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Families dominate Lankan election scene
Oct 30, 2019

Families dominate Lankan election scene

As of now, the two are evenly poised: Sajith Premdasa is popular with the rural voters and the minorities, while Gotabaya is depending on the undoubted charisma of his brother Mahinda and the strong support of the conservative Buddhist clergy.

Foreign policy issues in US presidential campaign 2012:  An assessment
Jul 19, 2012

Foreign policy issues in US presidential campaign 2012: An assessment

As President Barack Obama reaches the twilight of his first term, he has to enter the grind yet again, go all out to try and convince the voters that he deserves another term.

French officials in Syrian custody could rock Sarkozy's electoral boat
Mar 03, 2012

French officials in Syrian custody could rock Sarkozy's electoral boat

Should the story of the French in Syrian custody become public in France, the voters will ask: did the government sanction illegal entry of our soldiers into foreign countries? Is the Syrian rebellion an imported rebellion?

German elections: Watch out for AfD
Sep 22, 2017

German elections: Watch out for AfD

The AfD will be entering the Bundestag as it is expected to get nine to twelve per cent of votes.

Getting acquainted with Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election candidates
Aug 08, 2023

Getting acquainted with Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election candidates

Each of the three candidates bring something new to the table, granting the Taiwanese voters ample alternatives in the upcoming presidential elections

God, guns, and the ballot box: The decline of religio-political parties in Pakistan
Jul 01, 2024

God, guns, and the ballot box: The decline of religio-political parties in Pakistan

Religio-political parties in Pakistan's recent general elections increased their presence and attempted to shed their conservative image, but this did

Good script, now act on it
May 21, 2013

Good script, now act on it

Pakistan's first transfer of power between elected governments is indeed a milestone, but how strong a precedent it will set is very much dependent on the performance of Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N. Confidence in civilian institutions, high voter turnout aside, remains dreadfully low.

Great power berserk: Fair is foul, foul is fair
Jul 27, 2012

Great power berserk: Fair is foul, foul is fair

Has New Delhi forgotten its breast beating against cross-border terrorism in Kashmir atleast since 1989? How will it ever raise that issue again having voted along with the west which stands for cross border terrorism by US, France, UK, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey against Syria?

Group instinct & the white tribals of America
May 21, 2018

Group instinct & the white tribals of America

While the rust belt voted Trump, it wasn’t because of its economic plight. The reasons were born of political tribalism.

Guided Democracy, by Whom?
May 02, 2004

Guided Democracy, by Whom?

If it is any yardstick for a vibrant democracy, India today has six former Prime Ministers around. Only two of them, namely, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and P V Narasimha Rao completed a full term, and thus became mascots of political stability in their time. Yet, subsequent elections proved that stability was not the only concern of the Indian voter. To him, political stability is a vehicle for his deliverance and in ways he understands.

Hard reforms vital, NDA needs to shun populism
Aug 09, 2017

Hard reforms vital, NDA needs to shun populism

Good politics must also be good economics. Acting irresponsibly is not politically rational — there is an appetite now amongst voters for hard reform.

Have youth started deserting BJP?
Oct 06, 2017

Have youth started deserting BJP?

When the BJP-led NDA government had come to power in 2014, it enjoyed the support of the young voters.

How the French Presidential elections can alter European politics
Apr 14, 2022

How the French Presidential elections can alter European politics

The outcome of the ongoing French presidential elections will determine whether France prioritises fulfilling its responsibility to the EU more so ove

Human rights and India's foreign policy
Mar 26, 2012

Human rights and India's foreign policy

India's vote at Geneva in favour of the UNHRC resolution critical of Sri Lanka possibly signals the increasing vulnerability of national interests to regional interests dictated by the necessity of coalition politics. India's this strategic folly would once again rebound to China's and Pakistan's advantage.

India yet to stabilise as a nation state
Nov 12, 2013

India yet to stabilise as a nation state

There is a blithe assumption in India that national construction will happen on its own. That is simply not true. The states and the Union government need ever closer cooperation and coordination in a host of issues. Sadly, what we are confronted by are leaders who are busy shoring up their vote banks, a sure recipe for a crisis somewhere down the line.

India's Foreign Policy: Favouring the US?
Oct 05, 2005

India's Foreign Policy: Favouring the US?

The defining moment in India's international relations did not occur when Delhi voted with the US and its allies on Iran on the IAEA board. The real watershed in India's foreign policy occurred in May 1998,

India's Sri Lanka abstention: A message for West
Apr 14, 2014

India's Sri Lanka abstention: A message for West

Over and above the stated causes, reasons and justification, the Indian 'abstention' on the anti-Sri Lanka vote at the UNHRC this time was a 'message' in itself. Intended or otherwise, the 'message' was for the West-dominated 'international community' on the one hand, and the Sri Lankan stakeholders on the other.

