Quraishi is former Chief Election Commissioner.
As former finance minister Arun Jaitley said in his budget speech in 2017, without transparency of political funding, free and fair elections are not possible
After facing some serious questions during the general elections in 2019, that affected its image, the Bihar elections were an opportunity for the ECI to prove its efficiency and evenhandedness to every sceptic.
The manipulation does not involve just financial fraud, but a bigger crime of fraud on the people’s right to know the truth, which the media is morally and legally bound to provide, instead of fake news and manufactured hate narratives.
Whichever model it chooses, the Supreme Court must not fall prey to the diversionary tactics of vested interests. It should also see this case as an opportunity to change the image of inaction and insensitivity it has unfortunately acquired during the last couple of years.
S Y Quraishi writes: Can the virtual rallies replace the door-to-door and large-scale physical campaigning that are the heart and soul of any democratic election? Not really.
So far, South Korea has been the template. Sri Lanka may provide some more insights.
There is an urgent requirement to put money in the hands of the impoverished to support them during the pandemic. This has been the refrain of the Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee. Further, the government must tighten the implementation of its critical schemes related to nutrition, food security and healthcare.
If the formative years are so crucial, it is vital that what a child is exposed to is healthy and positive. In the global village, there are streams of messages floating around, generated by mutual hatred. Children are mercilessly left to infer what they can from these.
Not taking action under the IPC encouraged the worthies like Parvesh Sahib Singh Varma to commit a repeat offence of indulging in a vitriolic diatribe against the Delhi CM for which the EC indicted him a second time within a week.
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.
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.
Sushma Swaraj was a leader of courage and stature, an original thinker and doer.
A recent Democracy Index confirms the paradox of India being the world’s largest electoral wonder, but an increasingly flawed democracy.
The accusers swap places with accused, and a contrived controversy goes on
A multi-pronged approach is needed to ensure the socio-economic uplift of the transgender community.
Election Commission has been seeking SC’s aid to stem criminalisation of politics. Its verdict falls short.
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
Its general election was conducted in a transparent manner, with robust processes
The political drama has stoked important questions about parties, alliances, and the role of governor
Stricter data protection laws are required to ensure that political parties do not indulge in practices that involve undue influencing of voting behaviour.
The long list of exemptions has made the office of profit a farce. Delhi Assembly case is an opportunity to debate the issue afresh.
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.
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.
Gujarat Rajya Sabha election was BJP versus Congress. But it’s the ECI that covered itself in glory
Must tainted legislators be debarred from polls? For how long? Answers are about to come in