The writer is an associate with the South Asia programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.
Far from reducing opacity in how politics is financed, this new vehicle merely legitimizes it.
Bolstering its claim is the “bold” action Modi has taken to curb the black money scourge; demonetization is framed as a binary choice: either you’re with us or with the black money hoarders.
It is time for courts to re-imagine judicial procedures and build digital solutions to fix the logjam.
Prime Minister Modi has proven that he can gamble on big ideas. He must now close the loopholes in political finance to tackle corruption.
At year-end, questions about his decisiveness, use of federal power, communication.
A hasty Congress decline, as in Delhi, would consolidate anti-BJP vote in states with prominent regional parties.
The middle classes may be more inclined to vote than to vent. Thats the most significant takeaway from the recent assembly elections.
The courts efforts to cleanse politics point to systemic loopholes that still need to be plugged
Old notions about governance are being rendered obsolete in the wake of new aspirations and deteriorating trust in the political class