The use and abuse of President’s Rule

After the furore over the Modi government imposing President's Rule in Congress-ruled Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand  -- in seeming defiance of the Supreme Court's 1994 Bommai judgement -- supporters have pointed out that previous governments have used Article 356 more frequently to remove state governments: https://twitter.com/rupasubramanya/status/714094610306322432 There are two obvious problems with this line of argument: Legitimacy. It fails …

Continue reading The use and abuse of President’s Rule

Manmohan years still most peaceful despite riots uptick in 2012/13

In a pointed analysis on Scroll.in using data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Shivam Vij shows that the rate of rioting in India (per 100,000 population) has fallen continuously since 1992, reaching a plateau around 2003 and remaining pretty much constant since then. Vij is correct that the Manmohan Singh years have been the most …

Continue reading Manmohan years still most peaceful despite riots uptick in 2012/13