India: Land battle between Government and Opposition
Apr 10, 2015

India: Land battle between Government and Opposition

Land, over which many battles and even wars have been fought since time immemorial, is once again an issue over which the BJP-led NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the opposition are engaged to change people?s perception so that their votes could be won in coming electoral battles.

Indian politics has decoupled winnings from victories
May 17, 2018

Indian politics has decoupled winnings from victories

The bigger question the Karnataka verdict poses to us is: in the emerging disruptive trend of India’s democracy does voter choice matter at all?

India’s balancing act on Hamas is outdated diplomacy
Dec 11, 2018

India’s balancing act on Hamas is outdated diplomacy

By abstaining from the UN vote on condemning Hamas’ terrorism, the Modi government has sent a wrong message that India is tolerant towards terror in

Interpreting Elections-2004
May 29, 2004

Interpreting Elections-2004

Now that the dust is settling down on post-poll government-formation at the Centre, revisiting Elections-2004 may be in order. If anything, it could hold a candle to the future of Indian polity, and the roles that the nation¿s political parties may have to be prepared for, if they need to keep the voter on their side.

Iran President-elect hints at foreign policy shift
Jun 25, 2013

Iran President-elect hints at foreign policy shift

After garnering more than 50 percent of the votes, Centrist candidate Hassan Rohani won the presidential election in Iran, receiving 18,613,329 out of 36,740,156 votes.

Iranian Presidential Dark Horse
Jun 20, 2005

Iranian Presidential Dark Horse

The unexpected good showing of the conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former Mayor of Tehran, in the first round of the Iranian Presidental elections held on June 17, 2005, and his emergence in the No.2 position with 19.5 per cent of the valid votes polled as against 21 per cent for the favourite Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani throws open the possibility that in the second

Junctions and roadblocks in Arab politics
May 05, 2005

Junctions and roadblocks in Arab politics

THE DISTURBING aspects of Arab democracy, wrote a columnist in Haaretz recently, "are its implications for Israel." These were listed: advent of democracy in Arab countries would make Israel lose its unique character and the "shared values" with America emanating from it; given the freedom of choice, Arab voters might elect Islamist "extremists"; Arab opinion, as per the most recent Arab Human Development Report

Key trends from the European Parliament Elections 2024
Jun 17, 2024

Key trends from the European Parliament Elections 2024

Despite the war in Europe, economic challenges, global trade tensions, and farmer protests, the 2024 election saw the centre retain control in the Eur

Koo’s chirps won't silence the blue bird
Feb 25, 2021

Koo’s chirps won't silence the blue bird

Koo and Parler or Gab are operating under different socio-cultural contexts with differing implications on how users understand and utilise social med

Legitimising a two-party system?
Oct 31, 2011

Legitimising a two-party system?

The Election Commission's proposal for fixing eight per cent vote-share in Lok Sabha polls as the lower-limit for conferring the status of 'National Parties' is fraught with consequences that go beyond the constitutional mandate.

Libya NFZ: An Opportunity for India
Mar 19, 2011

Libya NFZ: An Opportunity for India

While India's abstention at the UN vote on Libya is debatable, is there an opportunity for India and the Indian Air Force in particular in the Libyan crisis?

Macron’s Re-election, A Victory With Challenges
Apr 29, 2022

Macron’s Re-election, A Victory With Challenges

France has voted, Europe is relieved, and the French President needs to move fast to douse the flames of polarisation

Macron’s risky gamble
Jul 01, 2024

Macron’s risky gamble

As French voters head to the polls to choose between the far-right’s Eurosceptic nationalist agenda or Macron’s staunchly pro-European ambitions,

Making sense of Delhi’s education revolution
Jul 16, 2020

Making sense of Delhi’s education revolution

A sustained higher budgetary allocation to education sector has largely been devoted to meet the needs of core segments mainly the strengthening of ai

Maldives: Advantage MDP, but possibilities still in parliament polls
Feb 26, 2019

Maldives: Advantage MDP, but possibilities still in parliament polls

The MDP did not seem to suffer from poll fatigue, even months after the presidential elections as a high number of them voted in the MDP primaries, to

Maldives: Bipartisanship still has a chance
Mar 16, 2013

Maldives: Bipartisanship still has a chance

Not all seems to have been lost to the infant Maldivian democracy. Arch-rivals in the still -unfolding national political drama have come together again, to re-vote two Bills to ensure mandatory assent after President Waheed Hassan Manik had returned them.

Maldives: Party-time may be over for smaller parties!
Jan 03, 2013

Maldives: Party-time may be over for smaller parties!

Maldives parliament vote barring registration of political parties with less than 10,000 verifiable members may have set the cat among the pigeons in the Maldivian polity. For, included in the list could be the Quamee Iththihad Party of none other than President Mohammed.

