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An Appeal to Protect the Archives

We, the undersigned, express our deepest concerns over the troubling method and manner of division currently being initiated at the Andhra Pradesh State Archives and the Andhra Pradesh Government Oriental Manuscripts Library. The dissolution of Andhra Pradesh state and the formation of the new Telangana and Residuary Andhra Pradesh States has created the need to apportion state administrative functions at all levels, including these research institutions.

Engendering Hope Among Muslim Youth

It seems that the Aam Aadmi Party’s politics has found resonance among Muslim youth. Disgruntled with the Congress and other secular parties, the new generation of educated Muslims are flocking to AAP, who they think would provide them with a non-discriminatory and an enabling environment for fulfilling their aspirations.

The Dignity of Santana Mondal

Santana Mondal, a dalit woman supporter of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), was attacked by Trinamool Congress men for defying their diktat and exercising her franchise. This incident illustrates the nature of the large-scale violence which has marred the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal. Serious allegations of booth capturing and voter intimidation have been levelled against the ruling TMC.

The Bare Lives of Kashmiris

Given the scale of human rights violations and miscarriage of justice in Kashmir, there is an urgent need to set up something akin to international criminal tribunal for the state. For the present legal institutions in Kashmir, it seems, are programmed more to serve the interests of the Indian state in the name of “national security” than to dispense justice.

Why the Maharashtra Housing Act, 2012 Should be Repealed

Does the Maharashtra Housing Act, 2012, notified for implementation on 24 th February 2014, weaken the existing legal architecture available under the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act, 1963? Or does it strengthen the proposed framework under the Real Estate Bill, 2013 or nullifies the reform provisions provided under it? This article attempts to unfold and decipher the provisions of the Maharashtra Housing Act, 2012 vis-à-vis the Real Estate Bill, 2013, with the provisions of the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act, 1963 in hindsight, which this Act has now repealed.

Between formal and substantive legitimacy

The simple majority or the First Past the Post system extant in India suffers from a number of flaws, even if some of them have been mitigated by the nature of political contestation and the social upsurge in the country. Primarily these flaws have to do with lack of substantive “representativeness”, possible issues with accountability among others. A proportional representation system with the provision of a single transferable vote could be a better alternative to the FPTP system.

The "High Turnout" in ongoing Lok Sabha polls - What could explain it?

The ongoing Lok Sabha elections have clearly shown a higher turnout in most states as compared to previous Lok Sabha elections. Is this an one-off phenomenon? A look at the polling percentages in recent assembly elections suggests that there has been a general increase in voter participation over the past few years. What could be the reason?

Uttar Pradesh - Communal Polarisation vs Caste Calculus

After a long time, the focus of the electorate in Uttar Pradesh is on the two national parties much to the discomfiture of regional ones. Whether Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party stand to gain from the changing caste dynamics in the state or the Congress from the increased communal polarisation post-Muzzafarnagar riots, is difficult to say.

Muslims in Uttar Pradesh

The political parties need to redefine their engagement with Muslim communities in Uttar Pradesh and go beyond the imaginary phenomenon of “Muslim vote bank”. Instead of just limiting themselves to issues regarding their safety and security, the political parties need to take cognizance of the existing diversity within Muslims based on caste and class and address their socio-economic concerns.

Muslims of Telangana: A Ground Report

With the creation of Telangana, the polarisation between Hindus and Muslims has become sharper. The new aspirations of the Muslims for socio-economic benefits and political representations is being viewed by the dominant community as aggressive re-assertion by the Muslims, who were otherwise dormant and subdued in the integrated state of Andhra Pradesh.

The Battle for Ballot in North-East India

In all likelihood, the so called “Modi wave” will not dent the Congress party’s prospects in north-east India, its stronghold. Though there are a number of political parties contesting the elections in the region, the main battle is going to be fought between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. In the current scenario, the hypothesis that there will be a pan-NE commonality in voter choice stands irrelevant with the presence of diverse issues and multiple players.

Left Parties - Pragmatic or Dogmatic?

In the run-up to the 2014 general elections, the Left parties have hardly made their presence felt. To make themselves relevant in the prevailing socio-political climate, the Left parties will have to be pragmatic and reinvent themselves, or perhaps head towards a terminal decline.

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