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A polling officer, right, puts an ink mark on the finger of a voter during the third phase polling of the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly election in Chrar-i-Sharief on Dec 9, 2014. Photo : AP

Jammu and Kashmir

An Election of Competing Nationalisms

Kaustav Chakrabarti

The ongoing Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir could see a keen contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the People's Democratic Party. The key to a domestic consensus on resolving the intractable Kashmir issue will depend on how these two parties, which represent competing nationalisms, forge a post-election compromise to quell the sense of widespread cynicism.

David Washbrook, Research Professor in South Asian History, Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K. Photo: M. Moorthy


A Modern Secularism Crucial for India's Progress: David Washbrook

V.S. Sambandan and A.R. Venkatachalapathy

Leading British historian David Washbrook, Research Professor in South Asian History, Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K., sees India at a crossroads with Bharatiya Janata Party in government. In conversation with The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, he shares his views on the decline of Nehruvian secularism, the attempts to rewrite history in India, and the status of research in Britain. Excerpts from an interview held on Dec. 9, 2014:

The Arena

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years simple imprisonment and fine of Rs. 100 crore by a Special Court in Bangalore, Karnataka, in the disproportionate assets case on September 27, 2014, almost 18 years after case was filed. With the conviction, Ms. Jayalalithaa stands disqualified as a Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and automatically ceases to be Chief Minister. File photo: J. Manoharan/The Hindu

Politics and Corruption

The Conviction of a Chief Minister


With the Special Court in Bengaluru pronouncing AIADMK general secretary, Jayalalithaa, guilty in the disproportionate assets case, she becomes the first Indian Chief Minister in office to be convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The historic verdict has unseated a popularly elected Chief Minister and will have a deep impact on the politics of Tamil Nadu, says Saptarshi Bhattacharya.



Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab: The Need for a Border States Group

Tridivesh Singh Maini

India-Pakistan ties over the past decade have been a mixed bag. The aim of the research report "Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab: The Need for a Border States Group" by Tridivesh Singh Maini is to examine the approach of the political leadership, as well as the business community, in these three ‘border States’ towards India-Pakistan ties. It is very simplistic to link the sentiment in a State with one singular factor: economic, political or cultural. This paper has sought to look at a number of factors, which include politics, economics as well as security issues. It has also attempted to get the views of a reasonably broad spectrum of people from different ideological persuasions, including those representing the Union Government and the State governments.


Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh adressing the public lecture on Climate Change and India's Energy Policy in Bengaluru on Monday. Photos: The Hindu : Sampath Kumar G P

Individuals can reduce India’s carbon footprint: Jairam Ramesh

In a public lecture on climate change, Jairam Ramesh explores the various energy alternatives that the country has in reducing its carbon footprint and says that India has a pivotal role in global climate change negotiations. The lecture was organised by The Hindu Centre and the National Institute for Advanced Studies on November 10, 2014, in Bengaluru.

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The founding spirit of The Hindu Centre is the firm conviction that the publishers of The Hindu, a major force for public good and which has had a stellar role in building India’s democratic life, can help revive ebbing public confidence in our parliamentary democracy. Public confidence in India’s democratic institutions and political processes are at an all-time low and there is a rising danger of the Indian public becoming alienated from the electoral process, angered by the failure of politicians to deliver on basic expectations.

We see this as a dangerous trend and hence, by launching a credible and independent platform for an exploration of ideas and public policies, hope to contribute to the rebuilding of public faith in India’s democratic process. We see it as our mission to restore pride and faith in the idea of Indian citizenship and nationhood. This is not a statement of sentiment but intent.

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