There’s Not Much to Celebrate in EC Saying Candidates Have to Declare Criminal Records

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All that the announcement does is to follow exactly what several judgments of the Supreme Court have ordered. The announcement of the schedule for elections for five state assemblies was a much anticipated event. What attracted attention of some observers was the inclusion of requirements for disclosure of criminal antecedents by candidate and political parties […]

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Why Has the EC Brought Back the Dangerous Proposal to Link Voter IDs With Aadhaar?

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Despite the ECI’s enquiries and reassurances, there is a fairly widespread impression that the attempted linking of electoral roll data with Aadhaar may have resulted in the disenfranchisement of legitimate voters. After a gap of six years, the dubious linkage between voters IDs with Aadhaar numbers is back in the news. It was reported on […]

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बहुत जरूरी हैं चुनाव सुधार

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हाल ही में हैदराबाद की एक विशेष अदालत ने तेलंगाना राष्ट्र समिति की सांसद कविता मलोथ को छह महीने कारावास की सजा सुनायी है. कविता ने 2019 लोकसभा चुनाव में अपने पक्ष में मतदान के लिए लोगों को पैसे बांटे थे. चुनाव के दौरान मतदाताओं को पैसे बांटने के लिए किसी पदस्थ सांसद को अपराधी […]

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‘EC needs to do course correction’

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PROF JAGDEEP S CHHOKAR is one of the founding members of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) — one of the leading voluntary organisations dedicated to strengthening democracy and improving governance in the country. He has worked for electoral reforms through the judicial system by filing Public Interest Litigations in the higher judiciary to get […]

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करप्शन का बैरोमीटर:भ्रष्टाचार में हम एशिया में नंबर वन! कैसे मिलेगी इस बीमारी से मुक्ति?

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ट्रांसपेरेंसी इंटरनेशनल की ताजा रिपोर्ट “ग्लोबल करप्शन बैरोमीटर फॉर एशिया’ के अनुसार भ्रष्टाचार के मामले में भारत अब एशिया में शीर्ष पर है। इस रिपोर्ट के अनुसार करीब 50 फीसदी लोगों को अपना काम निकलवाने के लिए रिश्वत देनी पड़ी। इनमें से 63 फीसदी ने इस डर से काई शिकायत भी नहीं की कि इससे […]

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The charade of limits on election expenditure by candidates

The Election Commission recently mooted connecting electoral expense limits to population and inflation; but will that create a level playing field between rich and poor candidates? “Indian politicians start their legislative careers with a lie — the false spending returns they submit? – Atal Bihari Vajpayee” Achchhe din (Good days) are here for at least one category of persons in India: […]

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क्या आय के स्रोतों के खुलासे से राजनीति में आ पाएगी शुचिता ?

चुनाव प्रक्रिया में सुधार एवं राजनीति में शुचिता के लिए उच्चतम न्यायालय ने पिछले दिनों एक ऐतिहासिक व अहम फैंसला सुनाया था। न्यायालय ने याचिकाकर्ता की याचिका पर सुनवाई करते हुए कहा कि सांसद एवं विधायकों की संपत्ति इतनी कैसे बढ़ जाती है ? यह जनता को जानने का अधिकार है। फैंसले के मुताबिक उम्मीदवारों […]

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Decriminalization Of Politics: Are Supreme Court’s Directions Sufficient To Counter Increasing Criminality In Indian Politics?

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The recent judgments of the Supreme Court on ‘curbing criminalization in politics’ has left this nation both, abandoned and disappointed. Where one cannot disregard the fact that Indian judicial system in the past had tried to resuscitate free and fair elections through various judicial pronouncements, this time Apex Court has sadly missed out on some […]

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