Quraishi is former Chief Election Commissioner.
S Y Quraishi writes: India has achieved the replacement rate for its population. Now, 'unmet need' for family planning tools must be provided for.
SY Quraishi writes: It is at the root of many forms of violence that are being perpetrated and has become one of the biggest challenges to the rule of law and to our democratic conscience
S Y Quraishi writes: There is already greater voter turnout of women than in past decades. There must now be push for more women to be elected to legislative bodies and hold decision-making positions in political parties
S Y Quraishi writes: Despite EC's efforts, broad consensus from political parties, opinion and exit polls continue to undermine elections
That would be a violation of the constitutional mandate that gives every Vidhan Sabha a fixed term. In light of the Omicron threat, the focus should be on strict enforcement of guidelines.
🔴 S Y Quraishi write: Government must take up all pending electoral reform proposals, instead of only going for politically motivated reforms like simultaneous elections and electoral bonds.
🔴 S Y Quraishi writes: It is in violation of the constitutional spirit, irrespective of how important or urgent the issue
S Y Quraishi writes: Trying to bully or influence rating agencies to doctor data to suit us is reprehensible.
S Y Quraishi writes: Islamic tenets prescribe equality for women. Unfortunately, Muslims often violate them.
S Y Quraishi writes: While SC recently expressed anguish over the issue, legislature and political parties remain reluctant to act.
S Y Quraishi writes: What is the provocation for the CMs of Assam and UP to suddenly announce their respective population policies?
S Y Quraishi writes: In such cases, like the recent split within the LJP, the election commission must use guidelines and precedents to make a decision.
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.