December 23, 2015

Misdiagnosis of the Rajya Sabha Malfunction

Praveen Chakravarty and Tathagata Satpathy explain in their article in The Hindu, "Why we must be very cautious of the current effort to reduce the powers of the Rajya Sabha and to dilute the provisions of the anti-defection legislation." The authors write:

 

"Efforts to thwart productivity of either House of Parliament are condemnable and should trigger a debate on reforms to minimise them. However, mere opposition to a bill in the Rajya Sabha that has been passed by the Lok Sabha cannot be an excuse to curtail its powers. It is important to separate the two issues, legislative productivity vis-à-vis legislative dissent, which seem to have been muddled up in the current discourse. Amid these jumbled arguments, somehow the anti-defection law and the party whip have also been charged of abetting this failure of the Rajya Sabha to function, thus apportioning blame to everyone from our founding fathers to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi for all our current evils. While it is tempting to attempt to string all these disparate issues into one rope with which to hang all of them, it is important to understand the guiding principles behind these laws and determine if those are still relevant to modern-day India before venturing into knee-jerk reforms."

 

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Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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