Month: May 2014

Why so criminal?

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Parliament - CriminalDespite all the fanfare about clean politics and anti-corruption, the 16th Lok Sabha looks like one of the most criminal that this country has elected. Every third MP in the current Parliament has a criminal case registered against them and 112 MPs have serious criminal cases registered against them. This raises problematic questions for the Indian democratic process. Should individuals accused of bribery and fraud be in charge of passing anti-corruption laws? Should individuals accused of rape be in charge of gender security bills?

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The Verdict

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VoteShareThe votes are in and we have a newly elected Parliament. The Modi-led BJP has swept into an unprecedented majority, leaving the INC and regional parties with paltry seats. No matter what end of the BJP love-hate spectrum you fall on, interesting times are ahead. Over the next couple of months, this blog will take a closer look at the members of the 16th Lok Sabha. Who did we elect into power?

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The Media and Mr. Modi

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Time LeaderEveryone who is anyone is busy predicting a magnificent return to power of the BJP and the election of Modi as our Prime Minister. They may very well be right but it got me thinking about the media’s role in these elections. The spread of television and mobile phones has meant that more people have access to television┬ámedia, making┬átheir┬ácoverage more important than ever before.

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Money, Money, Money

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BJP2012There has been a lot of talk about money this election: whether it is in terms of corruption or in terms of economic development. There has, however, been very little talk about contributions to party campaigns and spending by candidates. Everyone seems to accept that parties are wildly under-reporting their expenditures and contributions. In today’s post, I answer 3 important questions: How much is being donated to Indian political parties? Who is donating to these parties? How much are political parties spending? Read the rest of this entry »