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MisDisMal-Information Edition 21

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com An excerpt from Edition 21 is reproduced below. Of Humour, Framing, Tin-foil pyramids and Bot-ching Democracy Conspiracies, Rumour and Humour Just a joke, or not just a joke? Framing counts From 28th September – 2nd...

Ambedkar said protests were unconstitutional. But what about protests to restore Constitution?

Let’s first parse what Ambedkar had warned against in his final speech to the Constituent Assembly in November 1949: “We must…hold fast to constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives. It means we must abandon the bloody methods...

Why missed call democracy is a bad idea

The Narendra Modi-led government launched a ‘missed call campaign’ on January 3, 2019 asking people to give a missed call at a number to register their support for the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Home Minister Amit Shah has claimed that...

An Indian Stance on External Democracy Support

My remarks at the Towards an Assertive Policy on India’s External Democracy Support roundtable organised jointly by ORF and Takshashila in Bengaluru on 12th July 2019 The question posed to me was: what do you think/perceive of India’s record in strengthening and...

Democracies: Delegative vs Deliberative

An interesting article in Science argues that deliberative mechanisms can resolve the present crisis in democracy. Although the solution by itself is not novel the article takes into account the latest work in cognitive psychology and democratic skepticism. Achen and Bartels...

A conversation with Thum Ping Tjin on freedom and liberty

Thum Ping Tjin (“PJ”) is a historian, and founder and Managing Director of New Naratif (www.newnaratif.com), a Southeast Asian platform for research, journalism, art, and community organisation. A promoter of democracy and human rights, he and his colleagues have been...

Discussion Document – Defamation Reforms: Going Beyond Decriminalisation

By Madhav Chandavarkar and Manasa Venkataraman Download the Discussion Document in PDF (248 KB) Executive Summary The law for defamation in India impedes free speech more than it protects reputations. While it is vital to protect an individual’s right to...

Takshashila Institution Gets Featured on India Today

The Takshashila Institution has been featured in the India Today magazine in an article titled “My Freedom to Introspect.” The feature highlights how India is a beacon of liberal nationalism. It also represents how freedom should reflect in the way...

Book Chapter: Politics of Radically Networked Societies

Networked Societies and Hierarchical States: The Emerging Challenge to Political Order Nitin Pai and Sneha Shankar Conference paper in Promoting Democracy for Creating a Better and Peaceful World: Regional, National and Local Perspectives Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Read the...

Takshashila’s Rohit Pradhan quoted in The Economist

Takshashila Fellow, Rohit Pradhan is quoted in The Economist. Cry Freedom “Middling earners are most afflicted by low-level corruption, such as bribes for obtaining driving licences, says Rohit Pradhan, a fellow at the Takshashila Institution, an Indian think-tank. They also...