The shift to proportional representation: Is it time for India?

SATISH MISRA Democracies constantly evolve to meet the demands of changing times and the requirements of their citizens. This continuous unfolding includes reforms in the electoral system, such as in India. Debate and discussion over the issue of First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) versus Proportional Representation (PR) electoral systems have been ongoing for decades. The issue regained momentum after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) … Continue reading The shift to proportional representation: Is it time for India?

Swachh Bharat Mission: Achievements and challenges

Swachh Bharat Mission: Achievements and challenges   19 Jul 2017 A common sight or practice in the countryside of a developing country is people going out of their homes to defecate in the open. Generally, toilets are not constructed within premises due to a number of reasons, i.e., defecating within the house is considered unholy; the practice pollutes the house; some households are either not … Continue reading Swachh Bharat Mission: Achievements and challenges

The Teesta water dispute: Geopolitics, myth and economics

The Teesta water dispute: Geopolitics, myth and economics MAYA MIRCHANDANI The confluence of the Rangeet and Teesta rivers, in Darjeeling’s Teesta Bazaar. The Teesta is on the right. t the top of the Himalayas in Sikkim, from the waters of the Khangse and Zemu glaciers that feed the Tso Lhamo lake in a high plateau just north-east of the mighty Kanchenjunga, the Teesta springs to … Continue reading The Teesta water dispute: Geopolitics, myth and economics