 AM

    New Delhi: Describing democracy as the most appropriate form of governance, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said it may not be the "right answer", but it provides "best answer" than any other system can give. "Voice has to be heard, hands have to be waived and the votes...
  • Digvijaya expresses doubt over giving autonomy to CBI 17-05-2013 01:42 AM

    Guna: Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Thursday expressed doubt as to whether giving autonomy to CBI would serve the purpose. "There is a question mark on the issue," he told reporters in Guna. "Giving autonomy to CBI...may be like giving autonomy to a police inspector," Singh said. "Is the...
  • Pak: Polling begins in a historic election as the world watches closely 11-05-2013 07:24 AM

    Islamabad: Despite a bloody campaign marred by Taliban attacks, polling began in Pakistan on Saturday amidst threats of violence, pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister once exiled by the army and an incumbent blamed for power blackouts and inflation. The vote marks the first time in...
  • Compulsory military training against democratic ethos: Antony 07-05-2013 12:03 PM

    New Delhi: Compulsory military training to all youths is against democratic ethos of the country and is highly undesirable as some of the trained men could join the ranks of radical forces, Defence Minister AK Antony told the Lok Sabha on Monday. In a written reply to the House, he...
  • PIL important for providing justice, says President 06-05-2013 05:10 AM

    Kolkata: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday praised public interest litigations (PIL) for helping in delivering justice, but urged the judiciary to "observe self discipline" to "maintain the balance with the executive and legislature". "I would like to compliment the Indian judiciary for one innovation: PIL. A man staying in the...
  • Constitutional institutions being degraded by UPA : Modi 03-05-2013 03:57 AM

    Mumbai: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused the UPA government of "degrading" constitutional institutions and endangering the federal structure of the country. "All our constitutional institutions are being degraded. If we don't give strength to our constitutional institutions, all systems will be finished," Modi said. "A democracy functions...
  • Democracy needs synergy with education: Meira Kumar 26-04-2013 05:08 AM

    New Delhi: There is need for synergy between the democratic process and education, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said on Thursday while noting that democracy has sustained in India despite economic disparities and multiple identities of its people. "There is a need for synergy between democratic process and education. Democracy...