We are happy to announce a short one week residential course titled, “Living Utopias”, in November 2018. The course provides a perspective to understand a) the urgency in combating the crisis of industrialism in the world today and b) the various alternatives in different spheres of a civilisation—ecology/ economy/ politics/ socio-cultural/ education and technology. The... Continue Reading →
I have written a book narrating a possible story of long-term political transition in different countries in 2014[i], and I have used that framework recently to discuss the political situation in South Africa, Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela here. The recent political developments in Malaysia fit well with the framework of the book. Let me narrate the story and the connection with Malaysian case briefly here.
Let us take the theoretical argument first. Desirable political change requires the mobilization of almost all sections of people (and not only the elites or middle-class). Moreover there should be adequate competition in politics. Each of the competing party/coalition should have a reasonable chance of coming to power. In the absence of such a competitive politics, there can be a number of issues even if the majority is mobilized politically, they participate in elections and governments are elected through formal democracy.
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first posted @ http://www.indiaspend.com/cover-story/as-karnataka-nears-elections-state-support-fails-to-alleviate-farm-distress-86569 Shreehari Paliath [MA 2014-16] Chennamma, 55, works as an agricultural labourer in Nadihal, Yadgir. Her husband, Hanumanthappa, 60, committed suicide this March due to farm debt, part of which was caused by four failed borewells. She is hoping to receive the ex-gratia compensation as soon as the assembly elections are over.... Continue Reading →
first posted @ http://bengaluru.citizenmatters.in/karnataka-legislative-assembly-mla-roles-responsibility-24290 Akshay Agrawal [MA 2013-15] At a broad level, legislative assemblies and legislative councils together form the legislative body at the state level. As a representational body, it has the mandate to make laws, hold the state executive accountable and sanction public expenditure, just as the Parliament at the central level. As... Continue Reading →
The NSUI, the student wing of the Congress Party has launched the "Future of India" Fellowship - a 4-week public policy course for students and young professionals in June. Through this course, we hope to give young people the tools to deconstruct, analyze and understand the politics behind the policies. The Fellowship will focus on... Continue Reading →
The NIAS-UNDP Policy Research Initiative on Inequality and Human Development at the National Institute of Advanced Studies has organized a lecture by Dr. Shashi Tharoor (Member of Parliament) on the topic "The Role of Reason in Indian Politics" at 10.30 AM on Saturday, 5th May, 2018 at JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, IISc campus. The talk... Continue Reading →
We are glad to inform you that we are holding an interactive session on Political Consulting High tea Meet-up at 3 PM on 11th of March at our Head office in Road no. 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. In the free to attend but invite only meet up, we plan to hold elaborate discussions on the evolution of political consulting and as a flourishing... Continue Reading →
By V R Vachana; Maya Roy (MA Dev, 2013-15). Abstract: This article looks at the use of the “none of the above” option in elections in India from 2013 to 2016 using data from the Election Commission of India to reveal certain patterns of NOTA votes. These patterns signal that Indian voters seem to use... Continue Reading →