INDIAN DEMOCRACY

LONG MARCH TO DEMOCRACY

PART DONE..PART WORK IN PROGRESS.. INDIAN DEMOCRACY..PART DONE..PART WORK IN PROGRESS RAW CELLPHONE CLIP NEW DELHI RAILWAY STATION – 16.09.2016 WE TALK ABOUT DEMOCRATIZING AIR FARES..BUT WHAT ABOUT THESE LONG QUEUES TO CATCH UNRESERVED, LOWEST CLASS SEATS IN OUR TRAINS FOR A JOURNEY OF 20 OR 40 HOURS? IT IS NOT THAT PEOPLE GO FOR IT AS THIS IS THE ...

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LONG MARCH TO DEMOCRACY

PART DONE..PART WORK IN PROGRESS.. INDIAN DEMOCRACY..PART DONE..PART WORK IN PROGRESS CELLPHONE CLICKS NEW DELHI RAILWAY STATION – 16.09.2016 WE TALK ABOUT DEMOCRATIZING AIR FARES..BUT WHAT ABOUT THESE LONG QUEUES TO CATCH UNRESERVED, LOWEST CLASS SEATS IN OUR TRAINS FOR A JOURNEY OF 20 OR 40 HOURS? IT IS NOT THAT PEOPLE GO FOR IT AS THIS IS THE CHEAPEST ...

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INDIAN DEMOCRACY: A DILEMMA..

REFLECTIONS “Indian democracy.. ..is a dilemma.. ..between being.. ..politically correct v politically relevant.. ..between being.. ..politically apolitical v apolitically political!” INDIAN DEMOCRACY: A DILEMMA.. ©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey

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SOME STRAIGHT THOUGHTS ON ‘SPIRAL OF SILENCE’ IN ACTION IN INDIA

THE QUESTIONS — Is the ‘Spiral of Silence’ coming into its own in India now? — Is the 2004 General Election a beginning point to see the ‘Spiral of Silence’ in action in India? — How is social media shaping the ‘Public Sphere’ discourse in India? — Is India the next big leap for a socially relevant social media after ...

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JNU’S AFZAL GURU EVENT: DEPLORABLE!

It has to be absolutely true and a norm – that a university must serve as the first place to invite voices of dissent – if we have to talk about a healthy democratic society. And in spite of all its flaws, we need to accept that India is such a place. Yes, there is no utopia. Voices are muzzled ...

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‘ENCRYPTION’ U-TURN: CLASSIC CASE OF CLIMBDOWN

It is a classic case of climbdown – classic because it comes immediately after the public backlash on ‘government’s proposed draft on net neutrality’. Classic, because it reaffirms the ‘established by now’ fact that every government in power, irrespective of the political party it belongs to, follows the same tools to attract public’s wrath that it had so vehemently opposed ...

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WHY WE SHOULD CELEBRATE OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY

It is because we can freely raise such questions based on this proposition. It is because we have freedom to express so and ask uncomfortable questions that drag our society back – questions that are still holding us back in a dock of antiquated moratoriums on many issues so vital to us – even after 68 years of getting Independence ...

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LATE NIGHT SUPREME COURT HEARING SHOULD BE SEEN IN THIS CONTEXT

India may mean many things to many but one thing is common – it has a robustly functional democracy – a 2:30 AM hearing on Yakub Memon in the Supreme Court shows it. Yes, Yakub Memon’s case is not going to be a beginning to undo the chasm and malaise that beset Indian democracy. It is not going to address ...

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SOCIETIES: THERE IS NOTHING CALLED ABSOLUTE FREEDOM BUT WE ARE RELATIVELY FREE

The girls – they were raped five times a day or at will of their rapists – just one among other countless and unexplainable atrocities being perpetrated day after day. Some of them could not take it anymore. One of them cut her wrist while in the bathroom. When she didn’t die from it, she slit her throat. The perpetrators ...

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IT IS TRUE 25 JUNE 1975 IS DARKEST DAY OF INDIAN DEMOCRACY BUT..

Yes, it is true June 25, 1975 is the darkest day in the world’s largest democracy, a blot on the free spirit a democracy is meant for. 40 years ago, India was pushed to a dictatorship. Civil liberties were suspended and every dissent in any form was crushed. A widespread mass movement was organized against it and people protested wherever ...

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