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“The significance of the years-long marathon battle by India’s LGBTQ community and its heterosexual allies is not confined to the celebration of gay rights. In an age coarsened by polarization in politics and name-calling on prime-time television shows, this is a thoughtful warning against majoritarianism and mobocracy. It is a reminder that the country’s core is still fenced in by its constitution. And it is a sad illustration of how the true protectors of that constitution and the Indian republic are no longer India’s elected lawmakers but its courts.
India is legally a parliamentary democracy but, at its heart, it is now essentially a judicial democracy.
We call ourselves the world’s largest democracy; our electoral process has never been interrupted or hijacked by other forces (unlike in Pakistan). In 2014, there were 814 million eligible Indian voters, making it the largest poll exercise in history. But elections alone don’t make a democracy. When it comes to the country’s most sensitive decisions, our votes would appear to have been wasted. Our elected democratic representatives have looked away, or worse, have outsourced all the political risk to the judiciary.”
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“The repression of the Turkic Uighur Muslim community in western China [.] is a key part of Beijing’s new imperial policy. Only by understanding the dynamics of Chinese empire can one grasp this brutal campaign.”
Finally, the Left has a post-Truth politician of its own. Julia Salazar’s campaign was marked by frequent and sometimes outrageous untruths. That didn’t stop her from winning her NY State Senate bid.
The political party of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is emblematic of the hawkish Israeli right, but there are some holdouts in its inner ranks. Here’s a look at the last two liberals in the Likud Party.
Netflix has completely revolutionized how Americans watch TV and movies – now it wants to be recognized by the academy. Here’s a look at Netflix’s quest to win “Best Picture.”
Millennials are less prosperous than their parents, but they might be better with money. The financial crisis was a setback, but it was also a formative experience and a lesson is risk management.
The effects of screen-time on human wellbeing may not be entirely known, but new data suggests that addictive games like Fortnite could be responsible for destroying marriages.
The NFL is back, which means that America is gearing up for more heated discussions about kneelers. Here’s how to discuss NFL protests with a bit of civility.
“Teachers and students love A People’s History of the United States. But it’s as limited—and closed-minded—as the textbooks it replaces.”
Your child is an artist and every crayon drawing he or she makes is certainly a masterpiece – still, child’s artwork does pose a storage problem. Here’s an argument in favor of tossing your kid’s drawings.
Massive corporations are controlling the food we eat – right down to the seeds used to grow our crops. When seed diversity falters, food security goes with it.
Fast fashion is notoriously hard on the environment, but perhaps it doesn't have to be. Scientists are hard at work creating sustainable, biodegradable fabrics.
“In our own time, we have no High Priest and no Temple. There is no perfect setting for our approach to God and we lack the Temple rituals which welded us together at this critical moment in our calendar.”