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Jagdeep S Chhokar, one of the founders and trustees of Association for Democratic Reforms, interviewed by Ajaz Ashraf ( India is often hailed for its democracy, for empowering its poor and ordinary citizens to participate in the electoral process and play a role in shaping the country. This narrative has increasingly come under strain since the Supreme Court, through its March 2003 judgment in Union of India vs Association for Democratic Reforms, made it mandatory for candidates contesting elections to disclose their wealth, educational qualification, and criminal cases pending...

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Despite hype, demonetization missed all goals -Sneha Alexander & Vishnu Padmanabhan Note ban was the biggest move by the Narendra Modi-led govt, but it was also its most underwhelming initiative, judged by the economic impact it had MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI: Mumbai: Of all the initiatives of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, none was as historic or dramatic as the decision to demonetize high-value currency notes. On 8 November 2016, in a televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared...

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The government's anti-Corruption scorecard -Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri

-The Hindu The last five years have seen consistent attacks on anti-Corruption laws and institutions The popular sentiment that helped the BJP in the 2014 general election was resentment against Corruption in public life. The party’s clarion call for a Corruption-free India resonated with the electorate, who believed the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate when he pledged, “Na khaunga, na khane dunga (neither will I indulge in Corruption, nor allow anyone else to...

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Rahul's minimum income plan is fatally flawed -SA Aiyar

-The Times of India blog Indira Gandhi’s ‘Garibi Hatao’ swept the polls in 1971. Rahul Gandhi hopes to follow suit with NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana), promising a minimum income of Rs 72,000 per year to the 50 million poorest families. Garibi Hatao flopped badly. So will NYAY unless totally rethought. Indian parties have a consensus on cash grants to the needy. Schemes in Telangana, Odisha and Jharkhand have been followed by Modi’s...

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Delhi: All graft cases to go to new court complex -Abhinav Garg

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: For the very first time, Delhi will get a single court complex where all Corruption-related cases pending in various city courts will be tried. The move is likely to put anti-graft trials on a fast-track and free up existing courtrooms for other cases. After a long wait, Delhi high court decided to kick-start the capital’s newest court complex on from April 9 by shifting all Prevention...

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