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Calcutta Diary

If the law pinches, just abolish the law. Indian politicians are about to do just that. Legislation is on the anvil to abolish the nasty provision requiring that those wanting to get elected to the Rajya Sabha from a particular state must be 'ordinarily resident' in that state. Once that happens, the states doing poorly would continue to fall behind, no 'pork barrels' to help them out; the members they would elect to the Rajya Sabha would belong to the species of carpet-baggers, without any sense of loyalty to the electing states, and no prick of conscience to bother them either.

Political Parties and Income Tax

The BJP's attempts to persuade the income tax department to let it set off its losses on publishing activities against its income from other sources raises some curious issues.

Reforming Indian Electoral Process

The attempt to reform the electoral system is a welcome move. However, the current proposals on candidates' disclosures of various kinds do not appear to be well-constructed and the bill includes ambiguities which are open to misinterpretation. It is perhaps more important immediately to strengthen the system of preparing electoral rolls and allowing public access to them.

Electoral Reform Bill: Too Little, Too Late

The bill to amend the Representation of People's Act all but dilutes the directives contained in the Supreme Court's verdict and appears to have been drafted only to push out Election Commission's more stringent guidelines.
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