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News Snippets

  • PM Modi tells BJP workers that India is in for a long battle against the coronavirus and there is no scope to feel tired or defeated
  • PM Modi asks ministers to focus on exports and new areas and sectors
  • PM Modi asks ministers to prepare business continuity plan post the lifting of the lockdown
  • Corona cases in India cross 4000 and the death toll stands at 124
  • The government decides to double the testing of corona suspects from 10000 now to 20000 in the next three days
  • Flipkart assures employees that there will be no job or salary cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Although it was obvious, but the government still clarifies that there is no need to switch off appliances and only lights need to be switched off on April 5 at 9pm after confusion in the minds of some people
  • PM Modi and President Trump decide "to deploy full strength of (Indo-US) partnership" to fight against COVID-19
  • 17 states have reported 1023 cases of coronavirus linked to the Tablighi Jamaat, which translates to 30% of all positive cases in India
  • The government says people should not use alcohol-based hand sanitizers before lighting diyas or candles on April 5
  • The railways say there is no certainty yet when services will resume after the lockdown and a final decision will be taken in the next few days
  • As coronavirus cases multiply in Assam, six north-east states seal their borders with the state
  • Power System Operation Corporation Ltd. (POCOSO) putting all systems and protocols in place at war-footing to ensure there is no grid failure due to reduction in demand on April 5 at 9 pm
  • Power ministry scotches rumours that the power grid might fail due to the 9-minute blackout called by PM Modi on Sunday, April 5
  • Centre asks people to wear home-made masks if it is absolutely essential for them to step out of homes
26 nurses and 3 doctors test positive for COVID-19 at Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai, facility cordoned off, no entry or exit permitted from the hospital
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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.