political parties

Fortune Cookie: Bonding with the Lottery King

V Shoba

How lottery king Santiago Martin became the top donor to political parties

The Wages of Profligacy

Behind the political anger directed at the Election Commission for asking parties to explain how they plan to fund their promised freebies lies an ever-growing threat to the Indian economy

EC proposes parties reveal how much freebies will cost

Draft proposal intended to improve accountability in politics and deliver a reality check on poll promises

No Freebies on Modi’s Watch

Competitive populism has put the finances of several states in peril. Fixing the faultlines starts with making a distinction between unmerited subsidies and targeted benefits for the needy

Scandal-hit Deras: Lost Blessings

Scandal-hit deras are losing their electoral pull in Haryana

Kashmir’s Year of Trial

Building faith in the democratic intentions of the Union Government will be a long haul

Open Diary

The dynamics of election management

True Lies and Fake News

The pointlessness of social media regulation in the time of elections


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