Medha Patkar

Democracy
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Politics & Political Commentary

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, […]

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EVM taken home by officer on election duty in Varanasi
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Corruption
Politics & Political Commentary

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

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 […]

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EVM address tag found on street in North East Mumbai constituency
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General
Politics & Political Commentary

Address tag on EVM machine found on road in Medha Patkar’s 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 […]

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Politics & Political Commentary

Public speaking feedback for Arvind Kejriwal

Dear Arvind Kejriwal, Today’s “Historic Speech” disappointed me. I am glad of the main outcome – that you are planning to contest against Narendra Modi. I agree that Modi needs to be defeated soundly. However, today’s speech could have been far more. I know you are not obliged to cater to expectations, but I do […]

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Democracy
Politics & Political Commentary

Election Commission Corruption BJP Conspiracy, blackout Kejriwal campaign

Press release by Ravinder Singh of the “Sabka Bharat Party” raises some pretty strong points. I am willing to publish any rebuttals made as well. 1.  It is Corrupt Election Commission didn’t Record Expenses Narendra Modi Election Campaign for Poll Related Expenditure which cost up to Rs.50 crores to Rs.100 crore per rally mobilizing up to a […]

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