S Y Quraishi

Quraishi is former Chief Election Commissioner.

Performing moderately
Sat, Sep 15, 2018

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
Fri, Aug 03, 2018

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

Karnataka leftovers
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

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

Elections in the time of Cambridge Analytica
Fri, May 11, 2018

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
Mon, Feb 26, 2018

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
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

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
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

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
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

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

Cleaning the House
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

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

The polygamy myth
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

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
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

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
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

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
Fri, Mar 31, 2017

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

Shooting the EVM
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Political parties question the EVM. But when they win with the same machines, they don’t eat their words.

The lawmakers we need
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

Women outvote men in many states, but gender parity in Parliament and assemblies eludes India.

The promise makers
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

In this season of manifestoes that brim with tall pledges, parties must remember that voters don’t forget

The colour of polls
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

PM’s move against black money prepares the ground for reforms of electoral finance.

Controversy over Karnataka RS polls is an opportunity to bring in crucial electoral reforms
Wed, Jun 08, 2016

The sting operation by two TV channels purportedly showing Karnataka MLAs negotiating cash for votes for a Rajya Sabha election has caused a furore over the phenomenon of horse-trading

When less is not more
Mon, Apr 04, 2016

Simultaneous elections to panchayat, assembly and Lok Sabha may be desirable. They are not feasible.

A little bit of will
Tue, Mar 08, 2016

Women are participating in greater numbers in local government. This trend must travel upwards.

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