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Science, Nation State, and Democracy

In an attempt to go beyond the formal ideas of democracy, especially the much-vouched frameworks of electoral-ism, new lifeworlds of democracy are reimagined.

The Disqualification Debate

Locating Rahul Gandhi’s “disqualification” within the legal-constitutional frameworks en­ables us to generate evaluative questions for thinking about constitutional democracy: What are the objectives of disqualification and how integral is it to achieving accredited and nor­mative standards of democracy?

The Democratic Dilemma of Transparency

Patching Development: Information Politics and Social Change in India by Rajesh Veeraraghavan, Oxford University Press, 2021; pp 254, £19.99.

Altruistic and Monadic Liberalism 

The overwhelming question that still disturbs political theory is why some democracies accept COVID-19-appropriate behaviour more readily than others. On consideration, it would appear that there are two kinds of liberal democracies today. “Monadic democracy” prevails in those polities that came into being after overthrowing monarchy and subsequently instituting republicanism. “Altruistic democracy” is the other kind of liberal democracy that emerged after overthrowing a foreign power.

Modernity with a Brand

The takeover of NDTV by the Adani Group points to the lack of regulatory mechanisms regarding media ownership in India. It illustrates that Indian media is rapidly heading towards media concentration. The takeover is a disconcerting marker of the growing infl uence of top business conglomerates on news media for their commercial gains and to serve their political patrons. Equally problematic are the trends of news, media organisations, and journalists turning into brands in the open market. These developments have posed a serious threat to the freedom of speech, a basic feature of modern democracy. Bhupen

Brazil Elections

While the election of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is a necessary step towards saving the Brazilian political democracy, its social fabric has been severely weakened by the far right. It will take years to begin rebuilding a decent and inclusive society, where all Brazilians, including minorities and the marginalised, feel safe and can thrive.

 

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