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ECI’s credibility undermined

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2017-10-25 12:22

ThumbnailThe plenary mandate of the ECI requires it to stay vigilant and autonomous. It must also come down heavily on parties and candidates who are turning our democracy into a farce.

According to former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) SY Quraishi, by not declaring the election schedule of Gujarat along with that for Himachal Pradesh, the ECI has created a "ground of suspicion" as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Gujarat on October 16 to address a rally wherein he is likely to shower 'goodies' on the state's voters.

Privatisation Is Not Reform

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2017-07-10 17:49
The decision to privatise Air India comes at a time when the government’s “reform” credentials are being questioned by big business. All information publicly available points to a continuing improvement in the performance of the airlines. Between 2011–12 and 2015–16, the last year for which official financial results are available, the airline showed a steady improvement in terms of its operational profi t/loss as well as its passenger load factor. The corporate business press is lauding the government’s privatisation decision, hailing it as the resumption of “reforms” which has come to mean more disinvestment and privatisation. It is hard to understand how mismanaging public assets and then selling them is “reform.”

Kashmir: Will the path followed by the government lead to peace and justice?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 2017-05-04 16:57

A few days ago, the terrifying video clip of a youth tied to the front of an army jeep once again brought to fore the path being followed by the government in Kashmir. Only barbaric armies totally alienated from the people can stoop to using hapless humans as shields – that too when they are armed to the teeth and their adversaries are supposedly citizens of their own country. There have been protests from all quarters about this barbarity and utterly inhuman treatment.

Delhi High Court refuses to stay State Election Commission’s decision of not allotting common symbol to Swaraj India

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2017-04-11 11:41

On Monday, 3rd April 2017, the Delhi High Court refused to stay the decision of the Delhi State poll panels’ decision of not allotting a common symbol to all candidates of Swaraj India, a relatively newly formed political party which wants to contest the upcoming Municipal Elections in Delhi.

It is about integrity of the electoral process

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2017-03-31 13:48

Amidst  severe doubts expressed by leaders of political parties who  lost the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab (BahujanSamaj Party and the AamAadmi Party) about the possible rigging of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Election Commission of India (ECI) has emphatically supported the machines. It has dismissed the allegations as speculative and wild.The poll panel also asserted that it had not received specific complaints or concrete material from political parties and candidates about alleged tampering of EVMs during the recent elections. 

Citizenship Amendment Bill – why are Muslims excluded?

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2017-03-31 13:19

The Citizenship Amendment Bill which may be tabled in the Monsoon Session of Parliament seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955. It seeks to relax the requirements for Indian citizenship for migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who are Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians.

Demonetization is a foolish step… The poor will suffer the most: Prof Arun Kumar

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2017-01-24 17:27

Economics professor ARUN KUMAR is one of the most widely quoted authors on black money. He has authored The Black Economy in India (Penguin, 1999) and Indian Economy since Independence: Persisting Colonial Disruption (Vision Books, 2013).

In an interview to India Legal’s Editor-in-Chief, INDERJIT BADHWAR and Associate Editor MEHA MATHUR, Prof Kumar describes how this hasty drive will adversely impact demand, employment and investments. We have reproduced excerpts here with the permission of the author: