democracy

‘Tharoor is not elitist, has middle-class background; he’s not in the race to lose’
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Ashraf Engineer October 10, 2022 Shashi Tharoor’s campaign to be Congress president has earned him affection, support and opposition in equal measure. What sets him apart? Is he too elitist, as some people believe, or is he the answer the...
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World’s largest democracy is among the worst for journalists
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Ashraf Engineer August 20, 2022 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. On Independence Day, a little girl stood on her school stage and said: “I am Mehnaz Kappan. Daughter of journalist Siddique Kappan,...
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‘We are witnessing the decay of the Indian judiciary in real time’
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Ashraf Engineer August 15, 2022 The steady decline of democracy, institutions and freedoms in India over the past eight years has been a matter of great concern to Indians and governments across the world. Interestingly, many of the trends witnessed...
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Twitter case verdict will indicate future of free speech in India
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Ashraf Engineer July 30, 2022 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. Twitter has sued the Indian government This is an escalation of its battle with the Narendra Modi government as the latter tries...
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Scrap the useless Anti-Defection Law, overhaul electoral process
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Tushar Gandhi July 12, 2022 Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram, the phrase that came to be identified with political defections, or as it is more appropriately expressed in Hindi, Dal badlu, originated from a real-life incident. A Congress MLA in Haryana,...
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Audio podcast: ‘Key laws affecting citizens’ lives were passed without consulting them’
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Ashraf Engineer May 18, 2022 The Pre-Legislative Consultation Policy says the government should place a draft version of any law it makes before the people for their inputs. This is important for a truly participative democracy. However, at last count,...
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Audio podcast: State polls a bellwether for our democracy, semi-final for 2024
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Ashraf Engineer February 19, 2022 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. 2022 is a key electoral year for India. Five states go to the polls, and there is the Presidential election too. There is no...
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Audio podcast: Why are right wingers so afraid of stand-up comedians?
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By Ashraf Engineer December 4, 2021 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. What is it about comedy and stand-up comedians that gets the Sangh Parivar and right-wingers so wound up? Recently, several shows...
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Audio podcast: What farmers taught us about democracy and inclusiveness
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Ashraf Engineer November 27, 2021 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. Over the past seven years, as the juggernaut of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party has rolled on, democracy...
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Gandhi at Independence – Part 2: ‘From today, you have to wear the crown of thorns’
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This is the conclusion of a two-part series on how Gandhi spent the days leading up to Independence and just after. Tushar A Gandhi August 15, 2021 Delhi was lit up and preparations to usher in India’s freedom were in...
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