Party yet to master coalition-era politics
Ashish Sharma | March 10, 2010
For somebody who fails to summon enthusiasm over reservation or so-called positive discrimination anywhere, the fracas over women's quota bill in Rajya Sabha proved a curiously captivating affair. If the Congress party had indeed orchestrated the entire show to deliver a bravura performance in what would otherwise have been a dull numbers game, it could have scarcely hoped to do better. As the expectant nation watched and waited, Sonia Gandhi, the woman behind the bill, eventually emerged triumphant in a cathartic climax. She had been nervous, she admitted thereafter, lending further credence to the display of righteous determination in the face of adversity. The turn of events, however, tells a more familiar tale of hubris on part of her party.
The dead give-away in the two-day thriller came in the penultimate sequence with the walkout by members of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, which remains a member of the ruling coalition. It became clear that the Congress party, which leads the ruling coalition, had not prepared adequately to get even its allies on board, let alone handling the inevitable opposition of the Yadav brigade or factoring in the last-minute call for debate by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left parties.
The larger issue here is not just floor management in parliament or even the women's reservation bill, which incidentally faces a tougher test in Lok Sabha. It has to do with the functioning of a party that leads a coalition much as it would a majority government on its own strength. Whether it be the Indo-US nuclear deal or the issue of price rise or India's response to the relentless war being waged by Pakistan, the Congress party's instinctive impatience with democratic norms smacks of a reluctance to come to terms with the requirements of coalition-era politics. In the process, it risks running afoul of its rightful mandate.
HelpAge India Report 2021, ‘The Silent Tormentor: Covid 19 & the Elderly’, assesses the impact and challenges of the pandemic on lives of elderly living in households (informal settings) and old-age homes (informal settings). It unravels some deep-seated fears of the country’s elderly
To reduce the gap between citizens and authorities BMC will continue its ward war room approach which has now come to be known as the Mumbai Model for addressing health or disaster related issues that may arise in future. Additional Municipal Commissioner (Health, MCGM) Suresh Kakani has sa
The centre government has increased the grant to Kerala under the Jal Jeevan Mission in the year 2021-22 to Rs 1,804.59 Crore, which was Rs 404.24 Crore in 2020-21. In Kerala, on 15th August 2019, at the time of the launch of J
On average, a truck in India covers 50,000-60,000 km a year, compared to over 300,000 km in advanced nations such as the United States. One of the key reasons is delays due to random stoppages for physical checking of vehicles and verification of documents.
The National Highways Authority of India has made mandatory use of drones for monthly video recording of National Highway projects during all stages of development, construction, operation and maintenance. The initiative aims to enhance transparency, uniformity leveraging the l
The National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), a cross-disability advocacy organisation, in collaboration with Azim Premji Foundation, has announce