It’s rare to see Parliament function these days. But when it does, it isn’t an embarrassment. In the much-awaited debate on the Food Security Bill in the Lok Sabha, members marshaled statistics and formulated arguments to put across their party’s standpoint. Read more

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Are early elections a possibility? Mamata Banerjee’s decision to withdraw support to the UPA at the Centre has triggered afresh the old debate. The studied ambivalence of the Congress-led regime’s outside supporters—the SP and the BSP—has only compounded the uncertainty. Read more

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Parliament turns sixty on May 13. And while it celebrates six decades of its existence, it would be appropriate for it to reflect upon the efficacy of the system in general and the image of the parliamentarian in particular. Read more

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The media is agog about a larger role for Rahul Gandhi in the Congress organisation. Why now; towards what objective? I’ve no ready answers. If the speculation isn’t without basis, I’d be surprised by the timing of the move. Read more

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My respect for Parliament is anchored in my commitment to parliamentary democracy. For that reason, I’m convinced that citizens should be deferential towards elected bodies — from the gram panchayat to the Lok Sabha. Read more

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Lal Krishna Advani lamented the other day the absence of somebody like the late V P Singh who could raise the banner of revolt against the Congress leadership from within in this season of scams that makes the alleged Bofors gun deal kickbacks seem the work of a pickpocket! Read more

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The BJP’s demand for a Bharat Ratna for Atal Bihari Vajpayee is loaded with political meaning — come as it does at a time the principal Opposition is seeking Dr Manmohan Singh’s resignation over the 2G spectrum scam. Read more

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Parliament is a forum for debate, not a boxing arena it threatened to become before the passage of the women’s reservation bill in the Rajya Sabha. But who’s to be blamed for the plummeting standards, the government or the Opposition? The Members or Presiding Officers? Read more

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Myopia. That’s what afflicts right-wing Pakistani opinion makers while reading Budgets presented in Indian Parliament. They   ignore other elements in the gigantic exercise— entailing expenditure of lakhs of crore of rupees— to focus on our Defence allocations. Read more

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