Lectures

 

31st TA Pai Memorial Speech By Shri Navin B Chawla

“Have we made a mockery of democracy?”. My answer to that question is “No”. Not everything is perfect, and I feel that our democracy is a work in progress. There are no full stops here. When India had its first election, literacy at that time was only 16%.

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February 10, 2014

Indian Government Must Consider State Funding Of Polls

The government must consider State funding of polls. Otherwise, we could soon have a Parliament comprising oligarchies, writes Navin B Chawla Not long ago, I attended a seminar in Mexico City where over three days, statesmen, academics and electoral officials discussed different aspects of what constituted a real democracy.

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January 17, 2014

Manipal University Manipal

On 17 Jan 2014, Navin B Chawla delivered the 31st T.A Pai Memorial Lecture at Manipal University. The subject was “Has India made a mockery of democracy?” He argued strongly that India had not made a mockery of our democracy.

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September 24, 2012

General Elections 2009 & Electoral Reforms

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections. It consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.

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September 11, 2012

Election Management

"It is truly the greatest show on Earth, and ode to a diverse and democratic ethos… an inspiration to all the world", commented the New York Times, on the recently concluded General Elections 2009.

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September 11, 2012

Voter's Participation

The Election Commission of India is an institution vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections. It presently consists of a CEC and two ECs. The ECs and the CEC are appointed by the President on the advice of Council of Ministers.

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September 10, 2012

Urgency Of Electoral Reforms In India

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections.

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October 6-10, 2011

Greece Paper Rhodes Forum

This paper attempts to configure the evolving ethos and development of India’s Election Commission in the context of a political awakening of its different castes, classes, communities, linguistic groups, scheduled tribes and its multi-religious

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September 2, 2011

Presentation At University Of Petroleum And Energy Studies

“It is truly the greatest show on Earth, and ode to a diverse and democratic ethos… an inspiration to all the world”, commented the New York Times, on the recently concluded General Elections 2009.

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June 13-15, 2011

Presentation By Shri Navin B Chawla In Male

The structure of Parliamentary democracy must necessarily rest on the exercise of franchise by citizens freely and transparently. Elections constitute the signpost of democracy and need to be held at regular intervals to ascertain the political preferences of the electorate.

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August 21, 2010

DC Books Commemmorative Speech

Very briefly put, Democracy is Revolution by consent enforced through elections. Democratic elections do provide platforms for citizens to assert their civil and political rights by holding their elected representative accountable.

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August 6, 2010

Jamia Speech

“It is truly the greatest show on Earth, and ode to a diverse and democratic ethos… an inspiration to all the world”, commented the New York Times, on the recently concluded General Elections 2009. The question is what makes India’s General Elections unique and special?

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May 29-30, 2010

Speech For Dhaka

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections. It consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.

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May 19-21, 2010

Speech For Ghana

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections. It consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.

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April 26, 2010

CEC's Speech Delivered At Madurai

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections. It consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.

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April 16, 2010

Speech For KMA. Kochi

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections. It consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.

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April 10, 2010

Speech For ADR Conference, Bhopal

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections. It consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.

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January 13, 2010

Speech For Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections. It consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.

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May 19-21, 2010

Speech For Ghana

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections. It consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.

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December 30, 2009

Speech For Pondicherry University

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections. It consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.

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December 21, 2009

Speech For IGNOU

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections. It consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.

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November 20, 2009

Speech For MCC, WB - Strong Election Commission, Strong Democracy

“It is truly the greatest show on Earth, and ode to a diverse and democratic ethos… an inspiration to all the world”, commented the New York Times, on the recently concluded General Elections 2009. The question is what makes India’s General Elections unique and special?

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October 27, 2009

Speech For Bhutan As CEC

Before I undertake to do so, I have to say how inspired I have been by the keynote address of H.E. Prime Minister Jigme Thinley on the subject of “Deepening and Sustaining Democracy in Asia” which he delivered recently at Paro, reflecting on the first parliamentary election

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October 3-4, 2009

162nd Founder's Day Speech

The Headmaster, Shri Praveen Vasisht, Members of the Body of Governors, the teachers and staff, Old Sanawarians, parents and students of the School.

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February 14, 2009

SPEECH At IMA, Dehradun

Lieutenant General R.S. Sujlana, AVSM, VSM, Commandant, Indian Military Academy, Major General A.K. Singh, Dy. Commandant & Chief Instructor, Brigadier Ranjit Singh, Head of the Academics Department, Officers and gentlemen cadets of the Indian Military Academy

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February 14, 2009

Elections 2009 - The Indian Experience Standard Speech

The Election Commission of India is an institution vested with the responsibilities of superintendence, direction and control of conduct of elections. It presently consists of a CEC and two ECs. The ECs and the CEC are appointed by the President on the advice of Council of Ministers.

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February 21-23, 2007

Anthropological Congress At Pune

After attaining Independence in 1947, India adopted its Constitution in 1950 proclaiming the country as a Sovereign, Democratic, Republic. A parliamentary democracy on the Westminster model was established and an independent Election Commission set up to ensure regular, free and fair elections.

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October 17-19, 2005

Speech By Mr. Navin Chawla At Mexico

India’s constitutional and electoral democracy is nearly 55 years old. The people of India, the voters and the political parties, all have played their respective roles in a significant manner in strengthening of democratic roots in the country over these five decades and more.

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