Making parties constitutional

Synopsis: The majority of the countries do not provide constitutional status for Political parties. But it is time for making political parties constitutional. Introduction Political parties maintain a continuous connection between the people and those who represent them, either in government or in the opposition. But despite that, they do not provide constitutional status. What… Continue reading Making parties constitutional

Explained: Anti-defection law, for independent legislators

What is the News? An independent MLA from Gujarat has said he has joined the Congress “in spirit”. This is because, under the anti-defection law, an independent lawmaker becomes disqualified if the person joins a political party after the election. What is Anti Defection Law? The Tenth Schedule — popularly known as the Anti-Defection Law—… Continue reading Explained: Anti-defection law, for independent legislators

Forgotten Vista: Beyond History And Archaeology

Synopsis: This article explains the various methods to make National Museum more public engaging. Introduction The government’s Central Vista project plans to increase the size of the Parliament, placement of buildings for military personnel, and additions to the bureaucracy to cater the present and future India’s needs. Similarly, the Central Vista project will also shift… Continue reading Forgotten Vista: Beyond History And Archaeology

PM launches Sansad TV

What is the News? The Prime Minister of India has launched Sansad TV on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy. About Sansad TV Sansad TV has been formed by merging the two parliamentarian channels Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV.  The merger was done based on the recommendations of a committee formed… Continue reading PM launches Sansad TV

Tamil Nadu tables Bill to ensure seating facilities for employees at shops

What is the News? The Tamil Nadu Government has tabled a bill in the State Assembly that recognizes workers ‘right to sit’.  Note: Kerala is the only other State to have legislated on the ‘right to sit’ in 2018. What is the Bill? The bill seeks to amend the Tamil Nadu Shops and Establishments Act,… Continue reading Tamil Nadu tables Bill to ensure seating facilities for employees at shops

How are Rajya Sabha members punished for misconduct in the House?

Source: Indian Express Relevance: To understand the suspension of the members of Rajya Sabha Synopsis: There have been incidents of misconduct inside the house. The recent incident raises the question of action that should be taken against such members. Introduction: There are speculations in the Rajya Sabha (RS) over the punishment to MP for the misconduct.… Continue reading How are Rajya Sabha members punished for misconduct in the House?

How can we guarantee the Speaker’s impartiality?

Source: Indian Express  Relevance: To understand the role of the speaker in the functioning of the Indian parliament. Synopsis: Either allow Parliament and state legislatures to descend into terminal decline or make the Speaker truly independent and let every legislature perform its constitutional function Introduction The main reason behind declining in the functioning of Parliament &… Continue reading How can we guarantee the Speaker’s impartiality?

Powerless MPs, MLAs: Lawmakers don’t question laws in part because anti-defection rules snuff out all dissent

Source: TOI  Relevance: This article discusses the disruptive functioning and degrading quality of the Parliament. Synopsis: Anti-defection rule was passed with the right intent of checking dissent. However, it is now choking the freedom of speech and expression in Parliament. Functioning of Parliament: Laws badly drafted by bureaucrats escape lawmakers’ scrutiny. Rush job legislations are becoming… Continue reading Powerless MPs, MLAs: Lawmakers don’t question laws in part because anti-defection rules snuff out all dissent

Parliament is abdicating its oversight role

Source: The Hindu, TOI Relevance: The article signifies how the frequent disruptions lead to improper functioning of the house The recent session of Parliament: This session has ended abruptly, and before its scheduled date. This is the 4th straight session that ended ahead of its original schedule, other than the cancelled winter 2020 session. This led… Continue reading Parliament is abdicating its oversight role

Setting new house rules

Source: Indian Express  Synopsis: The legislative body’s role must be strengthened and deepened so that disruption of proceedings ceases to be an option. Background: Disruption is replacing discussion as the foundation of our legislative functioning. In this regard, the government is considering curtailing the monsoon session of Parliament.  All sessions since last year have been… Continue reading Setting new house rules