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Local elections in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are a significant moment in the political evolution of the new Union Territory.(WASEEM ANDRABI/HTPHOTO)

In Kashmir, the return of democracy

UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 07:59 PM IST
Local polls are a good first step. Focus on deepening trust between J&K and Delhi
Union minister Anurag Thakur.(Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)
Union minister Anurag Thakur.(Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)

BJP believes in politics of ballot to strengthen democracy in J&K, says Anurag Thakur

Jammu | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2020 07:28 PM IST
The PAGD was formed by seven mainstream parties including the National Conference and the PDP to press for the restoration of the pre-August 5, 2019, position to Jammu and Kashmir.
Former first lady Michelle Obama.(Reuters)
Former first lady Michelle Obama.(Reuters)

‘Democracy is so much bigger than anybody’s ego’: Michelle Obama calls for smooth transition of power

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 08:31 AM IST
Recalling the transition process, Michelle Obama wrote: “My husband and I instructed our staffs to do what George and Laura Bush had done for us: run a respectful, seamless transition of power—one of the hallmarks of American democracy.”
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers hold a banner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's picture to celebrate their party's lead in the Bihar Assembly polls, at BJP HQ in New Delhi.(PTI)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers hold a banner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's picture to celebrate their party's lead in the Bihar Assembly polls, at BJP HQ in New Delhi.(PTI)

PM Modi: Bihar taught the world first lesson of democracy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 02:31 AM IST
PM Modi’s tweets came minutes after Union home minister Amit Shah declared victory in Bihar for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
(AP File)
(AP File)

Dalai Lama greets Joe Biden, says admirer of the US as anchor of liberty, democracy

Hindustan Times/Dharamshala | By HT Correspondent, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 12:02 AM IST
He wished the American President elect every success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead
An electoral official marks a voter's finger with ink after casting her ballot during the last phase of Bihar state assembly elections at a polling station in Thakurganj, November 7, 2020(AFP)
An electoral official marks a voter's finger with ink after casting her ballot during the last phase of Bihar state assembly elections at a polling station in Thakurganj, November 7, 2020(AFP)

The degeneration of electoral democracy

By Mark Tully
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 07:32 PM IST
Elections in both india and the united states have become focused on political personalities, not policies or parties
PM Modi addressing a rally in Bihar’s Forbesganj(Screengrab)
PM Modi addressing a rally in Bihar’s Forbesganj(Screengrab)

‘People of Bihar are devoted to democracy, high turnout despite Covid-19’: PM Modi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 12:29 PM IST
People of Bihar have shown the world the power and importance of democracy even during the times of coronavirus, PM Modi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters in Bihar to follow Covid-19 guidelines while voting(ANI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters in Bihar to follow Covid-19 guidelines while voting(ANI photo)

Follow Covid-19 guidelines and participate in festival of democracy, PM Modi urges Bihar voters

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 09:42 AM IST
Polling for 71 constituencies in Bihar is underway. Second and third phase of election will take place on November 3 and November 7 respectively.
Protesters march towards the Government House during an anti-government protest as they march in Bangkok.(Reuters Photo)
Protesters march towards the Government House during an anti-government protest as they march in Bangkok.(Reuters Photo)

Thai protesters continue rallies, ask court to revoke order

Bangkok | By Associated Press | Posted by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 05:50 PM IST
Protesters gathered Wednesday for an eighth straight day, even though many of their top leaders have been detained and the state of emergency bans public gatherings of more than four people.
Young pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes while listening to the national anthem in Bangkok, Thailand.(AP)
Young pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes while listening to the national anthem in Bangkok, Thailand.(AP)

Global youth losing faith in democracy: Cambridge study

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 10:58 PM IST
The study from the Centre for the Future of Democracy released on Tuesday is based on data of nearly 5 million respondents in over 160 countries – except India and Turkey – between 1973 and 2020.
The study suggested that the populist challenge to mainstream, “establishment” politics could actually help improve democratic engagement by shocking moderate parties and leaders into reversing the decay.(AP)
The study suggested that the populist challenge to mainstream, “establishment” politics could actually help improve democratic engagement by shocking moderate parties and leaders into reversing the decay.(AP)

Cambridge study shows Millennials’ dissatisfied with democracy

London | By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 07:32 AM IST
The main reason behind the disillusion with democracy among young people was inequality of wealth and income citing figures showing that Millennials make up around a quarter of the US population but hold just 3% of the wealth.
On the issue of human rights, Amnesty’s standing is far higher than that of the Government of India(PTI)
On the issue of human rights, Amnesty’s standing is far higher than that of the Government of India(PTI)

