Commentaries & Articles
Should our tryst with EVMs end?
The Electronic Voting Machines have attracted a lot of attention in the media of late. Why is it that technologically advanced countries like the United States (Florida), Germany, Netherlands and Ireland have rejected the use of these machines? There are informed articles by experts like J Alex Halderman that suggest that these machines can be tampered with or hacked by experts to fudge the results. There is no way of recounting or double-checks. Why then has India alone placed such an oracular faith in the EVM? Do we have the technology that is different and superior to anything else in the world? Could this endanger democracy? Do we need a serious rethink? A. Surya Prakash carries out an in depth analysis.
Ethics in Governance - The Government has Promises to Keep
“You must be the change you wish to see in this world. As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves”. The report of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) on Ethics in Governance begins with this quote from Mahatma Gandhi. At first glance this quote from the Mahatma would seem like a routine cut and paste job by a hack who is burdened with the task of churning out a commission report.
Memorial for Martyrs of Massacres
The Polish President who perished on April 10, 2010 in the air crash along with the top hierarchy of that country was on his way to pay homage to 22000 Poles massacred in cold blood by the red Army of Stalin. Known as the Katyn massacre, it was a mass murder of Polish intelligentsia in 1940 approved by the entire Soviet Politburo including Joseph Stalin and Lavrentiy Beria. A memorial was, later erected, as homage to the victims of the massacre.
Pakistan's Military Exercise AZM-E-NAU: Need To Monitor Scale and Scope
Pakistan’s Director General of Military Training(DGMT) Maj Gen Muzzammal Hussein and the DGISPR, Maj Gen Athar Abbas at a recent joint press conference in Rawalpindi outlined the details of a large scale Military Exercise code named Azm-e-Nau (A New Beginning) being held from 10 Apr-13 May 2010.1 Pakistan’s Air force Exercise High Mark 2010 it was said, will be fully integrated with the Army exercise.2 The Pakistan Army Chief, Gen Kayani stated that “this exercise would be bigger than Ex Zarbe Momein”.3 It is noteworthy that Zarbe Momein was so far the
Compulsory Voting - An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Mr.Deenanath Kushwaha of the Samajwadi Party won the Deoria seat in the election held in May, 2007 to elect a new state assembly in the Northern state of Uttar Pradesh. So, what?, you would think. Mr.Kushwaha’s success would certainly be a worthless addition to the clutter of information that bombards you every minute in the internet age, until you see the fine print and realize the implications of this candidate’s “victory” to our democracy and the system of representation in our legislatures. Deoria Assembly Constituency in Uttar Pradesh has 3.49 lakh voters.
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