“Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex” - Karl Marx
Maleeha Lodhi
IN one of the most consequential elections in America’s recent history, the presidential contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has been mired in fierce contention and acrimony. Apart from the charged environment in which the campaign is taking place, legal challenges to voting procedures have been mounting in many states — a portent of the political turbulence that may lie ahead.  

Just two weeks away, the election is being viewed with rising concern in the US and beyond over
Suhit K Sen
Stan Swamy, a Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist, was arrested in Ranchi on 9 October. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which carried out the arrest, claimed he was a member of the CPI (Maoist) organisation. It appears that anyone who works for Dalit rights, or is not in full agreement with the toxic ideology of the Sangh parivar, must be a Maoist.

  Through the ten days that have passed since the arrest of the 83-year-old priest and activist, protests have been stag
Anand Kochukudy
With just ten days to go for the firstphase of the Bihar Assembly election, a closer contest than initially anticipated is on the cards. To many observers, the National Democratic Alliance seemed invincible just about a month ago, but that was until alliances were firmed up and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) decided to break ranks in the state.

The NDA might have the arithmetic going for it on account of Bharatiya Janata Party (
Shailesh Gandhi
Fifteen years back, the Right To Information (RTI) Act became operational on October 12, 2005. It was the auspicious day of Vijayadashmi. It appeared to herald a new evolution in Indian democracy. Citizens who had been advocating this law saw an opportunity of converting India's defective elective democracy into a true participatory democracy that will give citizens true freedom.  

The RTI movement which had begun in Devdungri village in Rajasthan with Aruna Roy in the early 1990s


Our Constitution has taken up the charge of transforming a hierarchical society into a modern equalitarian democracy. In a Parliamentary democracy based on a written Constitution, it is the role of the Judiciary (predominantly the Supreme Court) to interpret it. The court itself has supposed the role of the guardian and interpreter of the Constitution of India. For the purpose of interpretation, the independence of the Judiciary from any external source, including the political executive needs t...

Issue in foreign Policy


Parthu Venkatesh P

Since 1951, Pakistan is the only country in South Asia after India to have diplomatic relations with People's Republic of China (PRC). The two states have time-tested relations and are known as the all-weather friends. China had provided tactical support to Pakistan during the 1965 war with India in which it was defeated. China had also helped Pakistan in the Wake of Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in. However, in February 2006, while addressing the Pakistan-China Business Forum, former President...

Issue in foreign Policy

Are America's International Commitments trustworthy?

Nayan Anand

Since the inception of his term as the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has been a favourite of the media. Be his kooky Tweets that take the internet by storm or his determined approach towards putting America first, Trump sure knows how to catch the eyeballs of both world leaders and the public alike. In the past few months, Trump went a step ahead to shake the world by his strong messages of 'America First' policy. In the same regard, the global power landscape saw ...


Right to Freedom of Choice, Right to Abortion: Ireland's new Abortion Referendum

Nayan Anand


The recent time can be attributed to both progress and protests alike. Caught up in the progressive third wave of feminism, there are women all over the world now coming out on the streets to fight and demand basic rights that have been denied to them. Be it the abrogation of the infamous Triple Talaq rule or the dynamic demand for changes in the abortion laws of Ireland, positive changes in the gender scenario are now foreseeable. Speaking about one such vic...