Delhi's Slide From Democracy To Despotism

In the last few weeks, the Lieutenant Governor has been cancelling/overturning/staying orders passed by the Government of Delhi. On 30 August 2016, he issued order staying more than 400 decisions taken by Delhi government since it came to power, and thus reducing a democratically elected government to nothing.

Augustus, Aurangzeb And Donald Trump

While Trump’s freewheeling statements appear like a solution to American problems in the short term, be forewarned -- it could be the writing on the wall for the demise of the American Republic as we know it. History warns us that both the Roman and Mughal empires never recovered from the self-interested, power hungry, divisive policies that Augustus and Aurangzeb unleashed.
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Danger: ‘Democracy' At Work

What does the mind do when it sees all those values it was brought up to believe in start to evaporate? More extremism: nationalism, racial superiority, religious certitude, male domination, bigotry, egotism... the usual list which has seen so many Trumps of the "Me Tarzan, You Jane" variety get democratically elected in the past: Hitler, Mussolini, Berlusconi, Erdogan, Putin, Le Pen, Fujimori...

Modi, Trump And The Millennial Dilemma

Indians and Americans have a lot in common. During every election, we are forced to either support a supposedly liberal, yet easily bought and manipulated political party or swear allegiance to the death eaters aka the right wing conservatives to worship their Voldemort.

How The Persecution Of Kanhaiya Kumar Pulled The Left Out Of The Red

The Delhi Police with its excesses, the black-coat-wearing assailants in Patiala House, and the hate-mongering television 'news' anchors have achieved what folks like EMS Namboodripad, Jyoti Basu, Inderjit Gupta, Prakash Karat, Gurudas Dasgupta, Sitaram Yechury and the like, could never have achieved. No one would not have invested so much time in listening to the views of a young student given to a certain worldview had it not been for the insecurity and aggressive censoriousness of those holding the contrary opinion.