“Our democracy is based upon semi-anarchist freedom of thought” by Safina Ali

Source: http://www.preservearticles.com/201105136578/essay-on-right-to-protest-and-indian-democracy.html Social peace and democratic set-up in India is threatened by the agitations and strikes, some call it a prelude to new thinking and new sensibility. Ethical foundation of human behavior is crumbling down. Every aspirant for political office employs force to make his presence felt. Naturally, democracy and the democratic spirit is in … Continue reading

Civil Disobedience in a Democratic Regime | Gandhi versus Ambedkar, Part II

In the last post, I discussed the differences in Gandhi’s and Ambedkar’s attitudes towards civil disobedience of law in a democracy, and thus distinction in their visions of democracy itself. In this post, I continue on those differences to illustrate how Ambedkar’s model of democracy has some disturbing implications on freedom and is liable to … Continue reading

Civil Disobedience in a Democratic Regime | Gandhi versus Ambedkar, Part I

The notion of civil disobedience in a democratic scheme of things might seem contradictory. If a person willfully disobeys the law enacted by a government elected fair and square by popular vote, to most people there seems to be little reason to allow for such disobedience under law. However what such arguments fail to appreciate … Continue reading

the imitating monkey: India an uncomfortable democracy

Functioning anarchy in India By: Shashi Tharoor | Published: August 16, 2011   Every year, during India’s rainy season, there is, equally predictably, a ‘monsoon session’ of parliament. And, every year, there seems to be increasing debate about which is stormier — the weather or the legislature. Consider the current session, which began on August … Continue reading

Anarchy within Democracy

Anarchy is often considered as a negative and anti-social concept and most of the times it is wrongly related with extremes like lawlessness or egalitarianism. However, anarchy is not lawlessness nor it is egalitarianism, rather it is the absence of hierarchy. Anarchy represents a state of pure democracy or direct democracy where, the power to … Continue reading