The story so far: In a bid to end the Congress party’s leadership crisis prevailing since 2019, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on August 28 fixed October 17 as the date to elect a party president. While Rahul Gandhi was the presidential candidate favoured by many CWC leaders, other contenders have entered the field. The upcoming presidential polls will witness a battle between Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor, and the Gandhi family has indicated that it would remain ‘neutral’ in the presidential contest. Several members of the G-23, a group of Congress members seeking party reform, have batted for a fair competition for the top post. Also Read A battle of opposites for Congress president's post In the CWC meeting , held days after the exit of the party’s longest-serving general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad , the schedule for the election was endorsed. Throughout the meeting, both former Congress … [Read more...] about Explained | How is the Congress president elected?
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Social activist Teesta Setalvad has said the country had rarely seen accountability of the State as far as targeted violence is concerned and added that survivors and citizens supporting them are among the "fallout" of such violence. Delivering the Girish Patel Smarnanjali Lecture in Ahmedabad, on October 2, Ms. Setalvad said the story of targeted violence begins with the build-up that is created with hate speeches and hate writings. “The survivors of such violence have to face difficulties in ensuring punishment for the perpetrators,” she added. Forced confinement is loss of dignity, says Teesta Setalvad "What is fallout? State accountability happens rarely in our country. How many people have been punished in [the riots of] 1984, 1992 and 2002? These are the questions before us. And the difficulties that survivors have to face to ensure punishment and citizens for supporting them are the issues that come up," she said. Ms. Setalvad was recently arrested by Gujarat … [Read more...] about India rarely saw accountability of State in targeted violence: Teesta Setalvad
Sign up for the View from Westminster email for expert analysis straight to your inbox Get our free View from Westminster email Over the weekend, Italy elected its first far-right government since the Second World War . Meanwhile, in Cuba, voters have adopted sweeping measures to the nation’s family code, including legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption while also promoting “equal sharing of domestic rights and responsibilities between men and women,” according to Reuters . The results of both votes cast doubt on the long-held assumption that the west is the champion of freedom, human rights, and civil liberties. Indeed, as democratic backsliding and a curtailing of rights continues unabated in so-called first world democracies like the United States (which recently stripped women of the right to an abortion), countries like Cuba — long vilified in the West as oppressive and authoritarian — are extending rights and delivering for their citizens. Italy … [Read more...] about Republicans told on themselves when they reacted to Italy’s new far-right government and Cuba’s referendum