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). 

Playing with Constitution and prospering too

Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Nearly every villain of the Emergency that Indira Gandhi had imposed, lived to flourish in the political-administrative system. Is this how we are going to protect democracy? June 25 marks yet another anniversary of the Internal Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975, which turned the world’s largest democracy into a...

Any falsehood will do to ridicule majority

Tuesday, 06 Jun 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

The new Rules have been framed to prevent widespread cruelty to animals, and based on the apex court's directives. Where does a ban on beef consumption come in? Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to keep the focus on development, his detractors have used every opportunity over the last three years...

Getting mullahs out of Constitution’s way

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Supreme Court’s verdict on triple talaq can be a turning point for both the minority community and the concept of gender parity. Let’s keep our fingers crossed Last week, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court completed its hearing of a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of triple...

Archaeology holds key to Ayodhya resolution

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

The ASI's excavations and findings have conclusively answered the question raised in the Presidential Reference. The Allahabad High Court relied on the report and concluded that a Hindu temple existed Some weeks ago, Chief Justice of India JS Khehar urged all parties to the Ayodhya dispute to work towards an amicable...

Representation without caring about the south

Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

The President’s concern for greater and meaningful representation of the people in Parliament is well placed, but there are serious political implications if seats are raised in a mechanical fashion, based on population of States President Pranab Mukherjee recently advocated an upward revision in the strength of the Lok Sabha, “to...

When the people vote you out, blame EVMs

Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

We need to ask as to why there was no ruckus about the deployment of voting machines after the election to the Delhi Assembly in February 2015. Kejriwal's AAP had won a mind-boggling 67 of the 70 seats The controversy raised by Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati and Delhi Chief Minister...

Wayward MPs bring infamy to Parliament

Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

If Parliament had, a quarter century ago, put the right of the people, who elect MPs, above that of the privilege of MPs to indulge in gross misdemeanor, we would not have had the Gaikwad incident today The rowdy behaviour of Ravindra Gaikwad, Member of the Lok Sabha, with a senior...

The powerful can’t get away with misdeeds

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

It took a torturous 20 years to send the corrupt to jail in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case. But with the long arm of the law eventually catching up with the accused, public faith has been restored Recently, the Supreme Court of India struck a blow for probity in public life...

More it is muffled, the more Bofors booms

Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

The ghost of the scam will continue to haunt the Nehru-Gandhis until the family honestly owns up that bribes were paid to its near and dear ones by the Swedish arms manufacturer. This is the repentance A confidential assessment made by the West European Division of the Central Investigation Agency (CIA)...

Cleaning up country’s rotten electoral system

Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

The time is ripe to push for reforms to curb the flow of black money in politics. We have the Government’s support and the EC is ready with legislative measures needed to end the menace. What are we waiting for? A detailed analysis of the sources of funding of political parties...


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