The governments counter-affidavit in a recent suit could strip the ECI of its power to disqualify candidates for fraudulent accounts or put an end to the pandemic of paid news.
reports on civil society attempts to stop the subversion of the ECs powers.
The Delhi High Court's dismissal of Ashok Chavan's petition and the CIC's orders to the Press Council to make its report on 'paid news'
public promise many blushes for Big Media and platinum-tier politicians, writes
The official line is simple. Since we cannot afford to feed all the hungry, there must only be as many hungry as we can afford to feed.
The truth is the government seeks ways to spend less and less on the very food security it talks about, writes
In 2006-08, Maharashtra saw 12, 493 farm suicides. That is 85 per cent higher than the 6,745 suicides it recorded during 1997-1999. And the worst
three-year period for any State, any time.
The share of the 'suicide belt' - Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh - remains very
high; these states account for two-thirds of the total farm suicides in the country.
Well-known PR firms, professional designers, and ad agencies served the richer parties and candidates. They made up 'news' items in the standard fonts
and sizes of the desired newspapers and even 'customised' the items to make them seem exclusive in different publications.
Growing numbers of elected representatives fund their poll campaigns with corporate backing. And growing numbers of people with a big business
background have ventured directly into the electoral arena, writes
Ask for expansion of the NREGS, universal access to the PDS, more spending on health and education - and there's no money. But there?s enough to give
away to the corporate world in concessions, writes
Over decades of reporting, he has established himself as among the pre-eminent chroniclers of rural life in our times. His stories, photo-essays, and other work record an India seldom visible to many of us. Sainath received the A.H. Boerma Award in 2001 for his contributions. In July 2004, he was awarded the Prem Bhatia Award for excellence in political reporting and analysis for 2003-04 in recognition of his 'outstanding, indeed exceptional, work on the problems of the poorest of the poor, especially in Andhra Pradesh.' He is the Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu.