Abstract In the first general election held to the Kerala State Legislative Assembly in February-March 1957, the Communists won sixty seats out of 126. With the support of five independents, the Communists formed government under the leadership of E.M.S. Namboodiripad on 5 April 1957. This was for the first time in India the Communists came
Introduction Election constitutes an entry point for democratization through representing the general will of the people. In modern representative democracies, as far as most decisions and decision making are concerned, citizens participate indirectly through elections. For achieving these objectives, elections have to be free, fair and transparent so that voters’ wish can be reflected. Here
When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred Balochistan, the troubled province of Pakistan, in his address from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th August 2016, the occasion reminded many of us the multi-layered inside story of the days that unwillingly created the situation for Balochistan to accede to Pakistan. The concept of Balochistan as
Everyone is talking about it, the media, the non-official political Opposition and even sections of the Colombo-based diplomatic corps! But the people concerned, be it the Government of the day, its various partners, and the official Leader of the Opposition, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in this case, continue to maintain stoic silence. When they
Introduction The concept of regional cooperation emerged late in South Asia, and it was only during the seventies that various political and economic factors created a friendly environment. As a result of the lengthy deliberations among the member countries of the region, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) came into existence on 8
Humanitarian Groups, Journalists, and Rights Monitors Need Access The Burmese government and army should urgently ensure humanitarian aid can reach ethnic Rohingya and other vulnerable populations in northern Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. Government security operations have cut off assistance to tens of thousands of people and forced many to flee their homes.
A Pakistani view on the strategic implications of a new Indian nuclear city There have been repeated confirmed reports that India is constructing a new nuclear city at Challakere, Karnataka. The city-size complex will produce highly enriched uranium to not only fuel its nuclear powered submarines, but also feed its thermonuclear bombs. The local population
Over the weekend, a draft framework copy of the ‘Counter Terrorism Act’ (CTA) – the legislation intended to replace the draconian ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act’ (PTA) – was leaked to the press. The contents of the text, available here, are deeply disturbing. As it currently stands, the PTA enables arbitrary arrest and long periods of