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Chakshu Roy

The writer is head of outreach PRS Legislative Research.

Parliamentary disruption has become the norm, this Lok Sabha mirrors the decline
Thu, Jan 10, 2019

In the last decade, MPs have raised slogans, snatched papers from ministers and used pepper spray in the House.

‘Private’ efforts at legislation: How they are made, how often they succeed
Tue, Nov 06, 2018

How are private member’s Bills introduced and discussed? What chance does such a Bill have of becoming law?

How Rajya Sabha elects Deputy Chairperson
Wed, Aug 08, 2018

For only position elected solely by Upper House members, process is simple, contests have been rare.

The story of no-confidence
Sat, Jul 21, 2018

After 15 years, Lok Sabha will debate a motion of no-confidence today. What is this Parliamentary test? Which earlier Prime Ministers have faced this motion, and how did they fare in those tests?

Rules for the Elders
Mon, May 28, 2018

Rajya Sabha committee must look beyond the symptoms of dysfunction.

Explained: How 220 MLAs will vote for or against BS Yeddyurappa today
Sat, May 19, 2018

The Indian Express explain rules for floor test, and selection and role of pro tem Speaker

How the current impeachment law for removal of judges was shaped
Wed, Apr 25, 2018

Lok Sabha’s attempt to lay down the procedure for removal of a judge in 1964 did not bear fruit as it was dissolved following the completion of its term. An impeachment law was finally enacted in 1968.

Parliament in 2017: A mixed year in the two Houses
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Parliament in 2017 was marked by disruptions, delays and comparatively less discussion on national issues — but also, the passing of key Bills.

An Oversight Problem
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

For now, Parliament is ill-equipped to oversee economic issues in an integrated way

When Parliament meets
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

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.

Monsoon Session ends today; only 9 Bills out of 25 passed by Houses
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

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%.

A House For Mr Naidu
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

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.

A Great Figurehead
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Let us hope that India’s new President, like others before, will rise to the office

Lost in implementation
Mon, Apr 17, 2017

Overhaul rulemaking process to prevent government bypassing the will of Parliament

What ex-MPs get, what issues pension debate raises
Thu, Mar 30, 2017

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.

Enemy property: what it is, how the new law changes its status
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

The Defence of India Acts were temporary laws that ceased to operate after the wars ended.

Budgeting For Democracy
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

Parliament needs more funds for research, infrastructure and digital outreach

Listening to the President speak: Law, Pakistan, Corruption — 1952 to 2016
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

An analysis of the contents of the President’s Address to both Houses of Parliament over the years.

Should Hear Them
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

It’s time parliamentary panels open their doors when witnesses testify.

Put House In Order
Mon, Dec 12, 2016

Parliamentary procedures require a thorough revamp.

Bricks And Mortar As Well
Mon, Aug 08, 2016

More than a new building, Parliament needs an update of its procedures.

A Question For Parliament
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Can the House deal with disruption instead of being held hostage to it?

Way Of The Committee
Thu, Nov 26, 2015

Can Parliament be insulated from the vagaries of the political climate?

Unfinished business
Thu, Jan 09, 2014

The 15th Lok Sabha has passed some big-ticket laws. But not enough laws.

Election and renewal
Thu, Dec 05, 2013

It shouldn’t be business as usual for the newly elected state assemblies.