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Editor A Surya Prakash
A Comparative Perspective"

Edited by Ajay K. Mehra
Gert W. Kueck
" Fifty Years of Indian Parliament Editor - G.C Malhotra
"Need to Regulate the Working of Political Parties"
Published by Lok Sabha
Secretariat, New Delhi, 2002.

`India and the Media Boom’, Think India Quarterly, January- March, 2003

Parliament, Courts and Media, Dialogue Quarterly,
October –December, 2005,
Astha Bharati, New Delhi



Author and Columnist with over 40 years of media experience with specialization in Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies and Governance Issues.

Current Position

  • Chairman, Prasar Bharati
  • Member, Executive Council, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
  • Member, Board of Governors, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
  • Distinguished Fellow: Vivekananda International Foundation, a New Delhi-based Think Tank
  • Director, India Foundation, New Delhi
  • Consulting Editor, The Pioneer, New Delhi
  • Columnist: The Pioneer, The New Indian Express, Dainik Jagran, Eenadu, Samyukta Karnataka, Prameya

Previous Positions Held:

  1. Editor, Zee News;
  2. Executive Editor, The Pioneer;
  3. India Editor, Asia Times, (published from Singapore and Bangkok);
  4. Political Editor, Eenadu Group;
  5. Chief of Bureau, Indian Express, New Delhi;
  6. Founder- Director, Pioneer Media School;
  7. Director, Film & Media School, Institute of Integrated Learning & Management, New Delhi.

Books Authored:

  • What Ails Indian Parliament, published by Indus, an imprint of HarperCollins, 1995.
  • Public Money, Private Agenda – The Use and Misuse of MPLADS, published by Rupa and Co; 2013.

Chapters in Books:

  • Need to Regulate the Working of Political Parties”, In G.C. Malhotra (Ed.), Fifty Years of Indian Parliament, published by Lok Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi, 2002;
  • Parliamentary Questions as Instruments of Accountability”, In Mehra and Kueck, (Eds.), “The Indian Parliament - A Comparative Perspective”, Konark Publishers Pvt Ltd, Delhi, 2003
  • Seeking Accountability – Parliament Watch, Citizens' Report on Governance and Development, Social Watch India, 2003
  • Seeking Accountability – Parliament Watch, Citizens’ Report on Governance and Development, Social Watch India, 2004
  • Votes, Elections, Governments – The Indian Experience”, EU –India Media Handbook, European Journalists Association and National Union of Journalists, India, 2006
  • Parliament and the Media – Joint Venture Partners in Democracy in `Working of Press Laws and Right to Information”, India Chapter, South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), 2004.


  • Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, 2010
  • Sardar Patel Fellowship, Institute of Policy Studies, 2008
  • Bipin Chandra Pal Sanman for `Fearless Journalism’
  • Karnataka Patrika Academy Award, 2001
  • Frederick Ebert Fellowship, 1993
  • K.K.Birla Fellowship, 1992

Date of Birth : 9th February 1950


M.A. in Sociology, Mysore University, Karnataka;
D.Litt, Tumkur University, Karnataka

Recent Lectures & Presentations on Constitutional and Parliamentary Issues:

  • Making the Elected Accountable to the Electorate, National Seminar on Right to Information, India International Centre, February 14, 2009
  • Parliamentary Committees – Roles, Relevance and Challenges, National Social Watch Coalition, New Delhi, November 19, 2009
  • Demography and Democracy, Patriots’ Forum, India International Centre, New Delhi, February 18, 2012
  • Demographic Change and its Impact on Democratic Governance in India, Rotary Club of New Delhi, Asoka Hotel, New Delhi, March 14, 2012
  • Parliamentary Democracy in India, Kuvempu University, Karnataka, January 18, 2013
  • Indian Parliament - A Critique - Tumkur University, Karnataka, February 22, 2013

Published Work in Journals:

