articles by Jagdeep S Chhokar

Politics

Union Budget 2017-18: Why Arun Jaitley’s big political funding reform is just an eye wash

The Union Budget for 2017-2018 presented by the Finance Minister in the Lok Sabha on 1 February, 2017 has been widely hailed. One of the features that attracted a lot of adulation is the section in the Finance Minister’s budget speech

India

FCRA: Are political parties unique organisations, and thus above the law?

The past year-and-a-half or so has seen several instances of very prompt action having been taken against some civil society organisations (CSOs) based on suspicions and allegations of violations of the FCRA

Politics

Demonetisation: 'State funding’ only a distraction in the black money crusade

Just about six days after the announcement of the demonetisation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes, the Prime Minister once again raised the issues of state funding of elections and simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies. Are these issues real, particularly in the current context?

India

PMO's interference in the workings of EC questions state of propriety in India

The substantive issue is whether it is feasibility, and advisable, to hold elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies simultaneously. While the merits and demerits of holding simultaneous elections can, and should, be discussed, what the above sequence of events highlights is the process that seems to be being followed.

Politics

Building a 'Lakshman rekha' brick by brick: A perverse lesson from Uttarakhand

The lesson that needs to be learnt from Uttarakhand is for political parties to mend their ways of working. Unless that happens, not only the legislature but the entire architecture of democracy will be destroyed.

Politics

Money in politics: Bernie Sanders spoke against a practice of which Vijay Mallya is guilty

If Sanders is one end of the ‘money in politics’ continuum, Mallya epitomises the other end, a blatant example of the use of big money in politics.

Politics

Simultaneous elections: Is there any greater priority in a democracy than voting?

In trying to understand the concept of simultaneous elections, a chronological sequence of events deserves attention