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Monday, 14 September 2020

The Political Fix: Without Question Hour, will Parliament’s role in the BJP era shrink even further?

Welcome to The Political Fix by Rohan Venkataramakrishnan, a newsletter on Indian politics and policy. To get it in your inbox every week, sign up here.

If you missed it, on Friday, we recapped six major stories that captured India over August and what you need to know about them, starting with whether India and China are going to war.

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The Big Story: Rubber stamp

Both houses of India’s Parliament were last adjourned on March 23. A lot has happened since then. Many of these developments – such as the mounting Covid-19 figures, economic growth falling off a cliff and the threat of war with China (see Friday’s issue for a recap) – would benefit from oversight by the country’s elected representatives.

After brushing off calls for special sessions to discuss these crises, the government has finally decided to convene Parliament on September 14 – coming close but not breaching the convention that there will be a maximum of six months between sittings.

Despite all that time to prepare, this late monsoon session will still be unusual and short: the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will operate in shifts, since the...

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