Articles

Oct 12, 2018

The House Not In Order - Indian Express

The Supreme Court’s recent decision was disappointing in that it stopped short of disqualifying candidates who have alleged criminal antecedents from contesting polls, although I do understand that the Court was reluctant to step into the executive’s arena.

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Jan 05, 2018

An Alliance Of Muscle And Money - HT

While I was certainly privileged to have conducted the democratic world’s largest election in 2009, I was also well placed to see the many fault lines that were beginning to fracture our democracy.

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Jan 07, 2018

Assembly Elections: ‘Winnability’ Has Given Criminals A Political Halo

We can be justifiably proud of our Election Commission (ECI) and its conduct of elections. Elections are held on time, every time and the transition of power is invariably smooth, unlike in many other countries.

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Aug 30, 2017

साधारण जीवन में असाधारण काम कर गईं मदर

दुनिया के तमाम हिस्सों में आज मदर टेरेसा के प्रति कृतज्ञता अर्पित करने के लिए उनकी जयंती मनाई जा रही है। कहने को तो मदर एक सहज-सरल नन थीं, मगर विश्वास और करुणा उनके व्यक्तित्व के ऐसे पहलू थे, जिनके सहारे

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March 02, 2017

The Lawless Lawmaker

While our political establishment has come to expect the EC to be a fair umpire, that as many as 30 per cent of our parliamentarians should have criminal antecedents is disquieting. The country has reposed faith in the Election Commission (EC) to deliver free and fair elections

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Feb 09, 2017

Assembly Elections: ‘ECI: How The Giant Polling Machine Pulls It Off

India is not only the largest democracy in the world, its Election Commission is one of the most pro-active, micro-managing each election, never losing focus of details, attending to every aspect up to the last mile.

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October 20, 2015

Performance By Special Children Of Lepra India Trust

The show was part of the annual day celebration of Lepra India Trust, which works for the cause of leprosy affected in India. Around 120 children and youth having varying degrees of hearing impairment participated in the function.

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October 03, 2015

Sanawar Celebrates 168th Founder's Day

The prelude to the 168th Founder's celebrations of Lawrence School, Sanawar, which commence on Saturday, saw a tribute by Sanawar to the father of the nation by commemorating Gandhi Jayanti.

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August 29, 2014

Sri Lanka Election - By Navin Chawla, Former Chief Election Commissioner Of India Was In Sri Lanka As A Member Of The Commonwealth Observer Group

Sri Lanka’s just concluded Parliamentary election was one that might well be described as a “text book” election. PAFFREL (People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections), a respected electoral observer group, described it as “the most peaceful and fair election in the recent history of the country”.

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May 21, 2015

Leprosy Must Go

Leprosy is still considered a dreaded disease in India and its victims remain among the most disadvantaged people in the country. Over the years, I have met hundreds of leprosy-affected people whose lives have been destroyed thanks to

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August 26, 2014

For The Love Of God - An Article By Navin B Chawla

Kusum was a child of about six when I first saw her in one of Mother Teresa’s ashrams, very close to where I live. Two things struck me at once. The first was that she was crippled and the second was her lovely smile.

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March 03, 2014

The Youth Are No Longer Apathetic To Politics, They Want Jobs And A Better Future

Right from 1951-52, when the first general election of our newly proclaimed republic was conducted, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has increasingly been recognised as a beacon for the conduct of free, fair and transparent polls.

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January 09, 2014

When The Nice Guys Didn't Finish Last

The importance of the Aam Aadmi Party's stunning triumph in the recently concluded election to the Delhi Assembly goes beyond its impressive numbers (28 in an Assembly of 70).

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May 28, 2013

The Importance Of Being A Booth Level Officer

It is a well established practice in all robust democracies that independent election management bodies are able to evolve and grow by developing and adopting good practices within the ambit of their respective constitutional powers.

