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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

#MetooIndia: the future is female. Or is it really?

The burgeoning movement has spilled forth beyond the confines of the film and entertainment industry. But how far will it go?

#MeToo movement rumbles on in India

Working up public outrage is an art and not all political parties are able to create mass hysteria.

México, India, el mundo: violencia de género como problema de justicia social

En la crisis de violencia de género deben contemplarse todas sus posibles aristas incluida la violencia económica generada por un modelo de explotación y su vinculación con la agenda de acceso a la justicia social. 

#MeToo in a country that worships God as woman

During a festival celebrating the Goddess who kills a demon menacing Gods, scores of educated Indian women have unmasked their tormentors and sparked a mini-revolution.

Good Bye, Gandhi!

Writing on Gandhi in an India stricken by faux patriotism and jingoism causes gloom. A poem in Indian English provides an antidote.

Hyper-extremism tends to follow extremism

The Hindutva storm-troopers would feel let down, having been trained to abuse the secular Hindus, liberals, intellectuals, dissenting writers and a minority community.

Faultlines in India's parliamentary democracy

The executive is hardly accountable to the legislature, legislators lack tangible power, so notions of the consent of the governed and the will of the people are a farce.

Naipaul: an abandoned child looks and relooks at the motherland

Naipaul always felt that his books would stand the test of time. But which of his books on India, after multiple visits to his ancestral land, will stand that test?

Democracy eats its parents!

"If a principled yet powerful leader does emerge, he can only come from yesterday’s disempowered classes."

Indian elections: disinformation threatens to exacerbate religious tensions

In a country with low press freedom and media literacy, fake news could be a recipe for disaster. 

Subverting democracy without vote-rigging

Recent events in some prominent democratic nations have highlighted the internal threats that are hard to see and even harder to counter. A military dictator can be identified.

Harvesting hope: the permaculture movement in India

The major transformative potential of permaculture in India lies in its ability to make small-scale farmers self-sufficient. Hence, it offers viable solutions to the very deep crisis farmers are facing.

God votes in India, abstains in Britain, Part II

Unlike in India, British democracy, distorted by Mammon, is spared by God.

God votes in India, abstains in Britain. Part 1

Once Britain moved beyond religious nationalism, religion itself became a spent force, though not one prevented from speaking truth to power. Contrast India.

How students in India are resisting the Hindu-right's attacks on universities

In India, student protests have escalated under the current far-right, Hindu-supremacist government and been characterised by open ideological warfare.

Indian Supreme Court curbs one of the world’s most powerful anti-discrimination laws

The vitriolic anger directed at the PoA might mean that Indian society is not entirely ready to face the depth of its own ingrained prejudice.

Silence and din define Indian journalism

Ravish Kumar has recorded the Republic of Fear for posterity. These are the heroes of World Press Freedom Day.

Political precariat

The concept of the precariat has explanatory power day-to-day and transformative potential in the socio-political world. For a just and honorable life, we need the political precariat.

Why the ‘good’ refugee is a bad idea

An opaque process of separating the ‘good’ Rohingya refugees from the ‘bad’ ones has begun under conditions where only seven and a half thousand out of one million people have national verification cards.

The Commonwealth gets extra attention

Some 5,000 participants from government, business and civil society have arrived for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The central theme of the deliberations is ‘Towards a Common Future’.

The Cam-Book gate scandal will not restore our privacy, will it?

For us to care about the practices of corporations, reclaim our privacy and contest mass-surveillance we should not need the shock therapy of Trumpian politics.

To beat the hard right we’ll need to change too – a response to Edmund Fawcett

Joining forces demands a democratic renewal that will dig deep into our cultures and our nations.

Cut-throat competition distorts democracy in India

So, what is the right measure of passion in politics that is good for the health of democracy? There has to be a right balance.

Snowden to Cambridge Analytica – making the case for the social value of privacy

Constitutionally inculcated rights and morality are slowly being undone “by the use of automated processes to assess risk and allocate opportunity”.

Statues are not safe in India

One cynic says that after every election, the new Government can spend its first year in uninstalling the statutes erected by the previous regime.

The Backlash podcast episode 1: women and the far right

We talk to three women who know more about the far right than most: councillor Jolene Bunting in Northern Ireland, researcher Marilyn Mayo in the US, and Akanksha Mehta at the University of Sussex.

The myth of the Indian ‘New Middle Class’

Families in Modi’s India are caught in a spiral of working class conditions in jobs pretending to be middle class, with their requirement for degrees and skills training.

Hindu authoritarianism and agrarian distress

To defeat populist-nationalist forms of communal authoritarianism in India, we have to fight against more than just communalism.

Gandhi, Palestine and zionism: a book review

In India it is the season for rediscovering Gandhi, and everyone from politicians to intellectuals are doing it in their own way.

Modi government and the muzzling of the Indian media

The more damaging development has been the role of the mainstream media in the face of the government attempts to muzzle it.

How India's Café Sheroes fights back against acid attacks

Run by survivors of acid attacks, the café is part of broader campaigns for women’s access to public places and freedom of expression.

When faith fills ballot boxes

Ironically, the message of scientific temper, modernity, secularism resonated more in India when the rate of literacy was low. Distinctions between science and mythology and mythology and history keep eroding.

Kashmir abuses: women searching for justice challenge state use of forensics

Thousands of young men have 'disappeared' in Kashmir and there have been numerous allegations of sexual assaults. But the fight for answers and justice continues.

One Zionist view of the Balfour Declaration

The State of Israel came into being thirty-one years after the Balfour Declaration, precisely because Zionist Jews were done entrusting their fate to others.

What will it take to end child sexual abuse in India?

In 2012 new legislation was passed to protect children against sexual abuse. But the gap between the law and ground realities remains large.

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