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Citizens’ Commission on Elections’ Report on EVMs and VVPAT

The Citizens’ Commission on Elections was set up in March 2020 to critically analyse India’s electoral processes in accordance with democratic principles. Based on the first volume of the commission’s report, an analysis of the Electronic Voting Machine and the Voter verified Paper Audit Trail...

Narratives of Natural Resource Corruption and Environmental Regulatory Reforms in India

The shifting discourses on the purposes, objectives, and forms of India’s environment regulations are discussed within the broader domestic, political, and economic contexts. The environmental law reforms are being designed to legalise and protect financial investments in projects, irrespective of their environmental performance, and to monetise their impacts and damages.

The Geopolitics of the Democracy Summit

Strategic projection of democratic credentials appears to be driven by the urge to reassert US hegemonic interests.

The Ordinance Raj

The frequent promulgation of ordinances is detrimental for a constitutional democracy.

Lessons in Democracy

The government’s retreat on farm laws cannot be seen in isolation from the farmers’ commitment to democracy.

Democracy by Courtesy?

The constitutional provisions for fundamental rights and basic freedom that can be exercised within the democratic sphere, by logic, rule out political practice that is based on a moral element such as courtesy. Courtesy acquires salience in acquiescence that is shaped by an asymmetrical power...

Professionalising Election Campaigns

The 2014 and 2019 general elections in India were referred to as “WhatsApp elections,” which had IT cells, bots, and political consultants strategically using data mining tools to build resonant narratives to tell voters what they wanted to hear. By the 2014 national election, the industry was reported to be worth $40–$47 million. Between 2014 and 2018, industry specialists approximated that the number of firms in this market had at least doubled. These unprecedented tools of technological campaigning come with new forms of identifying, targeting, and defining issues of political importance. This article suggests that such developments are turning electoral politics into a thriving business being data-driven, technologically oriented, and having far-reaching implications for democratic processes.

The Spectacle as a Distraction

The euphoria around the COVID -19 vaccination milestones conceals misdirected priorities and incomplete goals.

Making Data Count

The Uncounted by Alex Cobham, Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2020; pp 227, price not mentioned.

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