Sunday, August 20, 2006

A black day in India's parliamentary democracy

The President has finally given his assent to the Office of Profit Bill under obvious duress & considerable pressure from the Government (particularly the Prime Minister) who ostensibly asked the President to sign the bill to avoid a constitutional crisis. I wonder if the so-called constitutional crisis could be worse than the bill getting passed in an undemocratic & unconstitutional way. In the meanwhile, even as this shameful act was being carried out, the MPs went ahead & increased their salaries. The only positive thing that happened was the central government chickening out & bowing to pressure from RTI activists & withdrawing, atleast for now, the proposed amendments to the RTI bill.

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