Amnesty’s exit erodes Indian democracy

PUBLISHED ON OCT 10, 2020 05:26 PM IST
Amnesty’s departure would mean a voice that reminds us how frequently we fall short of our values will be silenced. It was often an irritating voice, but always a necessary one.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal in Gurdaspur. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) quits National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the farm bills issue.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal in Gurdaspur. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) quits National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the farm bills issue.(PTI)

‘Dark day for democracy, farmers’: SAD’s Sukhbir Singh Badal after President’s nod to farm bills

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 07:33 PM IST
The SAD had on Saturday snapped ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre to protest the bills.
Taapsee Pannu champions dialogues for saving democracy.
Taapsee Pannu champions dialogues for saving democracy.

Taapsee Pannu says asking questions for betterment of your country ‘not anti-national’, encourages dialogues to save democracy. Watch

UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 12:14 PM IST
Taapsee Pannu emphasised on the role of dialogue in saving democracy, stressing how India has strayed from its own path of equality and ‘vasudhaiv kutumbkam’ (Entire world is a family).
Congress party leaders and workers protest against the BJP government at  Panchkula.(Sant Arora/HT)
Congress party leaders and workers protest against the BJP government at  Panchkula.(Sant Arora/HT)

Cong members protest against ‘murder of democracy’ by BJP, forget social distancing

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Tanbir Dhaliwal, Panchkula
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 08:53 PM IST
MLAs and local leaders who attended the protest in an open ground in Panchkula’s Sector 5 sat in tents close to each other holding placards. Many of them did not wear face masks
The clashes between the Masalit and other Arab tribes in the area started earlier Saturday and lasted until late Sunday, state-run SUNA news agency reported, citing unnamed sources.(REUTERS)
The clashes between the Masalit and other Arab tribes in the area started earlier Saturday and lasted until late Sunday, state-run SUNA news agency reported, citing unnamed sources.(REUTERS)

Over 60 killed in renewed violence in Sudan’s Darfur: UN

Cairo | By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 05:45 AM IST
The clashes threaten to derail a fragile transition to democracy more than a year after the military’s ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched #SpeakUpForDemocracy campaign on Twitter on Sunday.(PTI File Photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched #SpeakUpForDemocracy campaign on Twitter on Sunday.(PTI File Photo)

Rahul Gandhi asks people to ‘protect democracy’, launches digital campaign

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 11:40 AM IST
The video posted by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has a voiceover in which the Congress party accuses the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) of “ripping up constitution”, “demolishing democracy” and “murdering democracy in Rajasthan”.
A demonstrator holds a mobile phone as he faces police officers near Black Lives Matter Plaza as racial inequality protests continue, Washington, June 23, 2020(REUTERS)
A demonstrator holds a mobile phone as he faces police officers near Black Lives Matter Plaza as racial inequality protests continue, Washington, June 23, 2020(REUTERS)

Black Lives Matter: Protest movements of marginalised groups highlight the gap in the principles and actual practice of democracy

By Amit Ahuja
PUBLISHED ON JUN 30, 2020 10:47 AM IST
Through protests, the black community holds its representatives, the democratic process, and society accountable. Slowly, then, these protest movements also nudge society towards social change.
Congress leader Milind Deora has in the recent past taken a different line from the Congress, triggering speculation that he might soon jump the ship.(HT PHOTO.)
Congress leader Milind Deora has in the recent past taken a different line from the Congress, triggering speculation that he might soon jump the ship.(HT PHOTO.)

Congress’ Milind Deora tweets another surprise. It is on Emergency

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 04:15 PM IST
In April this year, Milind Deora publicly disagreed with former party president Rahul Gandhi on the demand for passing on the benefits of the unprecedented fall in prices of international crude oil to consumers.
Paul Wallace, died on February 22, 2020, at the age of 89.(HT PHOTO)
Paul Wallace, died on February 22, 2020, at the age of 89.(HT PHOTO)

Paul Wallace: An Indophile who shaped scholarship on democracy

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Prof Pramod Kumar
UPDATED ON FEB 29, 2020 01:14 AM IST
Wallace visited India as a Fulbright fellow in the early sixties and was invited to work from the department of political science, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu addressing a lecture at Aryabhatta auditorium of Ranchi university in Ranchi on Sunday.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu addressing a lecture at Aryabhatta auditorium of Ranchi university in Ranchi on Sunday.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Dissent welcome in democracy, but not disintegration of country: V-P Naidu

