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)”

Raising the critical issue of hate speech- In Parliament

 Online platforms like, Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp started with a noble intention of building communities, reaching out to long lost families and friends.   Now-a-days, they are left unchecked and unmonitored. People are leaving these platforms because of the pile of abuses, insults and violent content which are heaped upon them.  Women are the worst sufferersContinue reading “Raising the critical issue of hate speech- In Parliament”

On the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code- In Parliament

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code is definitely one of the more constructive steps taken by the previous Government. We all want that our banks get rid of the issues with respect to non-performing assets, have access to credit that they can further lend to the other sectors. It is definitely a big task for theContinue reading “On the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code- In Parliament”

Opinions on the Special Protection Group Act – In Parliament

“This Bill is nothing but a political vendetta, camouflaged in legislation. It is ironical that this Bill was born out of an assassination of a former Prime Minister and it was later amended by the assassination of another former Prime Minister. Now, this Bill is being brought to withdraw protection of the members of thatContinue reading “Opinions on the Special Protection Group Act – In Parliament”

Miscalculations and Shoddy Implementation- NRC Fiasco

The fear of being rendered homeless and stateless has once again swept over Assam. The first draft under NRC, shoddily orchestrated under the Bharatiya Janata Party regime, left out over 40 lakh people in 2018. This included people like Mohammad A Haq, who served in the Indian Army for an upward of 30 years. 40Continue reading “Miscalculations and Shoddy Implementation- NRC Fiasco”

On the IIT Amendment Bill

When we talk about the institutions of national importance, one of the implications is that they are able to confer, award their own degrees. This Act is an Act of Parliament and came into being in 1961.Often in our approach to education in the past, we have focused on quantity and numbers. Whether it isContinue reading “On the IIT Amendment Bill”