April 1, 2011

OUR PARLIAMENTARIANS MUST BE MADE TO BEHAVE IN A CIVILIZED MANNER BY PASSING A LAW, AS IS THE PRACTICE IN MOST DEVELOPED NATIONS

Our live Parliament sessions can make a Hollywood sci-fi director feel ill at ease. One can find virtually everything flying in our Parliament – ranging from bottles to microphones to footwear... and perhaps human beings too in the near future! A glance through Lok Sabha TV or even YouTube footage of our Parliament sessions would be enough to provide evidence of the extent of lack of basic culture and education that our honorable members of Parliaments possess. What comes as an utter shame and embarrassment, especially for the electorate, is the manner in which their elected leaders represent their cause! Starting from holding footwear in their hands, to throwing abusive words, and resorting to physical violence, this is how Parliamentarians resolve their concerns in the temples of the world’s largest democracy!

Last year, the Women’s Reservation Bill was disrupted to such a level that seven of our MPs had to be suspended for the remaining sessions. So much so that the MPs went to an extent of snatching and tearing the bill into pieces – the MPs then uprooted the Chairman’s mike and climbed on the table to mark their protest! And mind you, all this our publicly elected representatives did for the women of our country! In another case, the Parliament was not allowed to function for seven days at a stretch, as both the houses witnessed huge chaos. Congress members were found rushing to the aisles and chanting slogans than discussing and sorting the issues in question. In 2008, the Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee adjourned the house when MPs went into a verbal clash which was so severe that even the speaker stated the situation as follows: “The Parliament has become a public street. I can only express my agony. It is a murder of democracy” Amidst all these, how can one forget the shameful incident of the cash-for-votes scam; or the session in 2008 where MPs went absolutely berserk and threw microphones and chairs at each other! The disruptions and adjournments during the 2010 budget session cost the taxpayer about Rs 180,000,000 and wasted 115 working hours – Lok Sabha lost 36 per cent of its time and Rajya Sabha lost 28 per cent.

Such incidents of blatant barbarism and disgraceful behavior not only speak volumes about our ill educated political class but also bring a huge disgrace to the house. Disrespecting the houses and colleagues is not only unwarranted behavior but also indicates that our elected representatives are bereft of any sensible and logical discussions! And given the fact that our sessions are aired live on national TV and covered by global media, such acts are not just insulting and shameful for us as Indians, but also highlight our third-grade value systems and the way we solve issues that are of national importance.

There is no doubt in the fact that this should stop; and that too immediately. And for that, the Indian Constitution should make provisions and ban such Members of Parliament and assemblies and further criminalise such offences. If required, the Election Commission should not only temporarily suspend their political career but also should prosecute them legally. Any act of violence, use of non parliamentary (read: abusive) words and irrational walkouts should be brought under the ambit of legislation and further should be criminalized. We should urgently introduce laws regarding contempt of Parliament and censure (serious steps taken against misconduct or negligence of duty) in order to tighten the noose of these wild horses. Such laws will not only make them behave properly in the house but would also put the much required cap to the unlimited immunity they enjoy. Most of democratic and developed nations take such issues seriously and have legislation for the same. These laws are enforced when a member deliberately misleads the Parliament (presenting false information to the Parliament knowingly) or influences a Member of Parliament by bribery or threats. In Canada, under censure, sanctions can be imposed on Parliamentarians, including imprisonment; at the same time, in Australia, under the contempt of Parliament rule, a fine of $5,000 and six months’ imprisonment can be imposed. Similarly in Hong Kong, contempt of the Legislative Council is seen a criminal offence; in the United Kingdom, it leads to arrest of a Member of Parliament who may be suspended or expelled. Similar is the case in Latin American countries and other mature democracies. Even usage of words that offend the dignity of the houses leads to prosecution and civil action in many countries like Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom and many others.

All in all, to clean up the dirt from the Parliament and bring back some basic decorum, we have to ensure that these ‘kind’ of people never get elected. And knowing that it is almost animpossible task as politics is getting increasingly criminalized, it is imperative that we reduce the immunity given to our MPs and bring in stricter codes of conduct enforceable by law! Unfortunately, our houses look nothing less than a circus. It is time to show them their real place!

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17 comments:

vaishnavi said...

aap shi keh rehe hai ,jab hamare maaniya sbhasad,foot wear ka sadupyog kar reha hai to,apni payari bhartiyaon ko bhi apna virodh is madhaym se vayakt karne ka naiteek adhikaar milna chayia,kyuki kanoon or samvidhano mai badlaav ke faisele itni jaldi nahi aata.

aumlan said...

such a law is unlikely to be passed as most of our honorable members will never support such a law - unless a sea change comes about in the social & moral fabric of our country

Latika Madan said...

