Electoral Politics

Citizenship and Representative Claims: Implications for 2019

Political democracy in India is being viewed and judged primarily in its minimalist/procedural form, encompassing nothing but a multiparty system, regularly held free and fair elections, high level of participation and contestation and peaceful and regular transfer of power on a periodic basis. India has been witness to 16 Lok Sabha elections and over 350 […]

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Electoral Voting Machines (EVM)

EVM or Electronic Voting Machines: Reforming the Elections

Electronic voting machines or EVMs are used to cast a vote without revealing the identity of the voters. They have replaced the traditional paper ballot form of voting for a while and are used in many parts of the world. An EVM is a programmable electronic voting system which is personalised by the addition of […]

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International Agreements on the Environment and India

International Agreements on the Environment and India

A profound fact of environmental protection and conservation is that the impacts of human-induced processes on the environment must be measured and the performance of the processes be assessed, policies be created on this basis and integrated into developmental processes and that the practice and implementation of these policies must be adequate. Most international agreements […]

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Indian elections

What Determines Voting Behaviour in India

There are three schools of thought that dominate analyses of voting behaviour – the sociological school, the psychosocial school and thought based on rational choice theory, which de facto represents the economic school. The sociological model of voting behaviour focuses on the influence of social factors, while the psychosocial model studies the behaviour of voters based on their party affiliations, and […]

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right to privacy

Right to Privacy a Fundamental Right | Supreme Court Rules

In a path breaking decision, the Supreme Court ruled on August 24, 2017 that privacy is a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The verdict was delivered by a nine-Judge bench of the Supreme Court of India led by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar. The Court, providing new dimensions to the privacy […]

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No to ‘Vote on Account’: A Welcome Reform

After  Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister of India, expectations on several fronts, including parliamentary reforms rose. The status quoist attitude of the previous governments influenced people’s thinking and turned Indian bureaucracy lethargic. The change of power happened in 2014 on the promise of change. It took around two years to bring the goods and […]

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