Elections

India’s stock market is at an all time high level. The Bombay Stock Exchange crossed 23,000 points yesterday gaining 650 points in a single day. In March itself it gained around 1300 points. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram claims the recent surge in market is due to government’s constant efforts to fix the economy by improving […]

One political party believes that it is alright to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) everywhere, but in multi-brand retail. Another thinks that doling out more entitlements is the only way to ensure social justice and equality of opportunity. Even another party believes that the best way to control corruption amongst bureaucrats and politicians is by […]

Consider some of the following numbers. Number of voters in country for 2014 Lok Sabha elections: 814.5 million (approx.) Number of Lok Sabha constituencies: 543 Approximate number of voters in each constituency: 1.5 million (approx.) Maximum allowed expenditure by each candidate: Rupees 7 million Maximum allowed expenditure by each candidate on each voter in his/her […]

on 21 December 2013

Dear Mr. Kejriwal Please accept my heartiest congratulations on your party’s historic win in the Delhi Assembly Elections against all odds. It is clear to everyone now that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is a force to reckon with and has a mandate that will see them as either a part of next government or as […]

The Constitution of India grants an ‘extraordinary’ power to the President that allows him to pass an ordinance when (a) both Houses of the Parliament are not in session and (b) he is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action. An ordinance has the same force as any […]

on 24 December 2009

Recently the Gujarat government made voting compulsory in all local self government bodies. This contentious move, the first in the country, has led to an extensive debate with many supporters and skeptics battling around the constitutional and democratic nature of such a decision. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president of Centre for Policy Research in his op-ed […]

This comment on a NYT article is inspiring! Thanks to Priyanka I am sharing it with you. It is truly the greatest show on Earth, an ode to a diverse and democratic ethos, where 700 million + of humanity vote, providing their small part in directing their ancient civilization into the future. It is no […]

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Sen rightly criticised SP on their manifesto to ban English in UP. Shouldn’t Professor Sen extend the arguments he used to defend teaching of English to also support school choice for the poor? Just replace English with private schools, you see the logical conclusion that follows: “There is an elite which is much more familiar […]

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on 14 April 2009

Among all parties, the Jago Party offers education reform ideas (see Q 14 and 15 in the FAQs) that are closer to the School Choice Campaign. Well, they actaully go a step further and suggest privatisation of all state schools! They decentralise the education system by abolishing state controls but then they recommend a single […]

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