Category Archives: Political Parties

Delhi Elections 2015: Criminal Background of Candidates

Delhi Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 673 candidates who are contesting in the 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections. There are 70 political parties fielding candidates in these elections. In the previous elections in 2013 there were 77 political parties that contested and in 2008 there were […]
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NRIs Voting From Abroad: A Step Towards Better Democracy

In a connected world, it is simpler to effect these changes in law to ensure everyone can vote. It does, however, stand to reason that since the sheer numbers of India are in some ways self-defeating, much work also needs to be done even to ensure the name of every eligible voter is actually on the rolls.

The Right to not be offended: A satirical take

Source: 9Gag Consider the following sequence of headlines: Penguin agrees to axe Wendy Doniger’s controversial book The Hindus: An Alternative History. (India Today, February 11, 2014) Mulayam Singh on rape: Boys make mistakes, why hang them? (Hindustan Times, April 11, 2014) Protest held against Aamir’s movie PK (The Indian Express, December 23, 2014) Girls must […]
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Constituency Wise MLAs: Delhi Elections 2013

1 Ram Kishan Singhal ADARSH NAGAR BJP 0 Graduate Rs 15,69,90,539
~ 15 Crore+ Rs 56,00,000
~ 56 Lacs+
2 Ashok Kumar AMBEDKAR NAGAR Aam Aadmi Party 0 10th Pass Rs 13,35,091
~ 13 Lacs+ Rs 3,600
~ 3 Thou+
3 Naresh Gaur BABARPUR BJP 2 Graduate Professional Rs 2,35,45,476
~ 2 Crore+ Rs 0

Ordinances: A necessary Evil ??

Recently Narendra Modi led NDA government brought an ordinance to change Land acquisition and settlement (amendment) act 2013. The Ordinance has been an issues of debate for multiple reasons. One objection raised by opposition parties is that this ordinance is a pro-capitalist one and is against the socialist ideas of forefathers of India Constitution. The […]
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Bharat Ratna : The Highest Award or Political Gimmick

Last week Government of India awarded the highest civilian honour of country, Bharat Ratna, to Late Pt.Madan Mohan Malaviya and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Just like every year, this year too this award has brought many controversies with it.

Narendra Modi: Learning from a mistake of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru

It is often said that an advise is not a substitute for experience. We believe it was said by those who could not comprehend the advise well. Many prime ministers followed Nehru and did not learn from his one commonly known mistake. Many of them made issues like Reservation and Religion their movements through which they intended to mobilize people. These issues, however, ended bloodily because there were people on both sides. Issues like education, health, environment etc can only improve if there is movement for them. There are numerous instances from history which are testimonials for the argument made in this article. Probably it is time to change the saying from “Get your facts right” to “Get your understanding of facts right”.

Manifesto Comparison, General Elections 2014 (9 of 9): Foreign Policy

Current Situation: Desire for multipolar world (power should be diffused across the world). Relations with US have deteriorated over Nuclear Liability Law and Devyani Case. Relations with West have improved and measures like foreign investment allowed West’s money to flow into India. Engagements with emerging countries continued. Russia remained a reliable partner and relations with […]
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Manifesto Comparison, General Elections 2014 (8 of 9): Disadvantaged Groups

Current Situation: SC, STs and Muslims have the worst health and education indicators and lowest paying jobs. Discrimination and caste and religion based violence occurs frequently across the country. The Communal Violence Bill was introduced but had to be withdrawn following opposition. Section 377 of IPC (Indian Penal Code) criminalising consensual gay sex upheld by […]
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Manifesto Comparison, General Elections 2014 (7 of 9): Infrastructure

Current Situation: India has a one trillion infrastructure deficit over the next five years, according to finance minister P. Chidambaram. India is ranked 89th out of 142 countries for its infrastructure in 2011-12. 65% of all freight is transported by road resulting in high traffic. The planning commission has estimated that India needs 180 more […]
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