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November 21, 2013

Criminality In The Indian Political System

Criminality in politics, or more pointedly, criminals sitting in our Parliament and legislatures, is an issue that has for long been debated in many forums and has also been at the forefront of reform proposals sent by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to the government.

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July 10, 2013

Like Dragons To Water

This is election season in Bhutan. On April 23, elections were completed to the National Council (the Upper House of Parliament). On May 31, another election was conducted, this time for the first of two phases to elect the National Assembly (the Lower House).

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"Vulnerability Mapping" An Electoral Innovation

The Election Commission of India has emerged, over the last 63 years as one of our most respected institutions. Over these six decades, this Constitutional body has developed new skills almost with each general election, and latterly even with each election to the State Assemblies

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September 21, 2013

"A Leprosy Tale" Published In Tehelka

Mother Teresa awakened my interest in social work soon after I first met her in 1975. From the first meeting, I was drawn to her, to her work, and to the fact that, out of choice, she was as poor as those she had taken a vow to serve.

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August 26, 2013

"Mother Teresa" Published In The Hindu

A few months ago, a couple of researchers in Canada produced a report entirely critical of Mother Teresa and her work, which predictably found its way into the media.

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August 26, 2013

"Mother Teresa" Published In Mailtoday

Today, August 26, 2013, the birth centenary of Mother Teresa will be marked with celebration and thanksgiving in many parts of the world.

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Venezuela Diary

For purposes of this article, I have to admit that I travelled to Venezuela not as a tourist but as an Election Observer for the Accompaniment Programme that their Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Tibisay Lucena Ramírez had invited me to attend in April.

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September 17, 2012

Mother Teresa Remembered

"What was the most painful incident of your life" Navin Chawla, IAS, ex-Chief Election Commissioner of India and the official biographer of Mother Teresa had once asked the Saint of the Gutters.

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January 23, 2012

"Kaziranga Diary" Published In Outlook India

To be up at dawn on a December morning, clamber atop an elephant and proceed to look down on a somewhat puzzled 2,800- kilo one-horned rhino from about 20 feet away defines for me the Kaziranga success story.

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January 17, 2012

"Umpiring A Gigantic Exercise" Published In The Hindu

"It is truly the greatest show on Earth, an ode to a diverse and democratic ethos… an inspiration to all the world," commented The New York Times, on General Elections 2009. What makes India's elections unique and special?

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January 06, 2012

"Towards A Level Playing Field" Published In The Hindu

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has emerged, over the last 61 years, as one of the most respected institutions. Over time, this constitutional body has developed new skills, almost with each election, to remain vibrant and evolutionary.

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August 26, 2011

"The Miracle That Was Mother Teresa" Published In The Hindu

Mother Teresa's path was a unique one. While she never deviated from her faith, she reached out to millions of her special constituency, the deprived and the dying, recognising their faces to be the face of her God.

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August 26, 2011

Tribune Article On Mother Teresa

A few weeks ago I visited one of Mother Teresa’s Sisters who was admitted for surgery in the PGI hospital in Chandigarh. The Chief Secretary of Haryana Smt. Urvashi Gulati and the Secretary to the Governor Mohinder Kumar accompanied me that morning to Sister Ann Vinita’s bedside.

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May 5, 2011

Aspen India - Navin Chawla Programme Mother Teresa

Mr. Navin Chawla, Former Chief Election Commissioner (left) & Mrs. Rita Bhimani, Corporate Public Relations Consultant (right) 5th May, 2011, Kolkata.

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March 01, 2011

Shri Navin Chawla At Prem Vasam In Chennai In The Hindu

It started with a single letter four years ago, and ended with a wonderful hour long visit from the former Chief Election Commissioner Navin B. Chawla — the authorised biographer of Mother Teresa.

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Feb 05, 2011

Call For More Awareness Of Environmental Pollutants In The Hindu

The Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, S. Gandhiselvan has called for greater efforts at spreading awareness among the common population about the ill-effects caused to human health by environmental exposure to mutagens and carcinogens.

