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). 

The Emergency: Heroes and villains

Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

If we fail to remember the heroes of the Emergency and forget who its villains were,we will not be able to protect and preserve our democratic way of life Apart from the dreaded heat that the month of June brings with it, it also brings back painful memories of the...

Legal remedies to prevent unethical coalitions

Tuesday, 05 Jun 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Post-election bonhomie between parties which were at loggerheads with each other during the campaign is unethical. The people’s mandate must reflect in the process of Government formation The political fallout of the hung verdict delivered by the Karnataka electorate in the recent State Assembly election where losers ganged up to form...

Impeachment: The Chairman was right

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

It’s surprising that seasoned lawyers and parliamentarians have questioned the right of Rajya Sabha Chairman to apply his mind at the admission stage of the motion to remove the Chief Justice The decision of Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, to reject the notice for impeachment...

It’s time to recall Ambedkar’s advice

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

The Government has filed a review petition against the apex court’s judgement on SC/ST Act. Citizens must abandon the path of violence to put forth their grievances and let the judicial process take its course The nation observed Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14 around the time when there were disturbances in...

India's unity is non-negotiable

Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Fifty-six years later, demands for a separate identity for the South are once again being heard. We must remind ourselves of Vajpayee’s call for unity and nip the current challenge in the bud After five decades, some reckless and irresponsible voices calling for secession are once again being heard in the...

Impaired Parliament can have serious implications

Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

The absence of serious debate in the Indian legislature can have serious implications. It will become difficult to justify the very existence of Parliament and the huge Budget allocated to it The dysfunctionality of India’s Parliament has been a matter of concern for many years now but even the worst sceptics...

Of historical lies and countering negationism

Wednesday, 14 Mar 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

The English-educated class that has turned the negation of India's civilisational greatness into a fashion statement needs to be dislodged from its perch if correctives are to be applied One of the issues that needs to be addressed as we seek to sort out the problems posed by Marxist interpretation of...

Overpowering shadows of history

Tuesday, 27 Feb 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Conferences like the one held at IGNCA on Aurangzeb and Dara Shikoh are significant in not only correcting the distortion of history but also in helping India make the transition from the pseudo-secular to the secular The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi recently played host to...

No end to roadblock in the Rajya Sabha

Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Given the problems faced by Governments in seeing through legislative work in the Upper House, one wonders whether N Gopalaswami Ayyangar failed to foresee what the Congress would do seven decades hence One of the drawbacks of a bicameral Parliament in a federal state like India is that victory in a...

End to Haj subsidy: A gutsy decision

Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

By withdrawing subsidies for Haj pilgrimage, the Modi Government has taken a courageous decision and sent a message that it desires to be even-handed while dealing with religious and social groups The Narendra Modi Government’s decision to withdraw the subsidy given to Haj pilgrims is the first major initiative to reverse...


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