Congress election pitch – will not formally announce Rahul as PM candidate

For the past many days, there was a feverish build-up going on for the date of 17th January, 2014; this is the date at which the Congress will have a large session. The expectation from this session was that because of the oncoming Lok Sabha elections (expected within the next few months), the Congress will […]

Is Your MP Underpaid? – they voted a huge hike for themselves

Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Bill to hike Members of Parliaments salaries despite a walkout by the Left , demanding a provision for an independent mechanism to fix the MPs salaries. The Salary, Allowance and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2010, provides threefold hike in basic salaries of MPs from Rs 16,000 […]

The Women’s reservation Bill and the various problems that it faces

The Women’s Reservation Bill, a long pending legislation, was finally brought into Parliament for voting, and it produced the anticipated furore. The Government (and the previous BJP Government) had long dithered over getting in the bill to vote, worried about the impact of the Bill on their supporting parties. For example, even though the Government […]