A Surya Prakash


A Surya Prakash is a Senior Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation. He specialises in constitutional and parliamentary affairs. He is also the author of ‘What Ails Indian Parliament’ (HarperCollins, 1995). 

Rahul’s atonement too little too late

Tuesday, 05 Dec 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

The Congress leader’s ‘Operation Somnath’ floundered because India has not forgotten that Nehru, its first PM, did everything possible to stall temple reconstruction The recent controversy surrounding the Congress party’s soon-to-be president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the Somnath Mandir in Gujarat tells us the depths to which politicians can sink during...

The making of the Padmavati controversy

Tuesday, 21 Nov 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Frenzy and irrational responses to Bhansali's film Padmavati can be traced to the deep distrust among the Hindu majority about the history of India written by pseudo-secular, Nehruvian and Marxist historians On the face of it, there can be no logic to the mass hysteria one is witnessing today about Sanjay...

Historical injustices must be undone

Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

The nation owes a great debt to Sardar Patel, the man who achieved what was thought to be the impossible task of unifying India. The Modi regime is right in feting him The biggest challenge India faced on August 15, 1947, when it attained independence was the presence of 554 princely...

False Affidavits: MPs must be penalized

Tuesday, 24 Oct 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

There is no law requiring candidates to submit documents to substantiate the claims made in their affidavits; this should change Two public interest petitions filed before the Supreme Court are seeking strong penal action against MPs and MLAs who are dishonest in their averments about their assets and liabilities or their...

Stage is set to get back to simultaneous elections

Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

EC's declaration that by 2018 it will be in a position to hold simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies has taken the logistics issue out of the debate. It’s for the Government to forge a political consensus The proposal to hold simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and...

Rohingya issue: National security must prevail

Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

It is true that India has traditionally been hospitable to people in distress but any action/policy that places the well-being of citizens in jeopardy must be rejected. Government must identify and deport the Rohingyas soon As in the past, bleeding heart liberals have displayed utter insensitivity to the welfare and security...

Triple talaq: Battle half won, the war remains

Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

There can be little doubt that the apex court's judgement on triple talaq takes us a step forward in ending a demeaning practice, but it would be optimistic to see this as an advancement towards a Uniform Civil Code There can be little doubt that the Supreme Court’s judgement in the...

Just certify films, do not censor them

Tuesday, 29 Aug 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Since we have some weighty arguments against insensitive and thoughtless censorship of films, one hopes that the CBFC will move with the times and take necessary steps to limit itself to film certification Now that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has a new chairman, one hopes that the controversies...

Sachin Tendulkar must redeem his iconic status

Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Since Tendulkar does not have the time or inclination for Parliament work, he must take a decision that enables him to redeem the love and respect of citizens and command the stature worthy of a Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar’s sudden appearance in the Rajya Sabha for a brief while on August...

Free speech brigade silent on Indu Sarkar

Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

The Congress has been vociferously protesting against Madhur Bhandarkar’s film that has the Emergency period as its backdrop. But the party cannot obliterate history The current campaign by the Congress against Madhur Bhandarkar’s film, Indu Sarkar, and the initial cuts suggested by the Central Board of Film Certification (popularly called the...


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