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Friday, December 03, 2021

Ruchi Gupta

The writer is co-founder and director of the Future of India Foundation, a foundation for big-picture thinking and communication on youth issues. She was formerly national in-charge of the student wing of the Congress.

The politics-policy disconnect in India
Fri, Dec 03, 2021

🔴 Ruchi Gupta writes: This disconnet has grave implications for governance

Is there a good way for a political party to achieve internal democracy?
Sun, Oct 24, 2021

Democratic functioning may be an ideological imperative, operational choice, or legitimising tactic but it is not an end in itself for a political party.

Why the Prashant Kishor model undermines India’s party system
Thu, May 20, 2021

The party organisation, including its contradictory pulls and pressures, are essential elements of this negotiation and not an inconvenience to be bypassed. However, the IPAC style of politics is predicated on undermining the party system.

Why Opposition must not only oppose
Mon, Mar 22, 2021

If the Opposition builds organisation around its own agenda, it will be on stronger ground irrespective of electoral outcomes unlike now, when electoral losses are corrosive to the issues themselves.

Instead of waiting for revolution, Opposition must do hard work of mobilisation
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

In a democracy, political power comes not from sporadic protests but from the ability to act in concert at important junctures. There are many instinctively liberal people who need a platform but may not be comfortable with protests.

Time to look at lockdown from a new perspective
Thu, May 14, 2020

The climate of fear and the restrictions are in a self-perpetuating cycle. Both need to end now.

Banning political ads on social media is a technological solution to a political problem
Tue, Nov 19, 2019

While some regulation is indeed desirable, it is important to ensure that we do not cede control over our democratic processes to private platforms.

Where the Congress faltered
Fri, Jul 12, 2019

It has become inward looking, impervious to feedback from the ground.

Nobody speaks to the young
Sat, Feb 09, 2019

The youth need a sense of purpose and political identity, not sops.

Don’t Talk, Listen
Sat, Nov 17, 2018

Engage with youth to translate demographic dividend into democratic dividend

What the campus says: NSUI’s win in DUSU elections is the beginning of an exciting new shift in student politics
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

The NSUI pitched this election as a contest over the idea of the university and the role of student unions within it. And the students have spoken decisively.

Why AAP needs to go back to school
Mon, Aug 22, 2016

The changes in education in Delhi can be roughly categorised into four areas: Infrastructure; administrative reforms; curriculum; and teachers.

Ask the right questions
Sat, Oct 26, 2013

Those who want parties under RTI have not specified whether this advances transparency or electoral reform. It is time for a more nuanced debate.

Laws for citizens,and by them too
Mon, May 20, 2013

Institutionalising a mandatory process of consultation and dialogue would democratise not just law-making,but the state itself

The politics of Identity
Mon, Jan 11, 2010

In February 2011,India will become the first country in the world to issue its residents biometric-based numbers to establish identity.