Unless Parliament sits for longer durations, its vigilance over the government is not effective. Thus, the executive’s accountability to the legislature becomes the casualty. This seriously undermines our Constitutional scheme of things. This needs to be corrected by ensuring a mandatory 100 sittings a year, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Noting that this victory comes with the “challenge of rising expectations,” the Prime Minister described this as a verdict for “inclusive growth”, “equitable development”, “a secular and plural India”. If this has to be translated into action, then the existing state of denial on the disastrous impact of the global economic recession must be discarded, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Racist outrages, like the one against Indians in Australia, are an expression of a deeper malaise, writes Sitaram Yechury.
UPA II is running with the hares and hunting with the hounds while dealing with the aam aadmi, writes Sitaram Yechury.
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The controversies concerning the Indo-Pak joint statement are just part of a larger jigsaw puzzle, which is defining the contours of an India rushing into becoming a subordinate ally of the US, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The BJP’s identity crisis and the RSS’s increasing control over it are threatening India’s secular fabric, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The capitalist world is distorting the past to stop the possible return of a socialist order, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Copernicus, Galileo and so many others faced persecution for challenging the ‘status quo’. Some of the new discoveries may not be palatable. Sitaram Yechury writes.
As the two Indias continue to hurtle in opposite directions, one feeding off the other, State intervention to rescue our poor is the need of the hour, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The developed world led by America is openly playing politics with climate change. It’s our duty not to give in, writes Sitaram Yechury.
An economic boom will not ensure better health for the people. The government needs to invest heavily to fix our healthcare system, writes Sitaram Yechury.
While the rich are getting richer, the common man is facing rising prices thanks to speculation and official hikes. This will lead to social tensions, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The government can’t be allowed to undervalue human life. Both the Bhopal gas verdict and the Nuclear Liability Bill must be reconsidered, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Socialism has often been used to mask the growth of capitalism in India. But instead of removing socialism from the Constitution, let’s make the directive principles of State policy mandatory, writes Sitaram Yechury.