Archive for August, 2007

Former diplomat Ansari elected India’s vice-president

Mohammad Hamid Ansari, a former diplomat and academic, was elected India’s new vice-president on Friday. A nominee of the ruling alliance, Ansari, 70, defeated opposition-backed rival, Najma Heptullah, by 233 votes for the largely ceremonial post. He is India’s third Muslim vice-president. An electoral college of members of parliament elects the vice-president, who also acts […]

AFTER THE INDIAN CENTURY- Indian democracy is not free of perversions

Taking a broad view of how humanity had performed in the 20th century,  The past century with despair. The century of wars, the Holocaust, Hiroshima, depressions, the scourge of AIDS, environmental degradation, and other forms of exploitation was savage enough. Yet, in the midst of the misery, principally of Western making, one country stands out. […]

Indian politics gets more fractious

As Pakistan goes through unprecedented turmoil under the confrontation launched by religious fundamentalists, India too is moving towards greater, if admittedly low-intensity, political strife and fractiousness. That is the most significant portent from the recent presidential election in India, undoubtedly the most contentious in its Independent history. The election for the first time installed a […]


The election to the Office of the Vice President,  to be held on 10th of this month, is the thirteenth.  The earlier elections to this office were held in the years 1952, 1957 (both uncontested), 1962, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1979 (unopposed), 1984, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002. Under the provisions of  Article 66(1) of Constitution […]

Is Patil the right leader for India?

As the US debates its readiness to accept a woman such as Hillary Clinton as president, India has already done so, with the election of Pratibha Patil. Although in India the presidency is primarily a ceremonial post that carries less weight than that of prime minister (the position once held by Indira Gandhi), it is […]