Parliament of India

India's parliament too petty to get the job done

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Photo: AP

In a subversion of its true function in a democracy, India's current parliament rarely passes laws.

Monday, 3 December, 2012, 2:34am

Indian parliament breaks up in deadlock

Opposition Members of Parliament shout slogans during a protest in the Parliament compound in New Delhi. Photo: AFP

India’s parliament broke up on Friday at the end of a fruitless legislative session that was blocked by protests, leading to concern about the health of the world’s biggest democracy.

7 Sep 2012 - 8:30pm

The tragedy that is India

Some Indian economic commentators are praying that oldtime politician Pranab Mukherjee will contest the presidency in July.

This means he would have to give up the job of finance minister, making way for someone committed to reforms to smash bottlenecks and release the energies of the people to make India a great economic power.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am


India's Ministry of Tourism is to look at supporting international and domestic golf events as a way to promote tourism. A ministry-organised Promotion of Golf Tourism event was staged to formulate a road map for the development of golf tourism.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

At the Games

If world cricket has a big bad wolf, then that role must surely go to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has stayed away from the Asian Games - much to the dismay of the organisers.

23 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Singh gets nuclear deal despite the horse trading

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took his coalition government to the edge of the political abyss last week in an attempt to go ahead with the heavily contested Indo-US nuclear co-operation agreement.

8 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Where kidnapping is a way of life

Akash Pandey, 12, was cycling along a busy lane to school one hot, bright morning early last month when a group of men knocked him from his bicycle and bundled him into the back of a green utility vehicle. Hours later, his father received a call on his mobile phone informing him of the abduction.

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

India's multihued diplomacy push

In calling on India to abandon its policy of non-alignment and join the United States in reforming the international order, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice failed to grasp the limited aims of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's diplomacy. The focus has shifted. It is no longer about the great powers, but about rejuvenating India.

11 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Ex-PM faces more heat over riots

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has defended its former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee after a bombshell interview by the former president implicated him in the Gujarat anti-Muslim riots in which more than 1,000 people died.

3 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Popular, canny Vajpayee a fine role model for political novice

The role models for political novice and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi if she takes over as prime minister this week will be two close relatives and former prime ministers - mother-in-law Indira and husband Rajiv.

17 May 2004 - 12:00am

Just the first innings of the peace process

It was only a few years ago that India and Pakistan had a million soldiers facing off at their shared border and nuclear weapons aimed at each other. This makes the cordiality of the just completed cricket matches between the two countries - the first in 14 years - all the more remarkable.

18 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Taking no chances, India builds war bunkers

India is building an undisclosed number of nuclear shelters for VIPs, including Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and top army commanders.

Analysts say that despite the resumption of dialogue with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan, war is still a possibility, leading the government to beef up its protection against weapons of mass destruction.

11 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Kashmir talks to resume next month

After a gap of more than five years, Indian and Pakistani officials next month will resume talks aimed at resolving a variety of disputes, including Kashmir.

Lower level Foreign Office officials will begin the talks in Islamabad on February 16 and 17, followed by a meeting between the two foreign secretaries the next day.

29 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Common interests strengthen business ties

Bilateral trade with the mainland has grown to an estimated US$7b this year

On his recent 79th birthday, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was presented with a brief verse by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who wrote: 'When guns are silent, flowers blossom on the earth. Fragrance engulfs good souls, who created beautiful silence.'

26 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Sino-Indian trade tops US$5 billion

Trade between India and China has topped US$5 billion in a year for the first time. Between January and September, trade reached $5.33 billion, according to figures from India's customs service.

Bilateral trade was worth just $340 million in 1992.

28 Nov 2003 - 12:00am