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Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is a co-editor of openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Sowing division: caste is crucial in Indian elections

Of course, politicians did not create the powerful Hindu caste system. They merely exploit this fault-line, exacerbating the caste animosities to build vote banks.

Revealed: the dirty secrets of the DUP’s ‘dark money’ Brexit donor

MPs call on Richard Cook to “emerge from the shadows” after we uncover his trail of illegal waste, unpaid bills and court documents stretching from India to California.

Divine players in Indian politics

In a politically-surcharged atmosphere, no one should doubt that the appearance of Lord Ram’s idol in the mosque on the night of December 22, 1949 was an act of God.

Why the ‘Me Too’ movement in India is succeeding at last

Centuries of entrenched patriarchy cannot be upturned in a month. But this country finally looks ready for a feminist overhaul.

Elections diminish democracy in India

It was not always like that. Those tracking the progress of democracy in India should interview political activists above 90 years of age.

30th World AIDS Day - a time for remembrance, resilience and reflection

Just occasionally, the UK public gets reminded that AIDS isn’t over and done with. Not at home, and certainly not round the rest of the world. 

Authoritarian populism and popular struggles in Modi’s India

In the pattern of authoritarianism taking over Indian politics since 2014, social movements, activists, and dissidents find themselves at the receiving end of increasingly brazen forms of repression.

#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.

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