Articles by Tufail Ahmad
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.
Apr 21, 2018
Democracy In India Part 5: Cities are drivers of democratic change, secure rights and liberties of individualsCities are drivers of economic growth and social progress. In democracies, cities engender exponential awareness of democratic rights.
Apr 17, 2018
Democracy In India Part 4: Rule of law routinely trampled upon by politicians in power, who act like 'new kings'In the Indian democracy, politicians in power are the new 'kings' as the principle of rule of law is routinely trampled upon by our rulers.
Apr 13, 2018
Democracy In India Part 3: Caste and politics continue to collide, sometimes violently, in a cyclical struggle for powerWith the Indian democracy emerging as a dominant player, some social and political changes have been seen. But caste and politics continue to collide.
Apr 09, 2018
Democracy In India Part 2: Use of religion by ruling parties overwhelms secular character of Indian StateThe Indian State, guided by the Constitution, does aspire to be secular. But in practice, religion has deeply penetrated its apparatus and democracy.
Apr 05, 2018
Democracy In India Part 1: BJP, Congress prioritise community over individual, use caste and religion to enslave citizensIn this process of interplay between identity and politics, BJP may have learnt from the Congress, which is beginning to re-learn the same: This time from the BJP. Such identity politics will continue for the foreseeable future. In Indian democracy, the individual stands defeated.