Maldives: Poll-ball should go back to the court for one last time
Oct 21, 2013

Maldives: Poll-ball should go back to the court for one last time

In Maldives, 'bogus voters' and 'fraudulent votes' were among the major issues on which the Supreme Court had adjudicated. However, the prescribed cure has proved to be as problematic as the perceived ailment.

Maldives: The stranglehold of coalition politics continues
Nov 19, 2013

Maldives: The stranglehold of coalition politics continues

The recent presidential polls show the continuing stranglehold of 'coalition politics' in the contemporary Maldivian context. It became visible when Nasheed defeated incumbent Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in the second round of the 2008 polls, after securing only 25 percent vote-share in the first round.

Maldives: Will court-ordered re-poll bring out clear victor?
Oct 18, 2013

Maldives: Will court-ordered re-poll bring out clear victor?

With Maldives' Election Commission setting in motion the process for holding the first round of Supreme Court-ordered re-poll for the nation's presidency, political parties and voters alike are gearing up for a repeat performance of sorts, twice in as many months.

Manmohan Singh's last summit meeting with Shinzo Abe
Jan 23, 2014

Manmohan Singh's last summit meeting with Shinzo Abe

From all reports, it is quite clear that the Japanese PM's Delhi visit would mainly be devoted to consolidate the partnership and draw up a fresh road map for future developments. The much anticipated agreement on civil nuclear cooperation is not likely to happen during the current visit.

Maoists return to power
Sep 01, 2011

Maoists return to power

There has been two political developments in Nepal of high significance in the last few days. On August 28, vice-chairman of UCPN (Maoist) Dr Baburam Bhattarai became the 35th prime minister of Nepal by a majority vote of the legislature-parliament.

Mayawati the Czarina of Dalit politics; Nation awaits her next political move
Jun 14, 2019

Mayawati the Czarina of Dalit politics; Nation awaits her next political move

Mayawati’s sharp turns and twists resulted in her political success and advancement in the past primarily because her fortress of Dalit voters was i

MCD Elections: A prestige battle in Delhi
Dec 01, 2022

MCD Elections: A prestige battle in Delhi

In a bid to woo voters using detailed manifestoes, all three key parties are geared up for the upcoming MCD elections in Delhi

Media's role as foreign affairs impinge on national politics
Mar 22, 2013

Media's role as foreign affairs impinge on national politics

If proof were required, the DMK-Congress spat on the Sri Lanka related vote at the UN Human Rights Council has once again provided it. Foreign Affairs will increasingly impinge on national politics.

Mexican Elections:  Return of the Old Guard?
Jul 05, 2012

Mexican Elections: Return of the Old Guard?

Enrique Peña Nieto, the young and telegenic candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has been elected Mexico's next president with about 38% of the popular vote. His closest competitor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).

Muslim matters in UP
Jan 25, 2012

Muslim matters in UP

The political weight of the Muslims is undeniable in Uttar Pradesh. With nearly 18% of the population, they potentially constitute one of the largest consolidated vote banks, notwithstanding the larger Hindu community, which is highly fragmented along caste and class lines.

National sovereignty and international law
Dec 08, 2020

National sovereignty and international law

You would say that Trudeau was ‘playing politics’ and that his remarks are really addressed to the Sikh community of Canada. So what’s the problem? After all, did not our Prime Minister undertake major political rallies in the US? In the Houston ‘Howdy Modi’ rally last year, US President Donald Trump himself participated, uncharacteristically playing second fiddle, all because he, like all democratic politicians, likes votes.

Nigeria’s worsening security situation may jeopardise the 2023 elections
Aug 24, 2022

Nigeria’s worsening security situation may jeopardise the 2023 elections

Many young people across the country might have registered to vote. However, the current security situation could spell trouble.

Pakistan general elections 2018: Analysis of results and implications
Dec 18, 2018

Pakistan general elections 2018: Analysis of results and implications

n July 2018, Pakistanis voted in what was the third consecutive transfer of power from one civilian government to another in the country’s 71-year history. The elections may be called a success in that winners had been declared. However, the months leading up to the elections demonstrated the power of the military, and its ability to influence election outcomes and control sections of the media. As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan see

Pakistan: Neutrality in Yemen and Arabian displeasure
May 15, 2015

Pakistan: Neutrality in Yemen and Arabian displeasure

During the recent crisis in Yemen, between the Houthis and the nine-nation military coalition led by the Saudis, a joint sitting of Pakistan's Parliament voted against joining the Saudi-led coalition.

Patronage leaves us powerless
Aug 09, 2012

Patronage leaves us powerless

Get away from the barter system of vote bank politics. Politicians need to rise above petty politics and show they haven't got feet of Vernacular clay. This will be the first step to prove to the world that we are a mature democracy.

Petroleum Subsidies in India: Gone with the Wind?
Sep 12, 2022

Petroleum Subsidies in India: Gone with the Wind?

Energy subsidies are described as hard to reform as they are leveraged by government leaders to secure votes. However, their phasing out is well under