British Parliament

The turncoat’s day

The General Elections, slated to begin shortly, have begun to resemble a roadside circus, if not theatre of the absurd. Ignoring pressing problems facing the country like poverty, unemployment, inflation and climate change, politicians incessantly talk of issues long buried in history, and worse still, caste, creed and religion.

New Age Prophet~II

Historically, Rammohun discovered that the ancient Vedic period was a golden era but the subsequent distortions led to idolatry, multiplicity of divinity, child marriage, and prohibition of widow remarriage, sati, caste system and priesthood. He argued very convincingly that these widespread contemporary practices did not have roots in the Vedas and Upanishads and the task, therefore, was to restore the original tradition.

Can our Parliament meet virtually?

There were some technical glitches but that was only to be expected. According to media reports, the proposal would cost nearly 370,000 pounds a month. UK had reported more than 18,738 deaths in hospitals from Covid- 19 until April 23.

Parliamentary Pioneer

Britain gave the lead in the beginning by having the first woman Member of Parliament (Nancy Astor, 1879-1964) but subsequently has lagged behind. The United Kingdom is in the 39th position among 193 countries in the Inter-Parliamentary Union rankings as on 1 February 2019 in terms of women‘s representation in the national Parliament. Improving that rank would be the best way to honour the legacy bequeathed by Astor.

Damagingly chaotic

The more difficult task, which the fasttrack timetable was designed to avoid, is to control the shape of the bill that emerges from more incisive parliamentary scrutiny.