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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 26, 2011 AT 00:00 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 26, 2011 00:00 IST

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi: solo audio

And some sobering words from Ram Guha:

That India, unlike China, has regular elections, and that Indians, unlike the Chinese, can live anywhere they want, are freedoms to cherish and be grateful for. Among other visible (and admirable) strengths of Indian democracy are the independence of institutions such as the Election Commission and the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, and the sturdily apolitical character of our armed forces. Set against these gains are the corruption and criminality of our political class, the corruption and corrosion of our legal system, and the increasingly self-serving nature of our Press. Rather than brag about how much more democratic we are than China, we should pay attention to how far Indian democracy, c. 2011, falls short of the ideals envisaged and the standards laid out by our own Constitution in 1950.

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 26, 2011 AT 00:00 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 26, 2011 00:00 IST
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4/D-22
Feb 13, 2011
04:50 AM

Like the first commenter said, theres no right freedom just a sence of it to keep the people happy. Once everything cools down they will start passin bills and laws that strip more of your freedom away. The USA Patriot Act is one example of this it broadly expands law enforcement's surveillance and investigative powers and represents one of the most significant threats to civil liberties, privacy and democratic traditions in U.S

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swordfishchibi
kansas city, United States
3/D-147
Jan 26, 2011
08:41 PM

Even though we have been a republic for 60 years, we still need to reflect on the words of Dr Benjamin Franklin who, when asked at the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, " Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?", replied, "A republic, if you can keep it.”

Guha's caution about the corruption and criminality of our political class, the corruption and corrosion of our legal system, and the increasingly self-serving nature of our Press is appropriate. As he says, " Rather than brag about how much more democratic we are than China, we should pay attention to how far Indian democracy, c. 2011, falls short of the ideals envisaged and the standards laid out by our own Constitution in 1950."
 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
2/D-128
Jan 26, 2011
05:13 PM

India had no respectfrom outside world when we were a colony of the British empire.Now,we don't have respect being ruled by an Italian barmaid with no self respect.

S.S.Nagaraj
Bangalore, India
1/D-38
Jan 26, 2011
07:32 AM

Independence day, Republic Day, Gandhi Jayanti, Nehru Jayanti et al seems to me a deliberate tactics by so called secular parties so that people can keep on believing on these lines of freedom/ constitution/ Satya/ Ahimsa etc, while rest 360 days of year the seculars can keep changing the laws/ rules as it suits them, lie mindlessly as required and supress the very thought of freedom.

Happy Republic Day ! Let's Deliberate !!

Lalit Jha
Houston, United States
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