Umar Khalid’s arrest in connection with February 2020 Delhi riots can be seen as cognitive incarceration of Muslim youth
The recent arrest of Umar Khalid is being seen as one of the most outrageous steps in a series of sustained attacks on the flag bearers of a certain cause.
'Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority': Top quotes for International Day of Democracy 2020
From Gandhi to Lincoln to Camus, prominent personalities over the ages have extolled on the virtues of democracy while attempting to define it
At the foundation stone laying ceremony of the new Chhattisgarh Assembly building, the Congress chief alleged that 'anti-national and anti-poor forces' were spreading 'hatred and venom of violence' in the country
As with parliamentary proceedings, access, accountability and open legislatures can help revive public confidence
While the Parliament is often the cynosure of all eyes, state legislatures, unfortunately, seem to gain attention only when a particular state government’s survival is in question
SC holds Prashant Bhushan in contempt: How can 2 tweets shake foundations of law and imperil Indian democracy?
If the Supreme Court is convinced that what Prashant Bhushan has said is false, then surely it is up to the court to show that it is so. If, however, what Bhushan has said is true, then the damage to the institution wrought by the actions of the past four CJIs is greater than two tweets talking about it could ever be
Several youth-led demonstrations have sprung up across Thailand since last week, when thousands of activists defied a coronavirus ban on gatherings and staged one of the largest street rallies since a 2014 military coup
Just half of the 70 seats in the Hong Kong legislature represent geographical districts that are directly elected by voters. The other half are so-called functional constituencies, most chosen by corporate voting and more likely to go to establishment candidates
Constructive opposition and inquiry are never more vital in a democracy like India than during times of crisis such as COVID-19
Often, dispensations perpetuate the convenient myth that the opposition plays the spoiler (or is even ‘anti-national’), but there cannot be a more important time, role or patriotic thing to do, other than question and oppose constructively, in a crisis | Lt Gen Bhopinder Singh writes
Madhya Pradesh crisis another reminder that India's anti-defection law is rife with problems, needs serious rethink
Critics say that the anti-defection law strips the MPs and MLAs of their independent moral compass or decision making powers as they are forced to toe the party line.
Shaheen Bagh is a movement for democracy and peace, the protesters shun extremist ideology, writes AMU professor Syed Raza
In terming the protest taking place at Shaheen Bagh as a response to the "intransigent arrogance of the state" as "counterproductive", we are not just trivialising the democratic impulse of India but also in reality allowing the flawed understanding of democracy to gain ground
The idea of a Muslim vote bank and demographic takeover: How data shows up this narrative as contemporary mythology
There are a few myths about the Muslim population in India that have assisted in the growth of the politics around this community. One has to do with the rapid growth in Muslim population, debunked both globally and in India. The other is the ‘Muslim vote bank’, and the accompanying narrative that the current turn towards Hindutva is a reaction to decades of ‘minority appeasement’. But it is necessary to consider the data in order to properly examine these formulations.
Delhi elections: Liberals are hailing AAP's triumph, but Indian democracy's foundations have already crumbled
What passes for democracy in India is a colourless simulacrum of the thing itself: an argument over the possession of a power that has been gutted of all pretence that there ought to be some kind of equality amongst all those who participate in it.
Understanding the Preamble: IIT-B professor Amit Singh deconstructs the phrase 'We, the people of India'
IIT-B professor Amit Singh analyses how the phrase "We, the People of India" entered the Preamble in part 6 of IIT Bombay for Justice's #PreambleLectures series. Watch it here:
Paulomi Chakraborty, associate professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences — IIT-B, presents a nuanced exploration of equality in part 5 of IIT Bombay for Justice's #PreambleLectures series. Watch it here:
Elections are cooperative ventures and the rationality of participating in them depends on more than an individual-level cost-benefit analysis of the effort involved in each pull of a voting-machine lever or crossing of a ballot paper. An individual’s true interest in voting is inextricably intertwined with the interests of the polity as a whole.
IIT-B students Pramod Mandade and Samarth Bhagwat discuss secularism in part 4 of IIT Bombay for Justice's #PreambleLectures series. Watch it here:
Understanding the Preamble: Tuli Bakshi, Sharib Ali on the idea of justice as enshrined in the Constitution
Tuli Bakshi (postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Earth Sciences — IIT Bombay) and Sharib A Ali (director — Human Rights Programme, Quill Foundation) discuss the idea of justice in part 3 of IIT Bombay for Justice's #PreambleLectures series. Watch it here:
Anupam Guha, assistant professor, Centre for Policy Studies — IIT-B, explains socialism, in part 2 of IIT Bombay for Justice's #PreambleLectures series. Watch it here:
Anush Kapadia, assistant professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences — IIT Bombay, speaks on the concept of 'sovereignty', in part 1 of IIT Bombay for Justice's #PreambleLectures series. Watch it here:
Billionaire investor George Soros, known for his outspoken liberal views, condemns the rise of nationalist dictators, says survival of open societies is endangered as the world faces an even greater crisis: climate change