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Vote against Iran: Abiding by 'good-behaviour norms'
Sep 28, 2005

Vote against Iran: Abiding by 'good-behaviour norms'

The debate about Iran's quest for nuclear energy is wholly enmeshed in the politics of US-Iran relationship. Iran is a signatory to the NPT and its additional protocol. It has obligations; it has rights. The focus of the west is on obligations, of Iran on rights. The North-South divide is reflected in the board of governors of the IAEA, with Russia and China supportive of the non-aligned who apprehend, as Washington Post put it,

Vote, both negative and positive
Feb 12, 2015

Vote, both negative and positive

Unlike the BJP, the focus of the AAP's campaign was not on lofty slogans, such as making a Delhi a 'smart city', but on issues that mattered to the public. No wonder it is commonly said that one should never underestimate the power of the common man.

Voter apathy in municipal elections
Jan 16, 2023

Voter apathy in municipal elections

A rising trend of voter apathy in municipal elections has been witnessed across the country

Voters’ apathy in Nepal elections:  A potential threat to democracy
Nov 20, 2022

Voters’ apathy in Nepal elections: A potential threat to democracy

Nepal’s democracy has been reduced to crude politics which has seemingly caused electoral apathy among its voters

#BattlegroundUS2020: Do the Indian-American votes matter?
Dec 01, 2020

#BattlegroundUS2020: Do the Indian-American votes matter?

The Indian-American community, the second largest immigrant group in the US, is often considered to be a key constituency — especially in the swing

Battle for Tamil, Muslim votes will determine the poll war
Jan 19, 2010

Battle for Tamil, Muslim votes will determine the poll war

The struggle is not between majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils, but a Sinhala struggle for Tamil votes

Change text books to charm Dalit vote bank
May 19, 2012

Change text books to charm Dalit vote bank

The emancipation of the Dalit is an even more recent phenomenon in North India. Hence the inability to stomach any comical casting of the solitary Dalit icon, B.R. Ambedkar.

Col. Gaddafi's terror and India's UN vote
Apr 06, 2011

Col. Gaddafi's terror and India's UN vote

With Gaddafi around, there will be no peace in the Arab region. Africa will also be badly affected. That is why Gaddafi's Foreign and Interior Ministers and several Libyan Ambassadors deserted him. What high moral dictate or compelling necessity led to India's neutral stance in the vote on Security Council Resolution 1973?

Decoding India's Abstention on UNHRC Vote
Aug 10, 2015

Decoding India's Abstention on UNHRC Vote

In what is being touted as a major shift in Indian policy towards Israel, New Delhi abstained from a vote against Israel at the UN Human Rights Commission. The UN human rights body called for Israel's accountability in alleged war crimes committed by its officials during the conflict in Gaza in July 2014.

Delhi: A vote for PM's vision of development
Apr 27, 2017

Delhi: A vote for PM's vision of development

Can things change even before 2020, if Arvind Kejriwal resigns, admitting he has lost the mandate to rule?

Emotions and Vote Choice: Perspectives from the US and India
Mar 02, 2021

Emotions and Vote Choice: Perspectives from the US and India

While the idea that emotional appeal is central to political persuasion may serve common intuition, the dynamics underscoring how and why this is so, remain underexplored. This primer collates insights from neuroscience and political psychology to show why emotions are essential to vote choice. It explores the effects of emotional appeals on voter perceptions using examples from campaign advertisements in US elections. The analysis finds that pol

Europe’s divided vote for change — 5 lessons from the EU parliamentary elections
May 28, 2019

Europe’s divided vote for change — 5 lessons from the EU parliamentary elections

2019 European parliamentary elections have been a boost for democracy in Europe.

GDP growth impacts voter behaviour
Dec 06, 2013

GDP growth impacts voter behaviour

The GDP growth does not mean much to the average voter. But prices do that matter as inflation cut into the budget for healthcare and education for children. Thus what will ultimately decide the outcome of the elections will be inflation and the government's inability to control it.

