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). 

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...

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...


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