As with parliamentary proceedings, access, accountability and open legislatures can help revive public confidence
While the Parliament is often the cynosure of all eyes, state legislatures, unfortunately, seem to gain attention only when a particular state government’s survival is in question
India needs comprehensive law on coronavirus to replace maze of piecemeal guidelines, clarifications; UK, Singapore offer examples
In the absence of a comprehensive legislation dealing with coronavirus, litigants are flocking to courts across the country seeking clarity and protection as a result of these unprecedented circumstances.
Media outlets express concerns about SC judgment on disqualification of politicians facing criminal charges
Media outlets across the country took to express their views on the Supreme Court's decision and discuss the realistic possibility of successfully implementing it.
Full text: Supreme Court judgment on disqualification of politicians facing criminal charges from contesting elections
The Supreme Court on Tuesday left the matter of disqualification of politicians carrying criminal charges against them, to the Parliament saying that the Court cannot add to the grounds of disqualification.
Judiciary vs legislature: Long-running feud only proves that regardless of outcome, status quo alone triumphs
Elevation of Justice KM Joseph to the Supreme Court has brought to an end a long-running saga, one that has brought to the fore the deep divisions that run between the judiciary and the executive in India.
Monsoon Session of Parliament can't stall like Budget sitting did; legislature desperately needs reform
It appears the Parliament is in crisis. We need to have a broad debate reforming its working, the anti-defection law, office of profit, among other areas.
Parliament Logjam Part 12: Understanding the 'political value' of time and how it is weaponised in our parliamentary democracy
We need to lift the veil and witness the real workings of ‘time’ as a potent political tool for contestations of power in our parliamentary democracy.
Parliament Logjam Part 11: Time, the unseen yet powerful factor of politics, is key to controlling legislative discourse
Parliament, or all political activity, hinges on two hands of the clock. Recent events have shown that power can often be wrested in a matter of minutes.
Parliament Logjam Part 10: Enabling stakeholder consultations in policy-making can deepen democracy, improve transparency
A collaborative effort to policy-making is rooted in respect for an individual's dignity, capability and is responsive to genuine felt needs.
Full text: Venkaiah Naidu rejects impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra, says 'Parliamentary rules have been disregarded'
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejected the notice given by opposition parties led by the Congress for impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra citing lack of substantial merit in it.
Parliament logjam Part 2: Examining legislative avenues available to keep govt accountable, exercise necessary oversight
After the recent Budget Session washout, it is important to examine some of the avenues through which the Parliament can exercise its oversight function.
Legislature vs judiciary: Decision to move impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra could fail resoundingly
Is it no wonder then that a rag, tag and bobtail outfit from the Opposition can mess about playing 'party' games and trivialising the act of impeachment of the Chief Justice of India. That CJI Dipak Misra has maintained a dignified silence through these shenanigans is edifying but inside he must be seething at the impropriety of it all.
Supreme Court judges' revolt necessary to stop executive from abusing power, reaffirms free spirit of judiciary
The castigation of the judiciary for not being of the times is unfounded, for, despite the troughs and earthquakes, the Supreme Court of India has remained the vestige of a democratic vision that nationalist leaders had imagined for India
The brief winter session of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly gets underway on Thursday with government likely to table the first supplementary budget.
New legislation on triple talaq should focus on Muslim women's rights rather than criminalising practice
A human rights framework in the legislation on triple talaq would cut through the long-winding interpretations of the Quran and hadith.
Opposition RJD, Congress and CPML Thursday protested in both Houses of the Bihar legislature accusing the state government of "failing" to provide "proper relief" to flood victims in the state
Accused in Pune gangrape case get bail: Govt, courts aren't doing enough for justice for transgenders
The government has waited far too long to provide procedural mechanisms for transgenders.
After holding separate press conferences on the eve of Maharashtra legislature's monsoon session, Congress and NCP said they would take on the government together.
With the entire opposition absent from the proceedings, the UP assembly passed the budget worth several hundred crores for 76 departments in merely 15 minutes.
The Tamil Nadu Assembly witnessed noisy scenes after an opposition member was evicted during a debate over the arrests of state fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy.