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    Commission's Omissions

    Documents accessed by The Caravan show that in March this year, the Election Commission filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court that made blatantly false claims. The EC submitted the affidavit in response to a petition filed by 21 opposition parties, seeking instructions to the electoral watchdog to verify 50 percent of the Electronic Voting Machine results with the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail slips. On 8 April,...

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  • The Caravan

    Political Affairs

    "INDIAN DEMOCRACY IS NOT JUST IN CRISIS," Pratap Bhanu Mehta announced from a lectern at the IndiaToday Conclave in early March, "but there is a deep, deep diminishing of hope at this juncture compared to five years ago or perhaps ten years ago." Mehta was impassioned, delivering his verdict on a half-decade of the rule of Narendra Modi. "The last five years have been a mutilation of the Indian...

    • 4 days ago
  • The Caravan

    Good Faith, Bad Faith

    Government documents accessed by The Caravan reveal the doublespeak behind the Bharatiya Janata Party's rhetoric against linking religious communities to terror activities. While the BJP's public position persistently disavows the notion of violent religious fundamentalism such as Hindu terror, a note circulated by the multi-agency centre-which is led by the Intelligence Bureau and comes under the ministry of home...

    • 5 days ago
  • The Caravan

    Process Due

    On 20 April, The Caravan reported along with Scroll, The Wire and The Leaflet, that a former Supreme Court employee had accused the chief justice of India , Ranjan Gogoi, of sexual harassment and persecution. The previous day, the former employee had sent copies of a sworn affidavit to the residences of 22 Supreme Court judges. In it, she described two incidents of molestation by Gogoi, both of which allegedly took place at the...

    • 2 weeks ago
  • The Caravan

    Renaissance Men

    ON THE BRIGHT, SUNNY EVENING OF 24 OCTOBER 2018, in downtown Kochi, close to two hundred men and women, most of them employed in the banking and insurance sectors, gathered after office hours to listen to a speech. They huddled inside a Victorian-era auditorium, owned by the Young Men's Christian Association, on the busy Chittoor road. On the two-foot stage at one end of the hall stood a slender, bespectacled man, dressed...

    • 3 weeks ago
  • The Caravan

    The Summit of Spin

    On 27 and 28 April last year, a rare "informal summit" took place between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China's president, Xi Jinping, at Wuhan in China. The meeting was described by the Indian and foreign media as a chance for the two countries to "reset" their fraught relationship. According to the Indian government, several outstanding issues were discussed-the dispute over the 4,056-kilometre...

    • 3 weeks ago
  • The Caravan

    By the Book

    WHAT MAKES INDIA SO DISTINCT? No other country matches the scale of its religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity. India's racial heterogeneity is exceeded by only a handful of West European and New World countries-the result of, among other factors, colonial-era experiences of conquest, the slave trade and resettlements, as well as post-colonial migrations from the global South to the North. But while systems of exclusion...

    • 3 weeks ago
  • The Caravan

    Supreme Charge

    In a sworn affidavit, copies of which were sent to the residences of 22 Supreme Court judges yesterday, a former employee of the Supreme Court of India accused the chief justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, of sexual harassment and persecution. The former employee describes two incidents of molestation by Gogoi in her affidavit, both of which allegedly took place in October 2018, only days after he was appointed to India's highest...

    • 4 weeks ago
  • The Caravan

    Keeping the Faith

    Shortly before midnight on 17 March, Rizwan Pandit, a 29-year-old school principal and resident of Awantipora, a town around thirty-five kilometres south of Srinagar, was picked up from his house by security officials accompanied by the local police. Two days later, the Jammu and Kashmir police issued a statement announcing that Rizwan had "died in police custody" and that he had been taken into custody in connection...

    • a month ago
  • The Caravan

    Land of the Rising Sangh

    {ONE} THE HISTORY OF RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH in northeast India begins in 1946. In October that year, Dadarao Parmarth, Vasantrao Oak and Krishna Paranjpe first set foot in the province of Assam, which included most of what is today northeastern India. The three pracharaks-full-time RSS workers-established the region's first shakhas-branches-in Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Shillong, where their recruits...

    • 2 months ago