Articles by Chakshu Roy
The need for the building was born out of the constitutional reforms of 1919 known also as the Montagu Chelmsford Reforms.
The NDA has a comfortable majority in Parliament, and the outcome of the no-confidence motion is a forgone conclusion. The debates will set the tone for 2024
The upcoming session will likely be stormy. But beyond the rows, it will hold cues on Opposition unity, parliamentary strategy and the run-up to 2024
The NCP churn is a test case for the Supreme Court’s guidelines laid down in the Shiv Sena order. It shows, once again, the weakness of the anti-defection law
Modi joins an elite club of leaders who addressed the US Congress more than once. This moment is ripe for our Parliament to imbibe a few good practices
The new Parliament building is a state-of-the-art facility that will help the lawmaking process. But, parliamentary procedures also need a fresh look
It now only helps political parties control their MLAs and cling on to power. Should it continue to be a part of our Constitution?
To resolve Parliament's logjam will need structural changes in the rules of agenda setting and more dedicated time for debate.
This year, Parliament will move from its 90-plus-year-old building to a new one. As part of that transition, it should reimagine its rules to make the institution more deliberative and one that scrutinises laws more thoroughly
Governors and state governments usually lock horns over the discretionary powers the former exercises. The framers of our Constitution wanted governors to act on the advice of ministers and exercise discretion only in select matters
As chairman of the Rajya Sabha, the vice-president must ensure the smooth conduct of proceedings, while also strengthening deliberations on the floor of the House. This is key
By barring members from voting or speaking against the party on any issue, it weakened legislatures. And, as the turmoil in Maharashtra shows, it fundamentally altered the relationship between a politician and the party
Governors often exercise discretion in deciding who to invite to form the government, especially in the case of close elections. They must be fair and judicious, and discharge their duty without fear or favour
Updated on Mar 09, 2022 06:46 PM IST
It should look beyond the punishment model of dealing with disruptions. And while a change in procedure will help, it is the spirit of accommodation and compromise that will provide a long-term solution to interruptions
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 07:26 PM IST
To do justice to the vision of the Constitution’s drafters, and encourage greater deliberation, Parliament needs a set of structural changes
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 09:45 PM IST
Parliament can change its rules to give MPs more teeth in questioning the government and empower its committees to become critical stakeholders in the law-making process. This will increase the stake that MPs have in the effective functioning of the institution, and disincentivise them from disrupting it. But this alone will not stop parliamentary disruptions.
Updated on Aug 12, 2021 10:27 AM IST
Both to scrutinise legislative proposals, and hold the government accountable, the political class must ensure a working Parliament
Updated on Jul 25, 2021 06:37 PM IST
The session saw Parliament doing a lot of work. But effective legislatures are measured by their outcomes and not by their output. It is time for the government and Opposition parties to prioritise their legislative responsibilities.
Updated on Mar 28, 2021 10:28 PM IST
Last week, protests by the Opposition, demanding a discussion on rising fuel prices, led to disruptions in Parliament. The two Houses were barely able to work for three hours each over the first three days
Published on Mar 14, 2021 08:05 PM IST
With assembly elections three months away, the confidence motion’s outcome will be unimportant in Puducherry’s history. But the event will highlight the failure of the anti-defection law and raise an important question. How long will a law which continues to stifle debate in our legislatures continue to be a part of our Constitution?
Updated on Feb 22, 2021 06:36 AM IST
The need for the upkeep, repurposing and enhancements in the building had become evident early on
Updated on Dec 09, 2020 08:30 PM IST
The spirit in which the government engages in parliamentary debate will be key
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 12:57 PM IST
It doesn’t prevent legislators from shifting loyalties when they wish, but stifles their voice on policy issues
Updated on Jul 26, 2020 05:47 PM IST
Has it been subject to scrutiny? How will it be implemented? Is it appropriate for the issue?
Updated on Jun 09, 2020 07:20 PM IST
It is an institution of public trust and needs to scrutinise executive actions, especially in a crisis
Published on Apr 13, 2020 08:13 PM IST
ByChakshu Roy and Abhijit Banare
They can serve as the intellectual compass for governance. MPs must take them more seriously
Updated on Dec 11, 2019 07:49 PM IST