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Harsimran Kalra

Harsimran Kalra is former Public Policy Scholar with The Hindu Centre. Her areas of expertise are parliamentary procedures, accountability and civil liberties.

Harsimran Kalra Policy Report
Decisional Analysis and the Role of the Speaker

The Indian Parliament, in the era of coalition governments, has seen an increase in the number of disruptions of sittings. This, Harsimran Kalra argues, has severely impacted legislation in the Lok Sabha. In this Policy Report, Ms. Kalra situates the decisions of Lok Sabha Speakers in a political context. She demonstrates that their decisions are guided by pressing political concerns, public opinion and a desire to augment the legislative functioning of the Lok Sabha.Ms. Kalra identifies the frequency of disruptions caused by Members of Parliament as a key pressure on the role of the Speaker. The Speaker’s job is to maintain decorum and ensure that debates are productive. In recent years, the pull of coalition governments has made this role tougher for most Speakers. In this Policy Report, Ms. Kalra identifies mechanisms that Speakers have used to discipline Members of Parliament and offers policy suggestions that can enhance the Speaker’s role.Download PDF [PDF 1.28 MB]

This shortcut weakens democracy

What does the repeated use of ordinance-making power mean for a democratic nation with a robust parliamentary system, ask Harsimran Kalra and Kaushiki

A case for democratising lobbying in India

Kaushiki Sanyal and Harsimran Kalra explore how other countries have defined lobbying, the mechanism they adopted to regulate these activities and the

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Twisted Willow: Gambling, Sport & Cricket in India

In the context of the raging controversy over the Indian Premier League betting and match-fixing episodes, there has been considerable public concern

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Sex offender lists: a step forward?

Post December 2012, the exclusive focus on legal reform in relation to sexual offences has led to some controversial options being considered such as