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It would divide our society even further and inflame extremism.
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Of course, this would require repealing Indira Gandhi's Emergency-era travesty, and giving our President real power.
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'All decisions are being taken in one office'
The idea reeks of political expediency.
Another promising administration has fallen prey to India's faulty system of government. Modi was doing well, but his demonetisation decision and its poor implementation has taken the sheen off his go...
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A routine economic measure has been turned into a moral crusade.
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America has just finished one of its most acrimonious and divisive presidential elections in history. The nation has expended two years, a billion dollars, and tons of energy, only to pick the least b...
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Obama will likely not go down in history as a great President. He failed to unite Americans behind a bold and visionary new endeavour. His deeds didn't quite match the lofty words that brought him to...
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India's cities are a mess because local governments are totally inept and unaccountable. The 74th Amendment's attempt more than 20 years ago to establish urban local bodies as institutions of self-government has failed. But now there is hope. This month, without fanfare, Shashi Tharoor introduced a Bill in Parliament to fix these ailments. It goes right to the heart of the matter.
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Hidden in the annals of India's Constituent Assembly is Ambedkar's real vision for India's Constitution. He labelled it 'United States of India' and the proposal was in line with his longstanding opposition to the parliamentary form of government. Had they been adopted, Ambedkar's ideas would have altered the character of the final Constitution, and changed India's destiny.
For a nation to prosper, its political system must foster a national vision, ensure fairness and encourage participation. India's parliamentary system fails to deliver any of these ingredients. A great people are languishing because of a poor choice made in their system of government. Why India Needs The Presidential System by Bhanu Dhamija seeks to show that its powers are severely and irreversibly out of balance. And why a US-type system if applied to India will deliver better governance and a healthier polity.