Is the Election Commission of India Outsourcing Regulation to the Private Sector?
In the first of this series, The Leaflet breaks down the statutes that govern the election process in India.
“We have seen clearly and unmistakably, the institutional pillars of the republic being dismantled”.
Was the acquisition of the adjoining land and the stay on religious worship thereupon by the Supreme Court, limited to the adjudication of the suits by the High Court? Or was it genuinely meant as a way to preserve communal harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood until the dispute is finally resolved?
The term Dalit cannot die with one circular. It is an evolution of identity out of years of sufferance. No matter how hard the government tries to snap the associations of all suppressed classes, it will only emerge out louder, stronger and clearer.
It is beyond contest that the leadership, the troops on ground, policy-makers, police and everyone else joined together to create this tragedy of errors and they were guilty of criminal negligence leading to loss of precious lives of trained soldiers. Worst part is that CRPF in particular and policy makers and others responsible for controlling the situation refuse to learn from past mistakes and such tragic loss of life keeps recurring with alarming regularity.
If there is a bona fide conspiracy against the Indian State, there are enough laws in the statute book to look into them. A mature, liberal democracy cannot fight its own citizens. The Law Commission in its August 2018 report pointed out that “while it is essential to protect national integrity, it should not be misused as a tool to curb free speech. Dissent and criticism are essential ingredients of a robust public debate on policy issues as part of a vibrant democracy”.