Parliament in 2017 was marked by disruptions, delays and comparatively less discussion on national issues — but also, the passing of key Bills.
For now, Parliament is ill-equipped to oversee economic issues in an integrated way
The Constitution that came into force in 1950 required Parliament to be summoned twice in a year, with a gap of no more than six months between its sessions.
Disruptions reduced the time for deliberations; Session had its share of controversies as well. Lok Sabha worked for approximately 70% of its scheduled time, and Rajya Sabha for about 73%.
Perhaps the biggest challenge for the new vice president will be to assume a non-partisan role while managing the functioning of the House. The new VP will need to have the confidence of MPs on both sides of the aisle. He will have to play the arbiter between political parties and set the benchmark for non-partisan conduct.
Let us hope that India’s new President, like others before, will rise to the office
Overhaul rulemaking process to prevent government bypassing the will of Parliament
Ex-MPs can travel free in AC First Class of any train when travelling alone, and in AC Second Class with a companion, both for free.
The Defence of India Acts were temporary laws that ceased to operate after the wars ended.
Parliament needs more funds for research, infrastructure and digital outreach
An analysis of the contents of the President’s Address to both Houses of Parliament over the years.
It’s time parliamentary panels open their doors when witnesses testify.
Parliamentary procedures require a thorough revamp.
More than a new building, Parliament needs an update of its procedures.
Can the House deal with disruption instead of being held hostage to it?
Can Parliament be insulated from the vagaries of the political climate?
The 15th Lok Sabha has passed some big-ticket laws. But not enough laws.
It shouldnt be business as usual for the newly elected state assemblies.
Enacting hasty new legislation in response to public events is not the answer
The 15th Lok Sabha marks a new low in productivity