Direct Democracy: The Need for Referendums and Initiatives in India

Direct Democracy: The Need for Referendums and Initiatives in India Thee shalt not assume thy election as a means of usurping mine rights onto yourself – Author In India, the rhetoric of functional direct democracy at the village level is loosely used to present pride and unchecked incapacity both at …

Student Politics – Genesis and Relevance in today’s world

Politics is an integral aspect of everyone’s life-one may be unaware of this fact. It is like the air that we breathe; these days the air is also politically influenced. Does not politics affect things which impact the quality of air? Even intertwined in every aspect of life, politics conspicuously …

Triple Talaq Verdict – Breaking the myths

In Islam, Talaq is divorce initiated by husband while Khula is divorce initiated by the wife. Broadly, Talaq can be classified into Talaq-ul-Sunnat, which is revocable and Talaq-ul-Biddat, which is irrevocable. The latter is also referred to as Triple Talaq. Talaq-ul-Sunnat is further of two types, Talaq-e-Ahsan and Talaq-e-Hasan. Even …

The Story of Demonetisation and the cult of the Majestic Leader

  I haven’t written on policy matters for long, and a complicated exercise in economics, called demonetisation, got me reading and subsequently writing. Thanks to the Internet, getting into the heart of the affair was not difficult, as literature was aplenty, but some things that I did unearth alongside were particularly …

Can I troll you please?

The recent controversy over television presenter Mayanti Langar, wife of cricketer Suart Binny, being trolled on twitter and other social media platforms for the cricketing performance of her husband is indeed appalling. The extent to which people would go to abuse someone who is not even the direct subject of …

Open Defecation

Once a lady was asked, “Why don’t you chop using a chopper instead of a knife?” And she replied, “What difference does that make? It is all the more same for me, and when I am habituated to use a knife and chop the stuff easily since years, why do …

Tobacco Taxation: Tax to Save Lives

Introduction India is facing the dual burden of communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) wherein NCDs account for more than half of deaths (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, MoHFW 2015). The burden of NCDs is exacerbated by high prevalence of tobacco use which is a huge economic burden to the …