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Picking Ryan: A bad choice for a struggling campaign
Aug 13, 2012

Picking Ryan: A bad choice for a struggling campaign

Mitt Romney has already won the nomination race. This is when he needed to move towards appealing to the undecided voters and may be a few disgruntled democrats and liberals. Picking Paul Ryan is unlikely to help convince them.

Politics of fear in US presidential campaigns
Oct 21, 2015

Politics of fear in US presidential campaigns

As the election season heats up in the US, the language of fear and name calling is rampant within parties and between parties. Instilling fears of the other candidate into the minds of voters, through campaign rhetoric and negative ads and distributed many times over by the power of new media technologies, has emerged an important feature of the campaigns.

Portends from Polls-2011: Performance and accountability
May 13, 2011

Portends from Polls-2011: Performance and accountability

With the decisive verdicts in these Assembly elections, and more Assembly elections slated in Uttar Pradesh and a host of others States before 2014 general elections, the voter has put Governments and leaders on notice, when it comes to performance and accountability.

President Obama and the Midterm Elections
Oct 22, 2010

President Obama and the Midterm Elections

A few days before President Obama's Indian visit, the US will witness midterm elections. If the opinion polls are anything to go by, the Democratic Party appears to be in trouble. However, Obama can utilize the polls to retool his strategy and win back the voters as Bill Clinton did in 1994.

Punjab elections: Some interesting departures
Feb 02, 2012

Punjab elections: Some interesting departures

The results of the Assembly elections in five States, including Punjab, will be out on 6 March. It remains to be seen whether Punjab will stick to history and vote out the incumbent Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP government or whether history will be made and the latter will be re-elected.

Russian pipeline
Jul 16, 2014

Russian pipeline

Given its vast coastline, Delhi should devote its attention for now to importing hydrocarbons by sea, investing in equity oil in Russia and other energy-rich countries, and concluding swap arrangements rather than grandiose transregional pipelines.

Safeguarding democracy: The Election Commission of India @75
Aug 15, 2022

Safeguarding democracy: The Election Commission of India @75

While the Constitution provides the ECI with a sturdy framework within which to operate, this same edifice has become a handicap to the organisation a

Sanders narrows down the gap with Clinton
Jul 08, 2015

Sanders narrows down the gap with Clinton

Unlike the crowded and competitive Republican presidential nomination field, the Democratic field, for a long time, looked empty with only Hillary Clinton. The strong entry of Sanders in the Democratic nomination has given the American voters a fair choice between Clinton and Sanders' respective brands of politics.

Saudi succession
Jan 07, 2015

Saudi succession

The NDA government has not devoted sufficient attention to the Middle East in 2014. As New Delhi turns to the Gulf in 2015 and tends to its high stakes in the region, an intensive engagement with Saudi Arabia must be at the top of PM Narendra Modi's diplomatic priorities.

Shake-up time for Sri Lanka
Mar 26, 2012

Shake-up time for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka should understand the nuances of diplomatic existence, survival and self-assertion, appreciate them where possible, accept them where needed. India and others may be blamed for Sri Lanka losing the vote but it should rather shake up Colombo to look into what had gone wrong with its foreign policy strategy, instead.

Smashing democracy's license permit raj
Oct 31, 2011

Smashing democracy's license permit raj

Fixers aka political managers abound because they thrive in an artificially scare economy where votes are a premium

South Africa elections 2024: Political pluralism or fractured democracy?
Apr 15, 2024

South Africa elections 2024: Political pluralism or fractured democracy?

With an increasing number of political parties, the potential of coalition politics is an imminent reality in South Africa as it heads to the polls

South Asia South Asia Weekly 14
Apr 13, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 14

The much anticipated Constituent Assembly (CA) elections were held on April 10, 2008. Despite wide-spread apprehensions, the elections were peaceful, with people turning out in huge numbers to cast their votes.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 32
Aug 11, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 32

Ending the four-month old political deadlock, Nepal's Constituent Assembly (CA) elected CPN-Maoist Chairman Prachanda as the first Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. With 464 votes, Prachanda defeated his competitor,

Sri Lanka's new Govt, and India and China
Jan 09, 2015

Sri Lanka's new Govt, and India and China

Sri Lanka's poll results have shown that President-elect Sirisena's victory was made possible by the overwhelming vote of the minorities, particularly the Sri Lankan Tamils. However, the Indian concerns on ethnic issues will be addressed wholly only when the new government and its limited TNA underwriter arrive at a negotiated settlement.

Sri Lanka, post-Geneva: It's politics now, not diplomacy
Mar 30, 2012

Sri Lanka, post-Geneva: It's politics now, not diplomacy

After the UNHRC meeting and the Indian vote against Sri Lanka, now it needs to go beyond Geneva, in the preservation of 'supreme national self-interest' in the case of both the countries. The ghost of Geneva would be hovering over them, yet Colombo should acknowledge the un-kept promises.

