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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Owning up to criminalisation in politics

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The February 2020 order pushes the envelope further on restricting criminal candidates from contesting elections A February 2020 Supreme Court judgment on criminalisation in politics may have far-reaching consequences for Indian democracy. It will first be implemented in the coming Bihar elections in October 2020. The Court has asked the political parties to state “the reasons for […]

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A stain on our democracy

Unless we disqualify criminal candidates from standing for elections, our legislatures will keep getting more and more tainted The Supreme Court this week came down heavily on criminalisation of politics. It asked political parties to explain why they need to give tickets to people with criminal backgrounds. The court also asked them to publicise widely, […]

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How candidates and political parties are using social media for electoral campaigning?

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The idea of social media as a force-multiplier in politics has gained virality in our minds, especially in last four years. According to Datareportal’s Digital 2019: India report, 1 out of total population of 1.361 billion, around 41% i.e. 560 million Indians are active users of internet and total no. of active social media users […]

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