Know your candidate: 15% Karnataka poll hopefuls face criminal charges

The Karnataka state polls are scheduled for May 12. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Anil Verma With only a few days remaining before the Karnataka state polls scheduled for May 12, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysed the affidavits of about 96% of the candidates. The study revealed some shocking facts about gender disparity, as well as the […]

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The Worst Fears About Electoral Bonds Have Been Confirmed

An investigation by The Quint has revealed that the much-hailed electoral bonds, which were to have ushered in an era of taint-free financing for political parties, carry a secret number “visible on the right top corner of the original document showing fluorescence when examined under Ultra Violet (UV) Light.” The saga of electoral bonds started with the Budget […]

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राजनीतिक दलों का रवैया

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Text: जब से उच्चतम न्यायालय की पांच सदस्यीय पीठ ने संविधान के 99वें संशोधन को असंवैधानिक घोषित करते हुए राष्ट्रीय न्यायिक नियुक्ति आयोग को खारिज किया और कोलेजियम व्यवस्था का पक्ष लिया तब से यह विषय लगातार चर्चा में है। अधिकतर टिप्पणीकारों ने इसे या तो सरकार और न्यायपालिका के बीच का संघर्ष कहा है […]

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Debate on ADR’s PIL to bring Political Parties under RTI

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राष्ट्रीय राजनीतिक दलों को RTI के दायरे में लाने के मामले में सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने केंद्र सरकार, चुनाव आयोग और 6 राष्ट्रीय राजनीतिक दलों को नोटिस देकर 6 हफ्तों में जवाब मांगा है। इन पार्टियों में बीजेपी, कांग्रेस, एनसीपी, बीसपी, सीपीआई और सीपीएम शामिल हैं। एडीआर ने सुप्रीम कोर्ट में याचिका दाखिल की थी। वकील […]

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Sarokaar – NGOs and Government: Intentions & Actions


The government recently revoked the licenses of 4470 NGOs. These NGOs were charged with violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). Many prestigious institutes fall under the ambit of this order including University of Delhi, JNU, Punjab University among others. Last year also, the government revoked the licenses of 8,​975 NGOs and till now […]

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MPs Of The 16th Lok Sabha Took Home An Average Of 20.5 Lakh Rupees In The First 10 Months In Salary & Allowances


The 16th Lok Sabha seems to have done better than the 15th Lok Sabha in various parameters like questions asked, debates participated etc. It also has a better attendance record. The 16th Lok Sabha so far has a 85% attendance record while 43 MPs have a 100% attendance record. On an average, an MP of […]

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If We Can’t Respect The Governor’s Office, Let’s Abolish It

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Subsequent governments have degraded the constitutional position. It’s time we stop the humiliation. Imagine you are holding what you think is a reasonably respectable job. You get a notification from the authorities that: * You will not leave your state without prior permission. * Even “in emergent or extraordinary circumstances” when you have to leave your […]

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