President greets Italy on Republic Day eve

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday greeted the government and people of Italy on the eve of its Republic Day, saying bilateral ties between the two nations were rooted in "strong foundations of shared values, democracy and pluralism".

Malaysia refuses entry to Hong Kong pro-democracy student activist

Malaysian immigration authorities on Tuesday denied entry to Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong, who had been invited to the Southeast Asian nation to participate in academic talks on democracy in China and last year`s protests in Hong Kong. 

Supreme Court says no to politicians' pictures in govt ads except President, PM, CJI
Supreme Court says no to politicians' pictures in govt ads except President, PM, CJI

In an important development with regard to regulation of public advertisements, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that they can carry pictures of certain dignitaries like the President, Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India.

India's independent bodies reflect success of democracy: Prez

India has "ferociously independent" constitutional and statutory bodies which reflect the country's success in parliamentary democracy, President Pranab Mukherjee today said.

DNA: Media has accepted a 'supari to finish AAP', says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has accused the media of accepting a supari or contract to finish off his Aam Aadmi Party.

Tamil reconciliation will 'take time': Kerry warns Lanka

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday warned Sri Lanka that "true reconciliation" with Tamils will take time, even as he praised the "openness" of the new government in efforts to boost democracy, human rights and reaching out to the minority community.

John Kerry says Maldives democracy at risk after mass arrests

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that democracy was in danger in the Maldives as police made nearly 200 arrests at a protest over the jailing of the paradise islands' ex-president.

Restoring democracy in Bengal a second freedom struggle: Somnath

Expressing deep anguish over "trampling of democracy" in West Bengal, former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Thursday urged people to build up a movement for restoration of their rights, and called it a "second struggle for independence".

Beijing defends Hong Kong vote plan after fierce overseas criticism

Beijing on Thursday defended Hong Kong`s plan to vet candidates for its 2017 leadership election,Beijing saying it represented public opinion "from all walks of life" in the territory despite mass pro-democracy protests on the issue last year.

Hong Kong govt unveils vote plan, no concessions to pro-democrats

Hong Kong`s government Wednesday announced a roadmap for leadership elections that offered no concessions to the city`s democracy camp -- prompting opposition lawmakers to walk out of the plan`s unveiling.

Resistance to Kashmiri Pandits return to J&K violation of democracy: Jitendra Singh

Voicing concern over the ongoing controversy on the issue of the return of displaced Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said any resistance to their return is a violation of the spirit of democracy and constitution.

China to curb visits to Hong Kong by Shenzhen residents: NPC deputy

China will limit visits by residents of the city of Shenzhen to neighbouring Hong Kong, a politician and media said on Sunday, following recent tension in the former British colony over growing numbers of mainland visitors.

Decision on AFSPA after thorough consultation with stakeholders: Rijiju

The Centre today said that "no democracy will want to have a law like AFSPA", but the fate of the controversial act in Jammu and Kashmir will be decided after a thorough consultation with all stakeholders.

AAP brand of politics lacks both democracy and public service: BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the brand of politics practiced by the Arvind Kejriwal led-Aam Aadmi Party lacked both democracy and a spirit of service towards the general public.

Government welcomes SC judgment on Section 66A:  Ravi Shankar Prasad
Government welcomes SC judgment on Section 66A: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Welcoming the Supreme Court's decision to quash Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000, on Tuesday, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said people in power should be tolerant and liberal towards criticism.

Twitter can persuade youngsters to vote

The micro-blogging site Twitter can not only help political parties gauge the mood of youngsters but also persuade them to vote as elections approach, says a study.

'India's well-timed diversification of Army helped democracy'

India's well-timed decision post independence to control and diversify its Army helped preserve its democracy, or it could have ended up like Pakistan which has seen three Army coups post independence.

British woman killed in Tunisia terror attack: Cameron

A British woman was among at least 23 people killed in terrorist shootings at a museum in Tunisia's capital yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron said on day, pledging "not to let terrorists undermine democracy".

Chinese tour groups to Hong Kong slide amid protests

The number of mainland Chinese tour groups visiting Hong Kong plunged about 80 percent in early March as rising anti-mainland sentiment and a series of protests deterred many from crossing the border, underscoring a deepening divide between both sides. 

China mocks India's democratic system

 Deriding India's democratic system, official Chinese media here today defended ruling Communist Party's monopoly on power, saying if China had opted for democracy it would have become another India "where around 20 per cent of the world's poorest live".