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More than 1000 Citizens write to CM Devendra Fadnavis opposing proposed Aadhaar-Voter ID linking

The Times of India reported on July 22 that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had written to India’s Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora regarding linking voter IDs with the Aadhaar number. The report quoted Fadnavis as saying “that this linkage will help prevent bogus and ensure that there is proper identification of voters”. A subsequent …

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Issues with calculating VVPAT Sample Size

Auditing VVPATs has been a headline issue in this election season. A delegation of 22 political parties requested the Election Commission to tally the EVM votes with the VVPAT slips for 50% of the booths in each constituency. The Election Commission rejected the request, leaving the delegation to move the Supreme Court with the same …

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A scathing indictment of the once respected, now suspected Election Commission of India

This post has been based on the tweets of @kanwal33 To the once respected but now suspected Chief Electioner Commissioner of India Sunil Arora, India’s electorate as well as opposition political parties were apprehensive of foul play at your end. They’ve caught you red handed and found clear evidence that, in 373 constituencies, there is a …

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EVM Discrepancies Map (According to data published and deleted by ECI)

The following is an attempt to visualize discrepancies in the numbers of votes reported as polled and the number of votes counted from EVMs. The data of results is from the Election Commission of India website. The data on votes cast per constituency for phases 1-4 is from documents the ECI had uploaded on its …

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Violence at Aligarh Muslim University and the role of Republic TV

Shocking reports emerge of the role played by Republic TV in the events that unfolded at the Aligarh Muslim Universtity campus. Reports from students describe incitement, accusations of “terrorist college” and violence by BJP activists, including a gun fired. Not the first time that TV crews were present and ready to cover BJP affiliated violence.

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Temple carvers unite against scourge of silicosis

Pindwara, a small town in Sirohi district of Rajasthan, is the main hub for India’s temple-building industry. In the past three years, this sector has been found to spread fatal disease and death through silicosis among men, some as young as 19 years. The Swaminarayan sect’s imposing Akshardham temple, Bihar and Jharkhand’s Jain mandirs, renovations…