India:  Vote for change
May 13, 2011

India: Vote for change

People voted for change in three of the four Indian States that went to polls recently. While the voters in Tamil Nadu severely punished the ruling DMK combine, which included the Congress Party, for their reported large-scale corruption and inefficiency,

Indifference to price rise can irk voters in Tamil Nadu
Jul 15, 2010

Indifference to price rise can irk voters in Tamil Nadu

Given the existing alliance pattern involving the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu and its partnership in the Congress-led UPA coalition at the Centre, people's perception of issues like price rise could become a double-jeopardy for the alliance in any election.

Iran votes for reform
May 23, 2017

Iran votes for reform

But President Rouhani’s challenges, domestically and with the US and Arab neighbours, are just beginning.

Iranian voters' hope on Rouhani
Jul 01, 2013

Iranian voters' hope on Rouhani

In voting for a moderate President, Iranians have demonstrated their desire to overcome continued political isolation, marked by significant economic deterioration and disappearing democratic accountability. Can Mr. Rouhani overcome challenges and deliver?

Is pathetic poll show by Sharmila a vote for continuance of Afspa in Manipur?
Mar 21, 2017

Is pathetic poll show by Sharmila a vote for continuance of Afspa in Manipur?

In defeating Irom Sharmila, the voters of Manipur have demonstrated their opposition to her call for the revocation of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from the State. It also exposes human rights activists of all hues

Israel election: A vote for maintaining the status quo
Apr 15, 2019

Israel election: A vote for maintaining the status quo

Given the history of India-Israel ties, not much will change regardless of the government in power in New Delhi

Issues that worry Madhya Pradesh voters
Nov 23, 2018

Issues that worry Madhya Pradesh voters

Both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh are battling on development plank, offering slew of populist measures for the St

It will be foolish to ignore messages the voter sends during elections
Nov 10, 2016

It will be foolish to ignore messages the voter sends during elections

Donald Trump's victory has shown that it would be foolish to ignore voter’s messages during elections.

Libya vote will haunt India
Apr 10, 2012

Libya vote will haunt India

A year after India abstained in the Libya vote, it's clear that India's decision to step aside gained it little, and may have done significant damage to its international standing. If Delhi is to meet its aspirations of becoming a significant regional, let alone global, player, then it needs to think more carefully about the message its positions send.

Maldives:  It's over the other 50 per cent voters?
Feb 13, 2013

Maldives: It's over the other 50 per cent voters?

With the presidential elections now set for September 7, political parties in Maldives are vying with one another to identify issues and package them attractively for the voters, many of them youth.

Maldives: How ‘swing voters’ matter in presidential polls
Mar 24, 2023

Maldives: How ‘swing voters’ matter in presidential polls

With JP and the Nasheed group possibly stepping into the fray, the swing voters will play a deciding role in the upcoming elections

Maldives: SC sacks polls chief, deputy ahead of Majlis' vote
Jul 03, 2014

Maldives: SC sacks polls chief, deputy ahead of Majlis' vote

In a not-so-unexpected development, the Maldivian Supreme Court stripped Elections Commission President Fuwad Thowfeek and Vice-President Ahmed Fayaz Hassan of their membership, for the contempt of the court.

Moderate voter turnout rekindles hope in Jammu and Kashmir
Dec 21, 2020

Moderate voter turnout rekindles hope in Jammu and Kashmir

That the turnout is despite the sweeping constitutional changes and the harshest lockdown that Kashmir has ever witnessed in its troubled history is s

Modi should shed role of sole vote gatherer
Nov 06, 2015

Modi should shed role of sole vote gatherer

PM Modi must shed the self-acquired role of the sole, vote gatherer. He needed this image to overcome inner-party contestation and become the Prime Minister. Today, this image is a handicap. On this score, ironically, Modi could usefully emulate the laidback, apolitical Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Negative vote too may have negatives
Sep 30, 2013

Negative vote too may have negatives

Should the Supreme Court verdict be given practical say in matters of enforcement through amendments to the Representation of the Peoples Act and other laws of the land, then it could mean that at least in constituencies where the nay-sayers have a majority, there has to be a re-election.

