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Distinction between free speech, sedition is being lost sight of by establishment -Madan B Lokur

-The Indian Express Madan B Lokur writes: It is time for the establishment to realise that the people of this country mean well, and in any Democracy, there are bound to be different points of view. A gradual erosion of one of our most precious fundamental rights — the right to freedom of speech and expression — is adversely impacting the liberty of all those who dare to speak up. Our freedom...

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Lynchings, migrant deaths, student suicides: 20 things Union govt doesn't have data on

-TheNewsMinute.com In the season of ‘no data available’ TNM lists an exhaustive number of things that the Union Government claims it has no data on. After the Union Government’s response of ‘no data available’ to several questions in the parliament, the way in which the country’s official statistics and data is being managed has come into question.  While it has become fodder for many memes, the dearth of data, either due to...

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The Indian Economy on The Verge Of Collapse -Prabhat Patnaik

-Networkideas.org The GDP growth in the first quarter (April-June) of 2020 over the first quarter of the previous year has been minus 24 per cent according to preliminary official estimates. But most knowledgeable people believe that even this is an underestimate of the actual contraction brought about by the lockdown. In fact, a former chief statistician of India, Pronab Sen, believes that the actual contraction would have been about 32 per...

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Kesavananda Bharati — the petitioner who saved Democracy, but lost his case in Supreme Court -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu The historic Fundamental Rights case prevented the nation from slipping into a totalitarian regime Kesavananda Bharati Swamiji, the sole unwitting petitioner in the historic Fundamental Rights case which prevented the nation from slipping into a totalitarian regime, died on Sunday. He was 80. Though the judgment is a landmark, the Swamiji did not win any relief in the case. The amendments in the Kerala land reforms law which he had challenged...

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‘Understanding today’s Democracy capture requires rewriting democratic theory’ -Yogendra Yadav

-Scroll.in An excerpt from the introduction to Yadav’s new book, ‘Making Sense Of Indian Democracy: Theory as Practice’. That was foreshadowed by Congress’ victory in the wake of the Sikh massacre and followed by Modi’s victories in the Gujarat assembly elections, held in the wake of the anti-Muslim pogrom of 2002. We should have known about the dark side of Indian Democracy. At any rate, we are no longer now looking at...

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