In conversation with Republic TV

Amidst the campaigning and election fervor in Assam, enjoyed talking to Republic TV in an interview on March 20, 2021.  Excerpts from the interview How do you start your day, especially during elections? I like to start my day with exercise. I believe it helps me stay fit and keeps me fresh. I travel withContinue reading “In conversation with Republic TV”

We, The Opposition

As a public policy student more than a decade ago during my time in Israel, I witnessed widespread farmer protests. These farmers were protesting the loss of land due to encroachments in the West Bank. These protests highlighted to me, the need for a structural Opposition for effectuating democratic rights of common people against theContinue reading “We, The Opposition”

Decentralisation of Indian democracy

In 507BC, Rome witnessed the emergence of a political system that would continue to govern the world in 21st century. Democracy has evolved from a modest show of hands to today’s elaborate multi-party system, preserving the value of people’s participation at its core. Today, as the world faces complexities of governance, India shoulders a higher burdenContinue reading “Decentralisation of Indian democracy”

Supplementary Demand for Grants- Another withdrawal without accountability

India is in a state of unprecedented crisis. The challenges include the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese aggression on our borders and most importantly, the poor state of the economy. It is pertinent to highlight Prime Minister Modi’s concern as the Chief Minister of Gujarat in November 2013 when he said, “the economy is in trouble,Continue reading “Supplementary Demand for Grants- Another withdrawal without accountability”

Amendment to FCRA- Another attempt to curb dissent

The Government introduced the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 in the monsoon session. As mentioned in the speech in the Parliament on September 21, 2020, the intention to strengthen national security and encourage good governance of NGOs is appreciable, but should not become the pretext for silencing dissent and critics of the BJP government.Continue reading “Amendment to FCRA- Another attempt to curb dissent”

Anti- Farmer Legislations

The three Bills – Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance Bill, 2020 and The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Bill, 2020 passed in the Parliament during the monsoon session are not only against the federal structure of India, but also have the ability to spell doom onContinue reading “Anti- Farmer Legislations”

BJP’s concessions to big businesses

The Companies (Amendment) Bill introduced in the monsoon session amends the Companies Act, 2013. The primary objective of this Bill is to decriminalise certain offences to omit imprisonment and fine. It also reduces the quantum of fine payable as penalty for certain offences. For instance, penalty under Section 92 of the Act has been reducedContinue reading “BJP’s concessions to big businesses”

PM-CARES Fund vs. Prime Minister’s Relief Fund (PMNRF)

Speech made on September 19, 2020 during the consideration of the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020. In the latest amendment to the Income Tax Act, 1961 under the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020, the Government has granted the PM-CARES fund aContinue reading “PM-CARES Fund vs. Prime Minister’s Relief Fund (PMNRF)”

Mapping China’s Standing in the Times of Covid-19

Over the past few years the tensions between United States and China have engulfed the major and emerging countries across the world. The US-China relationship has surely evolved from the bonhomie during Nixon-Kissinger years to the Asia Pivot under Bush-Obama years-to finally an all-out trade war under Trump-Xi Jiping. Within this context, there is aContinue reading “Mapping China’s Standing in the Times of Covid-19”

Child Protection in the Lockdown

As the world navigates the battle against the pandemic of COVID-19, we are witnessing social distancing and confinement measures of unparalleled magnitude. In such times of isolation, we must bring our attention to one of the most vulnerable sections of society that have their well being at risk – our children. First, and the mostContinue reading “Child Protection in the Lockdown”