S Y Quraishi

Quraishi is former Chief Election Commissioner.

Articles By S Y Quraishi

He put fear of God in recalcitrant politicians, was respected by all… Good bye, Mr Seshan

The awe and fear he evoked in us bordered on terror. Nobody had the guts to argue with him, not to speak of falling foul of him.

As Sri Lanka prepares for presidential polls, its Election Commission is the winner

The participation of youth was a common concern. There are nearly 3,00,000 first-time voters and the general opinion was that there would be a sense of apathy in them.

A protege’s tribute

Sushma Swaraj was a leader of courage and stature, an original thinker and doer.

Slipping on democracy

A recent Democracy Index confirms the paradox of India being the world’s largest electoral wonder, but an increasingly flawed democracy.

Not the EVM again

The accusers swap places with accused, and a contrived controversy goes on

Beyond binaries

A multi-pronged approach is needed to ensure the socio-economic uplift of the transgender community.

Court’s lost chance

Election Commission has been seeking SC’s aid to stem criminalisation of politics. Its verdict falls short.

Performing moderately

A new state of democracy report records a significant dip in India’s record on civil liberties, personal integrity and security, freedom of association, media integrity, gender equality

What I saw in Pakistan

Its general election was conducted in a transparent manner, with robust processes

Karnataka leftovers

The political drama has stoked important questions about parties, alliances, and the role of governor

Elections in the time of Cambridge Analytica

Stricter data protection laws are required to ensure that political parties do not indulge in practices that involve undue influencing of voting behaviour.

Lawmakers with perks

The long list of exemptions has made the office of profit a farce. Delhi Assembly case is an opportunity to debate the issue afresh.

The duty of the young

Since the politicians would do nothing to inform the youth about the socio-economic problems facing the nation today and only exploit them, it is the responsibility of civil society organisations and the media to educate young people.

In Nepal, with hope

Holding of the parliamentary and provincial elections is a huge achievement, a culmination of a tortuous process that started in 2006. The people now await development and stability.

And the winner is Election Commission

Gujarat Rajya Sabha election was BJP versus Congress. But it’s the ECI that covered itself in glory

Cleaning the House

Must tainted legislators be debarred from polls? For how long? Answers are about to come in

The polygamy myth

The Quran and Hadith are replete with verses in support of family planning. Muslim backwardness on this count is a fallout of poor socio-economic conditions.

Their Westminster, and ours

Despite the same electoral model, there are marked differences in how polls are conducted in Britain and in India

A UK election in the time of terror

Theresa May’s popularity has taken a knocking since she announced the election and it’s a moot point whether the three terror attacks in the UK help her cause

A time for electoral reform

A debate in Rajya Sabha last week raised important questions. These, like the Election Commission’s proposals and recommendations, must no longer remain unaddressed.