Sri Lanka: Poll Results and the Peace Process
Apr 06, 2004

Sri Lanka: Poll Results and the Peace Process

The just-concluded parliamentary polls in Sri Lanka may have a lesson or two for political parties in India, which too is facing elections in the coming weeks. If past parallels are any indicator of a sub-continental voter-behaviour, the average Sri Lankan has gone with bread-and-butter issues, highlighted by the United People¿s Freedom Alliance (UPFA)

Sri Lanka: UNHRC, Ukraine-Crimea and the 'neo cold war'
Mar 22, 2014

Sri Lanka: UNHRC, Ukraine-Crimea and the 'neo cold war'

Independent of the fate of the UNHRC vote this time, the recent referendum in distant Crimea should be a shocking eye-opener to Sri Lankan stake-holders of the 'ethnic issue', 'accountability calls' and all attendant concerns.

Sri Lanka: What after India's UNHRC-3
Mar 28, 2014

Sri Lanka: What after India's UNHRC-3

India's abstention from voting at the UNHRC session in Geneva means that India has now re-positioned itself to re-engage the Sri Lankan stake-holders in a constructive way, as articulated by Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid long before the vote.

Still awaiting achche din
May 06, 2015

Still awaiting achche din

A year is a lifetime in an intensely contested, democratic polity. This is why the government must squeeze out the "fat" in the system whilst planning for the future. Given the head winds building up, it is critical for the government's longevity to redeem its compact with voters by delivering real, near-term, fiscally neutral improvements in consumer welfare.

Taiwan: Challenges before re-elected President Ma
Jan 18, 2012

Taiwan: Challenges before re-elected President Ma

The election results in Taiwan show that the voters have endorsed President Ma Ying-jeou's policy of maintaining good relations with Beijing. But whether such strategy will further make Taiwan safe remains unclear.

The election imbroglio: Pakistan’s general elections and the way forward
Feb 13, 2024

The election imbroglio: Pakistan’s general elections and the way forward

The 2024 Pakistani elections is a significant indicator of the increasing vulnerability of the military in the nation's political landscape and the po

The Road to Inclusive Democracy: Measuring the Political Participation of Women in India (1951-2019)
Jul 20, 2023

The Road to Inclusive Democracy: Measuring the Political Participation of Women in India (1951-2019)

This paper analyses historical trends in women’s participation in Indian democracy as voters, contestants, and legislators, using data on state assembly elections between the first one in 1951, and 2019. The paper finds that India is witnessing a strengthening of its democracy as measured in terms of an unprecedented growth in the political participation of women in these three roles. In these 73 years of Indian democracy, the turnout of women

The Scots say it all
Sep 25, 2014

The Scots say it all

The 55-45 percent Scotland referendum against independence has revived the on-again-off-again discourse of the kind among Sri Lankan Tamils (SLT), one more time. Rather, certain Tamil web campaigns have cited even a 'No' vote in Scotland to justify their demand for a referendum in the SLT community.

The South Korean elections: Another round of political logjam?
Apr 18, 2024

The South Korean elections: Another round of political logjam?

The victory of the Opposition party in the recent South Korean elections will force the President to focus more on the domestic agenda than on foreign

Transformative elections bring post-identity politics
Apr 23, 2014

Transformative elections bring post-identity politics

The 2014 general elections are all about the economy, jobs, good governance and rising aspirations. Survey after survey conclusively agree that for most voters what matters is stable employment, steady income, corruption free governance and a decisive leadership.

Trump and Taliban’s peace agreement
Sep 01, 2021

Trump and Taliban’s peace agreement

The irony of a superpower seeking security guarantees from a non-state actor for safe withdrawal of its own forces and those of its allies would not w

Trump’s political arithmetic on Indian Americans may ease US-India trade tensions
Sep 18, 2019

Trump’s political arithmetic on Indian Americans may ease US-India trade tensions

As Trump gears up for re-election, his instruction to the Office of the US Trade Representative to draft text for a partial trade deal with India refl

Twin State assembly elections a test for  Prime Minister?
Oct 10, 2014

Twin State assembly elections a test for Prime Minister?

The electorate of two Indian states -- Maharashtra and Haryana -- is going to cast their votes on October15 to choose their government for the next five years. The big question is whether it is going to be government(s)

Understanding the complexities of the Afghan peace process
Aug 10, 2023

Understanding the complexities of the Afghan peace process

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s bold peace offer to the Taliban has aroused hopes of peace in the country torn by war for many years now. In a sweeping proposal made at the Kabul Process conference in February, President Ghani offered a ceasefire, the removal of sanctions, release of prisoners, the recognition of the Taliban as a political party, the conduct of fresh elections, and a review of the constitution. He repeated his offer in Mar

Understanding the current stalemate of the Turkish elections
May 26, 2023

Understanding the current stalemate of the Turkish elections

Despite a drop in popularity, Erdoğan managed to secure a lead over the Opposition during the recent elections

