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Media Rights During Polling Day in India
Media Rights During Polling Day in India

Media houses and journalists contribute towards the participation of voters in democratic debate, particularly by guaranteeing that issues of public interest come to the fore. As guardians of democracy, journalists play a key role in guaranteeing the legitimacy and therefore the acceptance of election results, particularly in countries witnessing a transition to democracy or rising from political crisis. To carry out their task, journalists must have rights. They even have responsibilities. The right to provide information, without being pressured or threatened, brings with it the duty to provide voters with factually correct information. This is complex work, [...]Read more

Criteria for Disqualification of MLAs in India
Criteria for Disqualification of MLAs in India

The criteria for disqualifications from membership of a state legislature are mentioned in the Article 191 of the Constitution of India. This Article is similar to the disqualification laid down in the Article 102 relating to the membership of both the houses of Parliament. The Constitution makes it abundantly clear that the Parliament has to make one law for a person to be disqualified for being elected and for being a Member of either House of Parliament or Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council of any state. Under Articles 102(1)(e) and 191(1)(e) of the Constitution of India, the [...]Read more

Assembly Elections and Government Formation
Assembly Elections and Government Formation

It’s not just the rise of regional parties that has accentuated the importance of Assembly elections. The rise of regional aspirations and a divide between national and regional goals have long started to decide the fate of a political entity. While Lok Sabha elections give us the macro-level view of where each party stands, the Assembly elections provide us a micro-level understanding of which political parties are garnering maximum support. Assembly Elections: A decisive factor for Lok Sabha Elections From national parties such as Congress and BJP to single-state and multi-state parties, Assembly elections keep every political [...]Read more

Political Parties in India and their Ideologies
Political Parties in India and their Ideologies

The only factor that explains the mushrooming growth of political parties in India is the difference in ideology. While some of them are pro-liberalisation, some are anti-capitalism. The ideological differences also exist in the social sphere with some political factions swearing by Hindu nationalism and the rest seem quite content with progressive westernisation. It is this multiplicity of ideologies and their practitioners that make Indian politics a difficult yet an interesting case study. Communist Parties in India The communist parties are known for their ‘anti-business’ ideology. Perennially a proponent of subsidies, minority appeasement and preservation of human [...]Read more

Books on Indian Politics
Books on Indian Politics

Indian politics is one stimulating subject that has motivated authors to delve deep into the past, chronicle the events of yesterday and pen down the revelations based on years of research. Be it the pre-independence era or the post-colonial politics, some exceptionally well-documented and insightful books have created an enduring place in the readers’ heart. Books on Post-Independent Indian Politics Tumult, frequent change of leadership and political pandemonium pretty much sum up the first few decades of Indian independence. There are a handful of books that aptly captured the mood and the discourse of the period. “Jinnah: [...]Read more

Love Jihad : Truth or Propaganda
Love Jihad

Traditionally, the Indian society has not been very tolerant towards inter-caste or inter-religious marriage. While some sections have shown tacit resistance, others have gone to the extent of justifying ‘honour killing.’ Of late, a new term ‘Love Jihad’ has disturbed the social harmony. An alleged activity wherein Muslim youth feign love and use emotional appeals to entice non-Muslim girls into conversion. ‘Love Jihad’ is sought to be projected as an Islamist conspiracy to expand the community. History & Development of Love Jihad The allegation of ‘Love Jihad’ first surfaced in September 2009 when incidents of forceful conversion [...]Read more

Hate Speech Laws in India
laws prohibiting hate speech

The right to freedom of expression doesn’t include the freedom to insult someone or disrespect a community on the basis of caste, religion, race, place of birth, and language. The Indian Constitution forbids anyone from making hate speeches that disturb the harmonious co-existence. In recent times, political discourse has created much discord among the electorates. Anti-hate speech laws have long been established to tackle these aberrations. Definition of Hate Speech The Law Commission of India is now working towards its immediate goal – suggest laws to tackle hate speeches and decide whether the Election Commission can be [...]Read more

Role of Political Parties in India before and after Independence
Role of Political Parties before and after partition

Contemporary Indian political history is categorised into pre-independence and post-independence era. There is a stark contrast in the way politics used to be played out during the freedom movement days and the shape it has taken after independence. In all these years, India polity has seen a drastic change. Role of National Political Parties Before Independence It’s fair to say that Indian National Congress dominated the political landscape of India during the pre-independence era. Ever since it was formed in 1885, the party dedicated itself towards strengthening the nationalist movement against the British rule. It set the [...]Read more

Politics of India since Independence
Politics of India since Independence

Politics of post-independence India is replete with turbulence as well as accomplishments. 67 years since the country formed its own government, much has been done and undone for us to reflect upon. From the rise of leaders and demagogues to the growth of political parties and national consciousness, Indian politics has seen it all. It has been a journey through change and crisis, all focussed on creating a unified nation and a vibrant economy. Politics of India till 1960s India had too many troubles on its plate immediately, after getting freedom from foreign rule. The communal violence [...]Read more

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