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Bhanu Dhamija

Founder 'Divya Himachal' newspaper, author 'Why India Needs the Presidential System'

Bhanu Dhamija is the founder and chairman of the Divya Himachal Group, the largest newspaper publishing company in Himachal Pradesh, India. Earlier, in America, Dhamija founded a media company that published trade journals and organized conferences for the magazine publishing industry. <br> <br> Bhanu Dhamija is also the author of <em>Why India Needs the Presidential System</em> (HarperCollins) <br> <br> Born in Bulandshehar (UP) in 1959, he has lived almost half his life in the United States. After attending Punjab University in Chandigarh, he acquired a postgraduate degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He has worked in the financial, computer and media industries in the US and India. While in the US, Dhamija married an American and soon after they moved with their three children to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
Why India Needs The Presidential System: Repelling Authoritarianism [Book

Why India Needs The Presidential System: Repelling Authoritarianism [Book Excerpt]

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. <em>Why India Needs The Presidential System</em> 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.
11/03/2016 8:06 AM IST
India's 'Strong' Centre Is Weakening Its

India's 'Strong' Centre Is Weakening Its Security

India's founders set out to build a strong Centre with independent state governments. But their experiment failed. Our state governments are not fully accountable - they depend on the Centre for survival and funds. People are routinely left with no local government, or one that is not focused on local issues. This hurts governance just where it touches people most. India's so-called strong Centre is too distant to provide any real representation or participation. What's most menacing, however, is that instead of adding strength, this is endangering our nation's security.
19/02/2016 8:14 AM IST
President's Rule: A Constitutional Absurdity Our Founders Failed To

President's Rule: A Constitutional Absurdity Our Founders Failed To Avoid

The Central government's power to dissolve a duly elected state government is one of India's biggest constitutional absurdities. Just how preposterous and undemocratic is this feature of India's Constitution? The recent imposition of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh tells the whole story.
05/02/2016 8:19 AM IST
Why Glorify Our Constitution? Our Founding Fathers Certainly

Why Glorify Our Constitution? Our Founding Fathers Certainly Didn't

Far from being elated, the framers of India's Constitution turned sombre when Ambedkar presented his draft. In the six days following his motion to adopt the new Constitution, speaker after speaker came forward to praise the proposed system. Yet others couldn't shake off the feeling that something was amiss. Nearly a third took the floor only to say something disparaging about the Constitution India was ready to adopt. It was evident that it had failed to inspire.
26/01/2016 8:13 AM IST