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Chanakya’s View: Non-functioning of Parliament must stop

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24.03.2018

Politicians are supposed to have their finger on the pulse of the people, but they are hopelessly out of sync with what people feel with regard to the spectacle they make of themselves in Parliament. The simple fact is that Indians are fed up of Parliament looking like a circus gone berserk. They are tired of the indiscipline, ruckus, din, vandalism, hooliganism and sheer bad behaviour of their elected representatives, both in some state Assemblies and in the Sansad — the highest temple of democracy. The ongoing session of Parliament has not functioned for a single day. Within minutes of the House convening, MPs shout slogans, display placards, hurl invectives and enter the Well of the House, thereby forcing an adjournment. On some occasions, an attempt is made to convene the House a second time, but now mostly both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha are adjourned for the full day. The next day the same tasteless charade is repeated. In its entire history, the House of Commons has not been adjourned for a single day. Soon we will be able to say with pride that there is not a single day when our Parliament is not adjourned!

Does this behaviour further the cause of the protesting MPs/political parties? I think not. There was a time when a spectacle in Parliament leading to an adjournment made news. No longer. Since adjournments — preceded by the predictably undecipherable din — happen so regularly, they have no news value, and only create another ripple of disgust in the........

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