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Performance of Women in Parliament

The performance of women legislators is analysed by looking at the nature of questions posed by them over a span of 20 years (1999–2019) in the lower house of the Indian Parliament. The analysis, however, is a contestation of claims that suggest women act as silent members, and if at all they speak...

Democratise Radio News in India

News and current affairs programmes on radio are vital for the future of any democracy. However, India could be the only democracy in the world where the government still controls news on private radio channels. The government’s control over the program content on radio is a major obstacle to achieving an independent media ecosystem. Similarly, the lack of information-related programme content on these platforms could make private FM radio an outdated medium in the years to come. This paper attempts to understand the importance of democratising radio news in India. Further, it also offers an understanding of the discussions on radio news in India and the need for news and current affairs programmes on private FM radio.

Violence qua Intentional Harm

The Violence in Our Bones: Mapping the Deadly Fault Lines within Indian Society by Neera Chandhoke, New Delhi: Aleph, 2021; pp 288, ` 699.

Solidarity beyond Patronage

Civility in Crisis: Democracy, Equality and the Majoritarian Challenge in India edited by Suryakant Waghmore and Hugo Gorringe, New Delhi: Routledge, 2021; pp 190, $48.95.

Politics of Disinformation

Even while proposing a statutory regulator for social media platforms under parliamentary oversight and structural reforms in platform design and treatment, one must not lose sight of the essentially political character of the disinformation problem that cannot be resolved through regulation and technological fixes alone.

Uttar Pradesh Elections

The people’s mandate in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party has consolidated the aggressive, masculine, and religious majoritarianism of the “new India” cherished by the Sangh Parivar. This further squeezed the little public space available for the marginalised sections of the society, especially Muslims. The formation of a group of compromised citizens who are ready to give up their social and political rights for the right to live is burgeoning in the state.

Precipitous Fall in Press Freedom

The fall is not only about silencing the press but also due to the amplification of governmental propaganda.

Bulldozing the Idea of Democracy

The state apparatus’ inaction in dealing with communal violence will have dire consequences.

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