Controversy over name-calling in a ‘non-meeting’ of the IT parliamentary committee is unfortunate. These committees were envisaged to scrutinise government’s policies and legislative proposals in a non-partisan way. By political grandstanding in meetings, law-makers are failing in their duty to ensure executive accountability. They must strengthen, not undermine, parliamentary democracy.
Blinken’s questions on India’s commitment to diversity shows where Democrats differ from Republicans
While Biden picked up the baton cleanly from Trump on India, his Secretary of State Antony Blinken now demonstrated where the Democrats differ. Like Obama, they aren’t shy of raising uncomfortable questions over India’s commitment to diversity and multi-culturalism. It’s good they are talking, and better still candidly as friends.
Wise to extend Covid containment measures till 31 Aug. Watch infection data closely
The government decision to extend Covid containment measures until 31 August is wise. Although India’s cases have fallen from the second wave peak, they’ve plateaued obstinately for 37 days, causing serious concern. With slow vaccination and opening up, infection data should be watched closely to avoid a possible third wave.
Supreme Court’s new system of e-transmitting bail orders should end delay tactics of police
The Supreme Court has acted correctly by proposing a new system of electronically transmitting bail orders directly to prisons to ensure those jailed are released the same day. This should end the abhorrent police tactic of delaying the release of prisoners by booking the person under another, sometimes dubious, charge.