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News Snippets

  • In reply to a question in Parliament, the government says it is empowered to lawfully intercept, monitor or decrpyt information stored in a computer resource in the interest of sovereignty or integrity of India
  • Police stop a 12-year old girl on her way to the Sabarimala shrine
  • In Karnataka, the JD(S) indicates that it might support the BJP government if it falls short of numbers after the bypolls
  • Congress pips the BJP in local body elections in Rajasthan, winning 961 wards to the BJPs 737
  • After Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, Jio also indicates that tariffs will be raised from December
  • Sources in Shiv Sena say that they might revive the alliance with the BJP if it offers the 50:50 deal
  • A miffed Sanjay Rout of the Shiv Sena says that it will take "100 births" to understand Sharad Pawar
  • Mobile operators Vodafone-Idea and Airtel decide to raise tariffs from next month
  • Sharad Pawar meets Sonia Gandhi and says more time needed for government formation in Maharashtra
  • Justice S A Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India
  • Supreme Court holds hotels liable for theft of vehicle from their parking area if parked by valet, says "owner's risk" clause is not a shield from such liability
  • Finance Minister says she is receiving feedback from many sectors that recovery is happening as there is lower stress
  • Sabarimala temple opens, but police bar the entry of women below 50 years
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Air India and BPCL to be sold off by March
  • Media person Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president
Two Muslim litigants in Ayodhya refuse to accept the Supreme Court order, say review petition might be filed
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Welcome Civility in Parliament

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The last few days have raised hopes that our parliamentarians will leave their boorish and ugly behavior behind and usher in an era of civility and cooperation in the House. Although all the civil interactions were between high flying individuals, there were ample indications that boorishness is set to be not tolerated anymore. This has to become the rule for the country to benefit.

The first indication came when Home Minister Rajnath Singh was replying to Rahul Gandhi’s speech on the problem with the Amethi Food Park. Even as the minister was speaking, the BJP backbenchers resorted to booing Gandhi. Singh immediately turned towards them and asked them to desist from such activity. He then went on to assure Gandhi that his complaint will be looked into.

Then, moving the Bangladesh land swap bill in Rajya Sabha, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj told the house with all humility that it was Manmohan Singh and his government who had done all the hard work for the same and she was only executing it in toto. This immediately won her praise from almost everyone. Swaraj showed how some good words can lead to cooperation among political opponents.

Finally, when the bill moved by Swaraj got passed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi for her support. Although all the above were not firsts and many parliamentarians have thanked opponents in their speeches at various times, there are signs that the logjam in the current parliament can be broken if this spirit of goodwill is carried forward.

It is very easy to needle someone to the point of making him an adversary. Difference in political ideology should never come in the way of passing legislation for the country’s benefit. But our MP’s often display a destructive streak by indulging in tantrums and outright uncouth behavior that hardens political opinions. This has to stop, as important legislation gets stuck due to these antics. Opponents become inflexible. Flexibility, and understanding the other person’s view, is important in a democracy. Hopefully, our MP’s will reflect on the business done in the last few days and learn to behave.