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The Spirit of Independence

I wish I could go back in time to the dawn of 15th August 1947, and feel the first rays in an independent India. Sixty four years later we seem to have taken our independence for granted. Heroes of the freedom struggle have given way to corrupt politicians. Security has never been worse. Rising prices of commodities have affected almost every Indian. The country has produced more billionaires during the last decade than all the previous put together but the poverty ratio has not changed. This is surely not the vision of our founding fathers! Continue reading

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Civil Revolution May Usher A Constitutional Democracy In Pakistan

Mirza Akhtar Beg argues that Pakistan appears to be on the verge of emerging as a functioning Constitutional Democracy, with primacy of laws and constitution that has eluded Pakistan for 61 years of its checkered history. Continue reading

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India Votes: Whom Should Muslims Vote?

I don’t know that was or has been a general feeling of alienation or escapism among Muslims, but one thing is sure, no political party has done anything concrete for the Muslims except some lip service to arouse emotional appeal though the community has been wrongly accused by the BJP and its allies for what is called ‘minority appeasement’. Continue reading

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India Votes: What Are The Issues Of Indian Muslims As Elections Approach?

As another election to the parliament in India approaches, the question comes up “What are Indian Muslims Thinking? What are the issues on the basis of which they will vote for various parties? Are their issues the same as those of other Indians or do they have some distinct issues of their own? Continue reading

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India Votes: A Lucid Dream And Reality

The 2009 General election is going to witness a dawn of professional politics where political parties will be marketed as commodities to lure potential voters. It will not be merely a traditional competition between Congress and BJP but a plethora of small parties with regional interest will compete to get a share of people’s sympathy. Continue reading

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India Votes: Aged And Outdated Leaders

Should there be a legislation of age bar for politicians in India? Does age help improve efficiency? Should some sort of retirement criteria be introduced in Indian politics as well? Does vibrant India need equally young and vibrant leaders, not old, aging and ‘not-so-fit’ leaders? Continue reading

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India Votes: Democracy, Elections And Minorities In India

The General elections in India are about to take place within three months which are like a day of judgment for political parties. They have to stand before their voters and render account of their deeds and misdeeds. Continue reading

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The Message Of Jammu & Kashmir Elections

These elections have thrown up an invaluable political opportunity to move towards a permanent political resolution of the Kashmir issue. It is hoped that the new coalition government in J& K – with support from New Delhi – would chart a new course towards peace, stability and prosperity. Continue reading

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Another Sonrise

Omar Abdullah is slated to be the chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir. It is never going to be easy. I just hope he proves to be the exorcist we badly need to stave off our past ghosts, who still haunt us, from time to time. Continue reading

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J&K 2008 Polls: The Death of Kashmiri Nationalism?

Despite some incidences of forced voting Kashmiri voters that came out to vote did so on their own volition. However to interpret this as a sign that Kashmiri nationalism itself has lost public support makes little sense. Continue reading

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