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”

Registering Change: New Bill proposes setting up Sex Offender Registry for child abusers.

The statistical information around increasing incidence of child sexual abuse in India is a sobering reminder for why we need radical changes in our fight against Child Sexual Abuse. According to government figures released in December ’17, a child is sexually abused every 15 minutes. Alarming statistics like these, with recurring headlines of horrific incidentsContinue reading “Registering Change: New Bill proposes setting up Sex Offender Registry for child abusers.”

BJP’s Lacklustre War on Corruption

For all its tough talk on corruption the BJP government’s actions are contradictory and have weakened the anti-corruption reforms in the country. Demonetization is the latest in the long saga of failed promises of the government which includes Rs 15 lakh in every account, making the names of Swiss bank account holders public and penalizingContinue reading “BJP’s Lacklustre War on Corruption”