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Ajaz Ashraf

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Points judges don’t get about EVM

Points judges don’t get about EVM

Concerns about opacity, discrepancies in polling data that tend to go unexplained and vulnerability of machines to manipulation give us reason to be suspicious about the existing electronic voting system

22 April,2024 06:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
Why our democracy is a charade

Why our democracy is a charade

Only the wealthy can dream of contesting elections, an exercise that can be viewed as a means to control the masses and legitimise State policies promoting the interests of big businesses

15 April,2024 06:42 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
The old man and democratic reforms

The old man and democratic reforms

Jagdeep Singh Chhokar, 80, has been working tirelessly for 25 years to make Indian politics transparent. His patience bore fruit recently with the striking down of the electoral bond scheme

08 April,2024 06:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
Imagining Modi out of power

Imagining Modi out of power

Such a scenario, unlikely as it would seem, would pose an existential threat to the PM. To avoid any such surprises, he is producing nightmares for the Opposition in the run-up to the Lok Sabha poll

01 April,2024 06:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
Electoral bond betrays BJP’s Ram Rajya

Electoral bond betrays BJP’s Ram Rajya

Data disclosure reinforces suspicion that State coercion fuelled donations from businesses in what is arguably the biggest scam in the history of independent India

18 March,2024 06:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
No community like the Sikhs

No community like the Sikhs

The roots of the farmer movement lie in the Sikh cultural tradition, where acting politically and justly, even in the face of certain death, is an aspect of religious practice

11 March,2024 06:49 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
Is there a jinni in the EVM?

Is there a jinni in the EVM?

The answer: No. But the deep suspicion about electronic voting can be quelled by only allowing voters to personally drop VVPAT slips into a box and counting 100 per cent of them in each constituency

04 March,2024 04:03 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
Time for caste quota in private sector

Time for caste quota in private sector

Public sector is shrinking rapidly, and the upper-caste leadership of companies that aren’t State-controlled is disinclined to voluntarily undertake affirmative action. I.N.D.I.A must take up this issue

26 February,2024 06:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
Revolution in Sakina’s Kiss

Revolution in Sakina’s Kiss

Subtle and profound, author Vivek Shanbhag’s book explores, through fiction, the meaning that the idea of revolution holds for those whose faith in India’s democracy has been eroded

19 February,2024 06:49 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
Emperor complex in Modi era

Emperor complex in Modi era

By seeking to heap humiliation on a community for political ends and ruthlessly clamping down on regional powers, the BJP seems to be modelling itself on the absolute monarchs it professes to loathe

12 February,2024 06:49 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf

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