  • India and the Media Boom, Think India, Vol 6(1), January-March 2003
  • Parliament, Courts and Media, Dialogue, October –December, 2005, Astha Bharati, New Delhi.
  • Our Constitution and Our Scriptures, Netaji Subhash Bose –INA Trust, commemorative Volume, January 23, 2007
  • Castes, Politics and Votes in India, Dialogue, October-December, 2007
  • Compulsory Voting, An Idea Whose Time Has Come, Eternal India, March, 2009
  • Governments that work – Part I -
    Primary Health Care Finally Takes Off In The States, Eternal India, April, 2009
  • Governments that work – Part II
    The Mid-day Meal, Ladli Lakshmi And The Bicycle For The Girl Child Are Worthy Of Emulation, Eternal India, May, 2009
  • Court Makes Space for “Sexual Minority”, Eternal India, August, 2009
  • The Right to Reject All Candidates, e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation,May, 2010
  • MPs’ Salaries – Work Less, Earn More, e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation, February 23, 2011
  • Communal Violence Bill – A Direct Assault On the States, e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation, August 12, 2011
  • The Lok Pal Saga - How Nine Governments Betrayed The Nation, e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation, January 17, 2012
  • The Lok Pal Saga - Should the Prime Minister be Insulated From the Investigations by the Ombudsman, e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation, January 17, 2012
  • Electronic Voting - Election Commission Should Do a Rethink, e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation, February 14, 2012
  • NCTCHow Arrogance Can Defeat Co-operation, March 5, 2012, e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation
  • Worrisome Trends for National Parties, e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation, April 3, 2012
  • UPA –II – Limping Along With Uncertain Friends, e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation, April 30, 2012
  • Parliament @ 60 – A Balance Sheet, e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation May 13, 2012
  • Bold Ideas from Mr.Purno Sangma, e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation, July,14, 2012
  • Parliament – Time for Reform, Dialogue, July-September, 2012
  • Has the Political Class Failed Us? e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation August 13, 2012
  • JPCs Must Have The Power to Summon Ministers, e-journal, Vivekananda International Foundation, November 8, 2012

Other Publications Pertaining to Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs:

  • Do 20 MPs Make A House? Indian Express, February 22, 1987
  • Where Were You When The Bill Was Passed? Indian Express, April 9, 1987
  • Parliament at 50 – It Must Acquire a Degree of Functional Efficiency, Newstime, August 15, 1997
  • Must South be Punished for Better Birth Control? – The Pioneer, April 19, 1998
  • Why President Can’t Sign on the Dotted Line, The Pioneer, October 9, 1998
  • The Case Must Pass Sarkaria Test, The Pioneer, October 10, 1998
  • A Code of Conduct for Legislators, Newstime, November 19, 1998
  • Ethics and Privileges – The Absence of a Code of Conduct has Led to Decline of Legislative Bodies, The Pioneer, November 16, 1998
  • Erosion of Ethics – The Lok Sabha Must Adopt a Code of Conduct, The Pioneer, November 17, 1998
  • Time to Crack the Whip, Newstime, December 28, 2001
  • Coalition Dharma, Newstime, December 21, 2003
  • President Should Invite the Congress to Form Government, Vijay Times, May 14, 2004
  • Time to Cut the Flab, The Pioneer, June 22, 2004
  • Zero Hour – The Purdah is Off, The Pioneer, August 3, 2004
  • An Unacceptable Thesis, The Pioneer, September 28, 2004,
  • Avoid the Political Thicket, The Pioneer, February 1, 2005
  • Think Afresh on MPs’ Salaries, The Pioneer, April 12, 2005
  • We Missed the Big Picture, The Pioneer, June 21, 2005
  • Rajya Sabha Shows the Way, The Pioneer, July 5, 2005
  • Democrats Versus Evil Ideology, The Pioneer, August 2, 2005
  • We Must Dump the Lahore Club, The Pioneer, January 13, 2009
  • Great Indian Lok Pal Trick, The Pioneer, April 19, 2011
  • Resuscitating Governance, The Pioneer, April 17, 2012
  • Neither Tired Nor Retired - Our Parliament has Stood the Test of Time. Despite the Warts, it Remains a Beacon of Hope for Millions of Indians, The Pioneer, May 15, 2012
  • Scam Won’t Vanish by Painting CAG Black, September 4, 2012
  • The Forgotten Gandhi (An article to mark the birth centenary of Feroze Gandhi, India’s greatest investigative parliamentarian), The Pioneer, September 22, 2012
  • Don’t Fetter the JPC with Outdated Rules, October 30, 2012
  • Electoral India is Not a Level Playing Field, December 11, 2012
  • MP’s Image is at Stake – They Must Realise That, February 19, 2013
  • Wisdom Dawns at Last on the Poll Panel, March 5, 2013

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