Articles by Tufail Ahmad
Aug 09, 2018
Democracy In India Part 15: Merit, not birth gets precedence as aura of elitism recedes from Indian militaryFreed from the control of British officers after Independence, the army wanted to self-Indianise, while people too established a bond with the army.
Jul 16, 2018
Democracy In India Part 14: Marathi literature vibrant but its Muslim writers shying away from challenging religious orthodoxyMaharashtra is an intellectually alive state with a vibrant literary tradition. Therefore, I decided to examine the influence of democracy on Marathi literature and its political impact.
Jun 08, 2018
Democracy in India Part 13: Girls' empowerment begins right inside homes in Pune district's Shirur talukaThe international women's day which began from America in 1909 reached this year directly into the homes of 14 villages in Shirur in a substantive and politically meaningful way.
May 23, 2018
Democracy in India Part 12: Gujarat's Muslims face social exclusion, lead ghettoised lives, but remain positive about futureIf an entire class of voters, in this case the Muslims of Gujarat, stops expecting anything from an elected government, it rings alarm bells for the health of democracy in India
May 14, 2018
Democracy In India Part 11: BJP systematically excluding Muslims, marginalised groups from poll processIn Gujarat — and increasingly outside the state — BJP has been implementing a policy of systematic exclusion of Muslims from the nation's political life.
May 09, 2018
Democracy In India Part 10: Scourge of casteism in slow retreat as more and more youth marry for loveThere are two contrary trends in Indian democracy: While caste remains alive in politics and society, it is also giving way to more democratisation in some regions, most notably in Gujarat.
May 06, 2018
Democracy In India Part 9: Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal's ascent shows Republic is truly becoming 'of people'The election of Narendra Modi as prime minister and Arvind Kejriwal as Delhi chief minister, both voted in by masses, shows that true democracy is taking root in our society.
May 03, 2018
Democracy In India Part 8: Strong democratic process engendering surplus of free speech, empowering communitiesIn Indian democracy, free speech is empowering communities as well as individuals, a fact that can be gleaned from recent Dalit protests or Jat upheaval.
Apr 27, 2018
Democracy In India Part 7: Country's polity vastly unaccountable to citizens despite relative success of democratic processRecent farmer protests show that those making policies do not represent them, or those ruling democracy are far removed from the masses and their issues.
Apr 24, 2018
Democracy In India Part 6: Despite caste and religious divisions, our democratic journey reflects silent revolutionPast 70 years of Indian democracy saw a gradual erosion of caste, spread of women's education, independence of judiciary and EC, among others achievements.