Judging a democratic deficit
The passage of Bills on judicial appointments in near-record time point to a flaw in law-makinglegislation without significant public consultation
India is often chided for its culture of delay, mockingly referred to as Indian standard time. Almost all our institutions are prone to this disease, particularly courts, where cases clog the system for decades on end. And yet, when it comes to legislation, one sees an unparalleled swiftness, with Bills being peddled at the speed of lightning. In December 2008, eight Bills were passed by the Lok Sabha in less than 18 minutes!