It has become an article of faith with Prime Minister Narendra Modi that elections must be held concurrently to the Lok Sabha and the State assemblies – ostensibly to achieve the twin-objectives of minimising the expenses involved and eliminating the disruption caused to governance an development goals by frequent elections. The idea of a single common election originated in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s 2014 election manifesto and ha since been taken up vigorously on multiple forums, among them the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and (...)
Aruna Roy says legislation is being subverted ‘by using rules’ Aruna Roy, a former member of the National Advisory Council, said on Monday that she was worried about the continued political assault on the Right to Information Act. Ms. Roy, one of the leaders of the Right to Information movement, wa speaking at a public discussion on Information as Empowerment. She discussed her book The RTI Story: Power to the People with Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former Governor of West Bengal, at an event organised at the Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium by The Hindu Centre. Ms. Roy said she was not unduly(...)
When Sonia Gandhi was Congress President, her political secretary, Ahmed Patel, was often referred to as the "second-most important person in the party". A quintessential backroom politician, Mr. Patel rose through the ranks in the Congress. He started with village- and taluka-level politics in Gujarat, came to Delhi for the first time in 1977, and was elected as a Lok Sabha MP in the first election post-Emergency. Thereafter, he worked with Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, and Sonia Gandhi in different capacities in the Congress. Excerpts from an interview by...
Jairam Ramesh, MP, former Union Minister and Senior Visiting Fellow, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, delivered the Seventh Sharada Prasad Memorial Lecture in New Delhi on April 15, 2018. The full text of the lecture, 'Wise Counsel: Reflections of the Planning Era" can be accessed here.
In a politically sensitive pre-election Union Budget the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has lost possibly its last opportunity to deliver immediate relief to the debt-ritten Indian farmer. Gargi Parsai, senior journalist, explains the policy gaps that leave the Indian farmer in despair, and highlights the political importance of attressing rural distress.
The 12 month since the demise of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, on December 5, 2016, have been filled with political action in Tamil Nadu: leadership squabbles within the ruling All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), raids by the Income Tax department, splits in the party and a partial rapprochement, a high-profile court verdict, and considerable amount of trading of blames among the factions. The cumulative effect of these has been the AIADMK’s dilution of its late leader’ strongly held positions on several issues relating to the rights of Tamil Nadu.
The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy presents a Photo Essay on the year after Jayalalithaa.
The Mitanin and Sahiyya community health worker programmes of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand were initiated by civil society and state actors in the early 2000s. Employing mainly women, they were precursors to the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) programme, launched across rural India in 2005.
The full text of the annual Economic Survey 2017-18, in two volumes, can be accessed here
Incarnations - a BBC Radio 4 series by Prof. Sunil Khilnani - which examines the lives and afterlives of 50 incredible Indian people and embarks on whirlwind journey from ancient India to the 21st century.
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Allying with regional parties and conceding more space to them is the only way forward for the Congress
ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS: KARNATAKA
Caste, money and muscle power. These factors play a majo role in the choice of candidates by the three main political parties in arguably the most tightly fought elections in Karnataka in recent history.
A recent court directive advances the rights of single women