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Various Sessions of the Parliament in India
Role of Parliament Sessions in India

A stormy budget session over Land Acquisition Bill has once again garnered attention for wrong reasons. Frequent disruptions of parliament and loss of business hours have often been highlighted as a major concern. On this note, let us find out what do these sessions of parliament actually mean for the country. To start with the obvious, around 790 members of the supreme legislative body in India meet thrice a year. The period during which the parliamentarians convene and conduct the business of each House is referred to as session. Every year, the Parliament of India conducts three [...]Read more

What happens if the Government does not have majority in the Rajya Sabha?
What happens if the Government does not have majority in the Rajya Sabha?

NDA Government’s plan to get the important bills passed in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session has got stonewalled. Modi government was cornered by the opposition parties as they enjoy a majority in the Upper House. NDA’s poor numbers in the Rajya Sabha worked against Modi, who had intended to get the wheel of reforms moving. Be it the Coal Mines Bill or the Insurance Bill, every crucial Bill got bottled up as the ruling government could not shore up enough support for the Land Acquisition Bill.  Democracy in India is all about [...]Read more

Process of Government Formation in India
Process of Government Formation in India

India is a parliamentary democracy and has a federal structure, whereby it is run by elected officials at both national and state levels. There are several factors that decide the government-formation.  Here is a quick look : Forming Government at the Centre As the existing strength of the Lok Sabha is 543, the magic figure comes to 272 that ensures a party or alliance’s majority in the House, necessary to form the government. With large number of regional parties coming in the fray and contesting Lok Sabha elections, it generally becomes difficult for a single party to reach [...]Read more

Significance of Article 14 of Indian Constitution
Significance of Article 14 of Indian Constitution

After the Supreme Court gave its verdict on Sharia courts stating that they have no legal authority and their decisions are not legally binding, the discussions on fundamental rights gained momentum. The court had categorically mentioned that fatwas must not violate the rights of individuals guaranteed by law. In this context, people should be reminded and made aware of the Article 14 in the Constitution of India. What is Article 14 of Indian Constitution? According to Article 14, “the State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or equal protection of the laws within [...]Read more

What is Zero hour in Parliament
What is Zero hour in Parliament

We are quite accustomed to see members of Parliament asking questions during the Question Hour. That’s how Parliament begins its day when it’s in session. Apart from the Question Hour, Parliament allocates additional time slot for the members to discuss issues. Although it’s not recognized in our parliamentary procedure, ‘Zero Hour’ has now become a norm in both the houses of Parliament. History of Zero Hour It was during the 1960s when several issues of national and international importance used to be raised by members of Parliament immediately after Question Hour. On one such occasion, a member [...]Read more

Women Members of Parliament in India
Women Members of Parliament in India

The Indian Constitution guarantees it, but the reality is little different. Despite being a proponent of gender equity, India is yet to become a nation wherein women have proportional representation in politics. The Parliament hasn’t seen a fair percentage of women members that can vindicate the nation’s stand on giving a level playing field to women in politics. Representation of Women in Parliament since Independence It was a record of sorts in 2009 when 59 women were elected to the lower house of Parliament. 59 women MPs out of 543 meant the Lok Sabha was represented by [...]Read more

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