Ranchi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2020 04:25 AM IST
Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu said unrest and disturbances hamper progress.
Demonstrators salute and wave an Indian flag during Republic Day celebrations at the site of a protest against a new citizenship law in Ahmedabad, India.(Photo: Reuters)
Demonstrators salute and wave an Indian flag during Republic Day celebrations at the site of a protest against a new citizenship law in Ahmedabad, India.(Photo: Reuters)

More sore with democracy, but India a bright spot: Cambridge study

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2020 11:32 PM IST
“Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India…each have a long experience with electoral institutions... Satisfaction with democracy is also comparatively high across the region today,” the report by University of Cambridge points out.
An anti-CAA and NRC protest, Lucknow, January 20, 2020(PTI)
An anti-CAA and NRC protest, Lucknow, January 20, 2020(PTI)

India needs to restore its image as a pluralist democracy

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2020 07:23 PM IST
It cannot play up foreign points of view when favourable (remember it invited MEPs to Kashmir), and dismiss them as irrelevant when unfavourable. India needs to restore its image as a healthy democracy, committed to pluralism. Fix the product, and the messaging.
The abrogation of Article 370 is criticised but little concern is shown for iniquities that sheltered under the benign term, for example, the ethnic cleansing of Pandits, discrimination against Dalits, corruption, and the blight of dynastism(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The abrogation of Article 370 is criticised but little concern is shown for iniquities that sheltered under the benign term, for example, the ethnic cleansing of Pandits, discrimination against Dalits, corruption, and the blight of dynastism(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

The US Left and Indian democracy | Analysis

By Rahul Sagar
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2020 06:29 AM IST
Its charge of majoritarianism does not take into account legitimate democratic processes
Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy(PTI File)
Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy(PTI File)

‘Those not wanting divisive democracy should go to North Korea’: Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy

Shillong | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 06:06 AM IST
Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy’s tweet came hours before protesters reached the entrance of the Raj Bhavan, tried to breach security following which they were lathi-charged and tear-gassed leaving several of them seriously injured.
Urging the bureaucracy and the judiciary to fulfill their responsibilities, Venkaiah Naidu said both institutions should follow due processes for delivery of justice.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Urging the bureaucracy and the judiciary to fulfill their responsibilities, Venkaiah Naidu said both institutions should follow due processes for delivery of justice.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Venkaiah Naidu for objective criticism, says dissent key to democracy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 06:59 AM IST
Speaking at the Lokmat Parliamentary Award, a ceremony to present awards to parliamentarians for their work, Naidu said India has chosen the parliamentary system as the essential framework for its governance and has for the past 70 years nurtured the system.
State-controlled media in mainland China have downplayed the victory of the pro-democracy camp in Hong Kong’s district election.(Bloomberg image)
State-controlled media in mainland China have downplayed the victory of the pro-democracy camp in Hong Kong’s district election.(Bloomberg image)

Chinese state media downplay pro-democracy win in Hong Kong

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2019 01:29 PM IST
The media focused instead on how “patriotic” candidates were targeted and on the need to end violence in the city.
Voters exercise their franchise in Bihar in the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections conducted in 2019.(Santosh Kumar/Ht archive)
Voters exercise their franchise in Bihar in the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections conducted in 2019.(Santosh Kumar/Ht archive)

HTLS 2019: The evolution of the world’s largest democracy

New Delhi | By Baijayant Jay Panda
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2019 12:33 PM IST
About 75 years after the US adopted its Constitution, it experienced fundamental systemic changes over the next several decades — post Lincoln, first was the Gilded Age (late 1860s till the mid 1890s), and thereafter the Progressive Era (1890s - 1920s).
DMK President MK Stalin has called the new political development in Maharashtra a murder of democracy.(PTI PHOTO.)
DMK President MK Stalin has called the new political development in Maharashtra a murder of democracy.(PTI PHOTO.)

Stalin calls Maharashtra coup a shame for democracy, AIADMK greets new govt

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2019 07:38 PM IST
AIADMK coordinator OPS, on the other hand greeted Fadnavis and his deputy Pawar to work for the sustainable growth of Maharashtra.
Chandigarh University chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu welcoming The Dalai Lama at the university, Gharuan campus, in Punjab on Tuesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Chandigarh University chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu welcoming The Dalai Lama at the university, Gharuan campus, in Punjab on Tuesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

China should learn about democracy from India: Dalai Lama

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By HT Correspondent, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2019 01:04 AM IST
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