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November 08, 2010

"Paris Diary" Published In Outlook India

It Mother Teresa’s centenary year was ushered in in India and elsewhere in the world on August 26 this year. In New Delhi, the president released a five-rupee coin bearing her imprint.

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September 14, 2010

Unesco Paris Birth Centenary Mother Teresa

Beatified by Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997), Roman Catholic nun and missionary, founder of the order of Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, devoted her life to the poor and the needy.

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August 26, 2010

"Article On Mother Teresa" Published In The Tribune, Chandigarh

She spoke of loving, caring and sharing on the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birth, her biographer, Navin Chawla, writes about the life and healing touch of the Nobel Peace Prize winner who was "the most powerful woman in the world".

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August 25, 2010

"Mother Teresa: A Remembrance" Published The Hindu

PTI Nuns from Missionaries of Charity paying tribute to Mother Teresa during mother's birth centenary celebrations in Bhopal on Tuesday. This day marks the birth centenary of a simple nun who, through her work among the poorest of the poor, became the conscience-keeper of her century.

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January 19, 2010

"An Unusual Friendship" Published In The Hindu

Asked what he, a Communist and atheist, could possibly have in common with Mother Teresa for whom God was everything, Jyoti Basu said with a smile: “We both share a love for the poor.”

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August 26, 2009

"The Mystery Of Mother Teresa" Published The Hindu

To love one’s neighbour was to love God — this was the key, not the size of her mission or the power others perceived in her.

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August 25,2009

"A Biographer’s Tribute" Published In The Telegraph

Mother Teresa, with whom I had 23 years of association, was a multidimensional figure, both simple and complex at the same time.

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August 26, 2008

"Mother Teresa And The Joy Of Giving" Published In The Hindu

The Nobel laureate’s biographer in his annual tribute on her birth anniversary notes that there was no difference between her precepts and her practice.

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April 28, 2008

Unlit Lamps in Attics Published In Outlook Magazine

The stigma born of leprosy cuts across all man-made barriers of race, caste, class and religion. Even after the leprosy bacteria is absent in the body thanks to now easily accessible medicine, the tell-tale scars pursue that unfortunate, affected person till the end.

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August 26, 2007

"The Miracle Of Faith" Published In The Hindu

“The work goes on,” Mother Teresa answered when asked what would happen to the Missionaries of Charity after her death. “As long as we remain committed to the poorest of the poor and do not end up serving the rich, the work will prosper.”

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November 3, 2006

"Special Braille Machine For Blind Voters" Published In The Tribune

Braille voting machines would be installedfor use by blind and physically challenged nearfor blind institutes in Punjab in the Assembly elections.

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August 26, 2006

"Memories Of Mother Teresa" Published In The Hindu

Asked what he, a Communist and atheist, could possibly have in common with Mother Teresa for whom God was everything, Jyoti Basu said with a smile: “We both share a love for the poor.”

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August 26, 2004

"Saint Of The Dispossessed" Published In The Hindu

The miracle was Mother Teresa's life itself. She epitomised goodness and faith, reached out without being judgmental, sought no explanations, only tried to comfort and offer succour. A 94th birth anniversary tribute by her biographer.

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September 16-29, 2000

"Remembering Mother Teresa" Published In Frontline Weekly Magazine

"What we are doing is nothing but a drop in the ocean. But if we didn't do it, the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things. To me what matters is an individual.

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July 19, 1999

"The Golden Indian" Published In Outlook India

AS I stood in the small study where his body lay wrapped in a white sheet, his face as serene as it was in life, I could not help but recall our last conversation in the same room barely three weeks ago.

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1997

Frontline 1997 Article Published In Hindu

Her philosophy on some issues met with criticism, but for her work of charity she will be remembered as Mother Teresa of the Poor.

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September 15, 1997

"Touch The Poor" Published In India Today Magazine

Mother Teresa, once described as a 'religious imperialist' and more commonly regarded as a 'saint', was at many levels a very ordinary woman, yet someone who has led one of the most extraordinary lives of this century.

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