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News Snippets

  • DMK leader RS Bharathi says media is running like the red light area in Mumbai
  • A Delhi court issues fresh warrants for the hanging of the Nirbhaya convicts. Fixes the date for March 3
  • Supreme Court appoints a mediation team to ask Shaheen Bagh protestors to avoid blocking the road and shift to another venue
  • Supreme Court says peaceful protests cannot be denied in a democracy but also says that a balance must be struck as protestors cannot be allowed to block roads
  • Telcos pay part of their dues for AGR after the bashing from the Supreme Court
  • Debbie Abrahams, a Labour MP from UK, who was critical of India's action in Kashmir, not allowed to enter India. She was deported to Dubai from the Delhi airport
  • Sidharth Shukla wins Big Boss 13
  • Gully Boy sweeps most of the awards at the Filmfare Awards
  • Sharad Pawar says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray wrong in allowing NIA to take over the Elgar Parishad case
  • Supreme Court frames guidelines and sets a six-month time frame for hearing of appeals made by death row convicts
  • EC rebuts the allegations of not acting on hate speech made by ex-CEC SY Quraishi
  • DoT asks telcos to pay up Rs 4L cr by midnight on Friday after the Supreme Court asks it why its order of recovering the dues was not being complied with
  • Gorakhpur doctor Kafeel Khan, under probe for making an inflammatory and anti-CAA speech in AMU, arrested under NSA before he could be released from jail after being granted bail by a court
  • Supreme Court asks the J&K administration to explain and justify Omar Abdullah's detention under the PSA Act
  • In a shameful incident, 68 girls stripped in a Gujarat college to check if they were menstruating
Supreme Court allows permanent commission for women in the armed forces, allows three months for implementation of the order
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Our Parliamentarians Will Never Learn

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

Om Birla, the Lok Sabha Speaker, made a very pertinent observation during the course of a debate in Parliament. Birla said "it is very easy for all of you to demand 'expunge this expunge that', but why should the need to expunge arise at all? Once a remark is given, it is already in the public domain. Therefore, we should all speak keeping the dignity of Parliament in mind." One is sure that all Speakers must have felt like this most of the days but the state of public discourse in India, including that in Parliament, is such now that Birla must be feeling the need for restraint by the members every hour of the proceedings.

The matter was regarding Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan who protested that he was not being allowed to speak. To this, BJP MP Rama Devi, who was in the chair, asked him to ignore everyone and speak to the chair. Azam Khan then said that he likes her very much and it is his wish to keep his eye locked with her. The treasury benches erupted and wanted the objectionable remarks expunged. While the urge to be sarcastic is very strong in good speakers, especially politicians, they should also realize that there are some places, especially houses like the Parliament and the state assemblies, where one must keep one's anger and sarcasm in check and choose words carefully. But can such niceties be expected from persons who can even throw chairs and footwear at each other despite the proceedings being telecast live?

The argumentative Indian always wants to be heard himself but does not want to hear others. Members of Parliament and legislative assemblies have a habit of using the power of sound to drown out the voice of others. But that, in essence, is like trying to say that since we are in power, we will not even allow your views to be recorded. If Azam Khan was allowed to speak on the subject, the digression would not have happened. What are the people's representatives, who should be like icons to our youth, trying to teach our children? Indiscipline, insolent behaviour, disrespect for rules and disrespect for one's opponents? One feels that along with the oath they take at the time of becoming members of Parliament, each MP must be made to take a test on Parliamentary procedures and rules, including the test of language to be used during discussions, and must pass it before the oath is administered. Also, there must be some kind of punishment, like not being allowed to speak on any issue for 3 days for the first offense with the period increasing after every subsequent offense, to deter the MPs from breaching decorum in the house. They make laws for the nation so there must be a law to govern their behaviour.