UNHRC takes 'Global War' to the ground
Mar 31, 2014

UNHRC takes 'Global War' to the ground

In Geneva UNHRC session, while West resolution against Sri Lanka, that satisfied none - possibly starting with the movers and shakers of the world that the US and Europe think they are - managed to muster 23 votes, those 'not in favour' added up to a higher 24, comprising 12 against and 12 'abstentions'

Verdict 2004: Myths and Reality
May 26, 2004

Verdict 2004: Myths and Reality

Results of the 2004 parliamentary elections have generated a serious debate among scholars and analysts following the unexpected ouster of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the victory of the Congress-led coalition. Some see it as ¿the revenge of the poor against the pro-rich image of the government¿ and there are many who ascribe this to ¿the supposed maturity and ingenuity of the India voter¿.

What an Imran Khan's win in Pakistan will mean for India
Jul 25, 2018

What an Imran Khan's win in Pakistan will mean for India

In any case, given that the elections have become controversial even before a single vote has been cast means that the legitimacy of the next government, especially one led by Imran, will be constantly questioned and challenged.

Women in Indian politics: Beyond legislative representation
Sep 27, 2023

Women in Indian politics: Beyond legislative representation

The recent development in terms of the success of the Women's Reservation Bill underscores the importance of continued efforts to ensure women's parti

Women’s Representation in India’s Parliament: Measuring Progress, Analysing Obstacles
Jul 17, 2023

Women’s Representation in India’s Parliament: Measuring Progress, Analysing Obstacles

Women’s representation in India’s Parliament is an important metric to evaluate progress in bridging gender inequities in the country. India has a female population of 662.9 million and is the largest and one of the most resilient parliamentary democracies in the world. As the country completes 75 years of independence, this paper gives a historical account of the progress in women’s representation in Parliament over the past decades. It co

अमेरिकन निवडणुकीवरील ‘भारतीय’ प्रभाव
Dec 07, 2020

अमेरिकन निवडणुकीवरील ‘भारतीय’ प्रभाव

अमेरिकेतील भारतीय वंशाच्या नागरिकांची संख्या दहा वर्षात दीडशे पटीने वाढली आहे. त्यामुळे ते अमेरिकेतील ५० राज्यात एक राजकीय शक्ती म्हणून उदयास आले आहेत.

इस्रायलमधील सत्तापालटाचा अन्वयार्थ
Jun 17, 2021

इस्रायलमधील सत्तापालटाचा अन्वयार्थ

नेतान्याहूंना सत्तापटलापासून दूर करण्यासाठी गेल्या दोन वर्षांत चार निवडणुका पार पडाव्या लागल्या.

ट्रम्प यांना आव्हान कोण देणार?
Feb 19, 2020

ट्रम्प यांना आव्हान कोण देणार?

महाभियोगातून अमेरिकेचे राष्ट्राध्यक्ष ट्रम्प सुटतील, हे अपेक्षित होते. पण चार महिन्यातील या गोंधळाला अमेरिकन मतदार कसा प्रतिसाद देणार, हे पाहायला हवे.

दक्षिण कोरियाच्या निवडणुका: राजकीय गोंधळाची आणखी एक फेरी?
Apr 25, 2024

दक्षिण कोरियाच्या निवडणुका: राजकीय गोंधळाची आणखी एक फेरी?

अलीकडेच पार पडलेल्या दक्षिण कोरियाच्या निवडणुकीत विरोध

दाँव पर लगा है दलित राजनीति की पैरोकार मायावती का राजनीतिक भविष्य
Jun 17, 2019

दाँव पर लगा है दलित राजनीति की पैरोकार मायावती का राजनीतिक भविष्य

अपने मूल वोट बैंक पर अपनी कमजोर पकड़, घमंडी दृष्टिकोण और कम

नेपाळच्या मतदारांची उदासीनता लोकशाहीला धोकादायक
Aug 18, 2023

नेपाळच्या मतदारांची उदासीनता लोकशाहीला धोकादायक

नेपाळची लोकशाही म्हणजे केवळ अपरिपक्व राजकारण बनले आहे. त्यामुळे मतदारांमध्ये निवडणुकांविषयी उदासीनता दिसून येत आहे.

पाकिस्तान मध्ये सार्वत्रिक निवडणुकीनंतरचा गोंधळ
Feb 26, 2024

पाकिस्तान मध्ये सार्वत्रिक निवडणुकीनंतरचा गोंधळ

2024 च्या पाकिस्तानी निवडणुका हे देशाच्या राजकीय परिदृश्य�

भूतानच्या चौथ्या राष्ट्रीय विधानसभा निवडणुकीचे विश्लेषण
Feb 16, 2024

भूतानच्या चौथ्या राष्ट्रीय विधानसभा निवडणुकीचे विश्लेषण

जगाच्या अनेक भागांतील निवडणुकांच्या उलट, भूतानने त्याच