25 December, 2020
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Hard bargains and the art of policymaking
By: M.R. Madhavan is President of the PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi
GS-PAPER-2 Governance-Issues regarding LAW making process
Discontent over the new farm laws is a result of sidestepping debate and discussion in Parliament
The GST journey
We need to learn an important lesson from this episode. Stable policy-making needs a broad agreement on the benefits of the policy. Such consensus has to be built through conversations with stakeholders. Parliament should revitalise its committees to enable wider public participation. It should insist that every Bill is deliberated upon in a committee, much like what the British Parliament does. Parliament needs to perform its function as a deliberative body that enables compromises to assuage concerns. As the adage goes: politics is the art of the possible, the attainable, the art of the next best.
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