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Tag: Medha Patkar

India at 70: democratic accountability is an endangered species

Democracies are expected to empower citizens to take genuine control of instruments of the state for their development. At the core of this concept is the idea that citizens will participate in governance at the local level, making decisions for themselves, and vote in representatives to legislatures for higher-level decisions. India is an implausible democracy, …

Lok Sabha Elections, Electronic Voting Machines and persistent whispers of EVM rigging #updated

EVM taken home by officer on election duty in Varanasi

That Electronic Voting Machines are not tamper proof has been well established, including by the High Court of Delhi judgment on the Public Interest Litigation filed by Dr. Subramanian Swamy in 2012. There have been previous suspicions of Electoral Fraud by rigging Electronic voting machines. Notable among these are the article by Dr. Subramanian Swamy in …

Address tag on EVM machine found on road in Medha Patkar’s constituency

EVM address tag found on street in North East Mumbai constituency

Medha Patkar has filed a complaint with the Election Commission. The address tag used to identify EVM machines for one of the machines in her constituency was found on the road last evening. This raises the possibility of EVM tampering. After all, Subramanian Swamy, BJP’s resident expert on EVM tampering has declared that EVM fraud has …