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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). 

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...

Electoral bonds: A step forward for India

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Unless politics is funded by clean money and parties, in turn, pick clean candidates, the system will remain hostage to corrupt elements in society Although India is the largest democracy in the world and has over 815 million individuals on its electoral rolls, it is way behind other democracies when it...

The power of NOTA and the Indian voter

Monday, 01 Jan 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Electoral outcomes in Gujarat followed a different trajectory. Despite popular vote, the NOTA option made the contest difficult for the BJP. This is something all political parties must take note of The outcome of the recently held Gujarat Assembly election results has for the first time clearly established the power of...

A new perspective on the anti-defection law

Tuesday, 19 Dec 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Venkaiah Naidu's decision to disqualify Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar from the Upper House has added a new dimension to the anti-defection law while reinforcing the original intent of the lawmakers The decision of Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice President of India and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, to disqualify two members...

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...


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