Prof. Rajvir Sharma12

Compromising Democracy: What It Foretells For The Future Of India?

Democracy is seen as the best of all systems of government. It is a system that enables people to realize their best potentials and aspirations as well. It promotes equity, equality, justice and freedom, the most cherished values of a civilized society. It is a system that aims at ensuring fraternity, brotherhood and commonality of concerns for a responsive and responsible governance and government based on debates, dialogues, discussions and critiques relating to the governmental decisions and policies and their operations. To serve these critical democratic goals, an architecture determined constitutionally is put in place.

Besides the Legislature, Executive and independent Judiciary, political parties, free press and a civil society are the other vanguards of the societal interests. But what if the constitutional mechanisms and political processes are sought to be maneuvered as tools of selfish political ends especially by the practitioners of the political system that is democracy?

Sidharth Mishra 2

Expecting Too Much From Imran Khan

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has advised Prime Minister NarendraModi to accept Pakistan’s Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan’s offer of friendship and add a positive dimension to tense relations between New Delhi and Islamabad.

Mehbooba feels that a better relationship with Pakistan means the ending of bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir. Cricketer-turned politician Khan, in his first public address after leading his party to victory in the general elections, had said Pakistan is ready to improve its ties with India and his government would like the leaders of the two sides to resolve all disputes including the ‘core issue’ of Kashmir through talks. Khan, whose party emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly elections, has also asserted that the blame game between the two neighbours should stop.

Nadeem Nusrat

Army Scripting Pakistan Poll Outcome

The recent actions of Pakistan’s military establishment have cast serious doubts over the impartiality and transparency of the upcoming general election in Pakistan on July 25. In the light of startling details of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI’s meddling into civilian and judicial matters revealed by Justice Shaukat Siddiqui, it now seems beyond any doubt that Pakistan’s military has already decided the winners and losers when the voting hasn’t even begun. In view of this blatant pre-poll rigging and mockery of the mandate of Pakistani people, the world must scrutinize this election very closely and must not rush into accepting its results.

The scores of recent events and incidents had already proved it beyond any doubt that Pakistan’s military establishment has decided to make playboy-turned-politician Imran Khan the next prime minister of the country. The recent speech of Justice Shaukat Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court, in which he revealed the details of how the ISI is coercing the judiciary to penalise political parties and individuals not favoured by the military establishment, it is now firmly established that the upcoming election is anything but fair and transparent.

Ashish Sood

A Failed Administrator, Kejriwal Now Adopting Distractive Politics

After eagerly waiting around two third duration of his tenure, the people of Delhi have lost hope in the lofty poll promises of AAP chief ArvindKejriwal. The erstwhile ‘corruption crusader’ is now not able to ensure minimum requirements the people would expect from an elected government but have adopted the policy of ‘distraction’ on issues of public concern.

Preparation for and handling of monsoon season in Delhi has been considered a yardstick for a performing and functioning government in Delhi. It is the monsoon season when city needs a fulltime government on roads to take care of public transports, water logging, potholed roads, traffic management, and health problems. In this crucial period the Chief Minister of Delhi, who has not taken up any department to make himself free for public grievances and supervision of government works, has gone to ten days leave to Bangalore. Back home his government, after giving permission to cut the trees for a redevelopment project in South Delhi has connived with some NGOs and engaged in blame game with the Central government. Here he is showing concern on environment but mum on number of busses he had promised to purchase to improve the level of pollution in Delhi. AAP government much hyped plantation drive is also a failure as according to his official data between2015-17, very dense forest cover in Delhi declined from 6.94 sq.km.To 6.72 sq. km. while additions of new trees in Delhi’s green cover was insignificant.

Sidharth Mishra

Apex Court Order On Delhi Counsels Both LG, Council of Ministers

The AamAadmi Party (AAP) should celebrate the Supreme Court last week’s order as a major political victoryonly with a pinch of salt. Though the judgment in spirit may be seen to be backing the elected government it has done little in words to add to the powers of the city’s political executive. There are three major points to ponder over, which in essence will not allow any material change in the relationship between Delhi Secretariat and the Raj Niwas. These are:

  • The Supreme Court has upheld its earlier nine-judge bench judgment which ruled out full-statehood for Delhi.
  • It has not enhanced the limited powers of legislation of Delhi Assembly.  
  • The Supreme Court has not set aside the Delhi High Court order which had upheld the MHA notification of May 21, 2015.

Delivering the majority judgment in the matter, Chief Justice DipakMisra said, “Delhi can't have powers of a full state in view of an earlier nine-judge judgment.” Even in his separate but concurring judgment, Justice DY Chandrachud says, “The real power must lie in the elected representatives in a democracy. They owe responsibility to the legislature. But balance has to be struck considering the special status of the Delhi and fundamental concerns as Delhi is the National Capital.” With statehood ruled out and special status of Delhi upheld as the national capital, the order rather deflates AAP’s recently launched political campaign for full statehood for Delhi.