Nigeria: Of Votes and Violence
May 02, 2011

Nigeria: Of Votes and Violence

Nigeria voted on April 16th, 2011 for a new president. The result: political violence killing over 500 with the number only increasing and thousands of Nigerians injured and internally displaced.

Not only GST, punitive petroleum taxes need to be capped to quench voter anger
Jan 04, 2019

Not only GST, punitive petroleum taxes need to be capped to quench voter anger

A shortfall in the estimated collection of indirect taxes from lower GST accruals or from tax relief on petroleum products can upset the apple cart.

Pakistan’ Rigged Elections People have voted against the army but it still gets to cook up the next coalition
Feb 12, 2024

Pakistan’ Rigged Elections People have voted against the army but it still gets to cook up the next coalition

People have voted against the military’s political favourites but General Munir still gets to cook up the next coalition government

Russia votes: State Duma elections 2021
Sep 16, 2021

Russia votes: State Duma elections 2021

As Russia prepares to vote, steps have been taken to maintain the status quo

Some votes are more equal than others
Apr 18, 2019

Some votes are more equal than others

India’s voter turnout increased from 56.9% in 1980 to 66% in 2014. However, gaps remain.

Sri Lanka vote: Game-changer of a different kind?
Mar 23, 2012

Sri Lanka vote: Game-changer of a different kind?

Seeing an LTTE ghost where none may exist across the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar, the Sri Lankan authorities could be expected to act even more feverishly in the coming months -- the Geneva vote having emboldened separatist Diaspora groups to revive their failed misadventure, in a new avtar and under a 'new world order'!

Sri Lanka: Did the Indian vote help - and how?
Mar 30, 2013

Sri Lanka: Did the Indian vote help - and how?

'Competitive politics' in Tamil Nadu was only one element in India's vote for the US Resolution. But there has been a general sense of dissatisfaction across the State with the Sri Lankan Government's perceived unwillingness to stand by its war-time promises.

Sri Lanka: Understanding the UNHRC vote
Mar 16, 2012

Sri Lanka: Understanding the UNHRC vote

The increasing effort at marginalisation of Sri Lanka in the international arena, with hopes that a vote against the country at UNHRC could well shame the Government into taking pro-active measures at an early political solution are misplaced, at best.

Sri Lanka: Why India should not vote against Sri Lanka at UNHRC
Mar 06, 2014

Sri Lanka: Why India should not vote against Sri Lanka at UNHRC

India thus cannot afford to vote against Sri Lanka at UNHRC, now or later. If India needs to engage with Sri Lanka for helping the Tamils, it cannot do so from a perceived position of animosity and antagonism.

Sri Lanka: Will ‘minority votes’ still decide the ‘majority’ ruler?
Oct 25, 2019

Sri Lanka: Will ‘minority votes’ still decide the ‘majority’ ruler?

Most minorities are Tamil-speaking, accounting for a substantial 30% of the population.

Syria not falling soon, notwithstanding Indian vote at UN
Feb 13, 2012

Syria not falling soon, notwithstanding Indian vote at UN

Like road repair gangs working on different stretches of a highway, the same gang of Arabs and their western minders are proceeding from Libya to Syria to.....sorry, hang on. Syria is proving to be a much tougher project than earlier imagined.

Thailand votes towards a transformative agenda
May 16, 2023

Thailand votes towards a transformative agenda

While a new reformative government is set to take power in Thailand, the complexities of international relations and domestic aspirations will shape T

The identity fault lines of a West Bengal voter
Jun 19, 2019

The identity fault lines of a West Bengal voter

The fallout of this election forefronts the fault lines in the Bengali identity whose syncretic political and cultural climate has now been marred by religious insecurities.