Ji han mai bhi app ki baat se sahmat hun...i think, iss loktantra ki umar ab puri ho chuki hai....we need a revalution to change it.....scholars ne kaha hai ki ,loktanra janta ka, janta ke dwara sasan hota hai....but after looking these insidents..we came to know that we r only the silent features of the game.....hume pata hai ki humare kis body part me dard hai....lekin hume nahi pata ki kese isse tikh karen......garibi,corruption,berojgari, food inflation.....ye sabhi bimari hume hai.....iska treatment kese hoga, koan karga, kub karega ...humko nahi pata, ....jisko pata hai wo phele aapni next pidhi ko strong banane me laga hai....at last mai to itna hi kehna chahunga ki......sansad se lekar gram shaba tak sub ki ankho par ....green noto ki patiyan bandhi hai ....or aam aadmi andhere me hai........

Sarita said...

It is agonising and unsettling to see our parliamentarians behave as hooligans..even if such a legislation as suggested is enacted which has a very remote chance...the ultimate responsibility to bring such a lot here is that of 'WE THE PEOPLE'...we get what we choose then why crib????????

david said...

Its really shocking that our MP's have no respect for the hard earned money of the common people and they waste it and have no regret for it.Rather the gov. Blames d opposition and the opposition blames the goverment for the unruly scenes created in parliament.But who should be held responsible for such uncivilised manners.

sanju said...

sir u r very well familiar with our cntrys present cndition..... Aap muje koi aesi party ya koi aesa neta bta dijiye jo aapk point of view se aadarsh neta ho...... Mojuda samay me jis neta k pass power h ya jis ki chalti h ...usme manners nhi h assembly me miscndct karta h n all... N jo yeh sab ni karta uski humare aystem chalti kaha h..... Ab toh aesa lagta h ki is desh ko sadhu santo k hawale hi karna padhega shayad wo hi humare desh ka udhar kar de.....atlest wo humari janta ko pranayam karwa k healthy toh rakhegi..:D

PRAKASH IIPM said...

Well said sir..Now a days..politicians are playing an important role in corruption as creating trouble in the path of development.....

with Regards
Prakash
IIPM

Pankaj Jangid said...

Sir,

Electoral reforms are the next in line for India Against Corruption. First we are focusing on the Jan Lokpal Bill. It needs your support as well. This is essential to curb corruption at all levels.

Sir, please write something about the Jan Lokpal Bill also. The date 5th April is approaching. On this date 200+ cities will be sitting on fast along with Baba Anna Hazare.

Thanks
Pankaj

Ranvir Singh said...

What do you expect from people who throw banana peel on the street from their VIP car with a red light on top.TO them there is no difference between the parliament or assembly or a street. Personal behavior and conduct of a person is largely governed by his background and his grooming in the younger days. When corrupts and criminals (which majority of them happen to be) have the access to the august house,the outgoing speaker Shri Somnath Chatterji was not wrong in saying what he said. If what you suggest is really done, 80% of them will be behind the bars and more than half debarred from contesting the election in future. But dear Arindam Choudhary such law as you advocate also has to be passed by these very people, so how do we bring about the change?

PRAKASH IIPM said...

Well said Sir....
and Sir there is humble request to you that plz write something about the teaching system of India. Because if we improve our teaching system then we will fully eradicate the illiteracy from our country..because i think this is the only way to control corruption from our country...and make India fully educated and corruption free

With Regards
Prakash
IIPM,New Delhi

Kiran said...

We shud unite n raise a voice against one who disrespects our democracy, there should be certainly some provisions made w.e.t the qualification n eligibility crieteria for becoming a m.p or say even entering in politics, i cant understand in a country like india with an unlimited educated class why this point is nt noted.

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neerajpanjiyara said...

anna hazare's protest in the form of hunger strike is a very good initiative in this regard, though it is not against their behavioural misconduct but against their official misconduct, which is much more harmful from people's point of view. though i am sure that without common public support & participation all this goes in vain. there is a need of a revolution against corruption in any form. a revolution like the one we have been experiencing in west asia, which is self sustaining & self directing.........

pat 109 said...

Now that the younger genaration made thier voice heard ,thanks to Anna Hazaare, let the momentum continue. we , senior citizens , constitute a very large voting Bank , should take the lead and direct our rural and women folk to use thier votes to bring in honest leaders irrespective of the party affliations

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visapatri said...

True, Sr. citizens should try to bring change in the society with respect to election and the voting pattern.But,indian politicians are wreched inthat they stoop to any level to serve their ends,irrespective of the party they belong to.Laws are no laws they know how to evolve ways and means to manipulate the affairs to serve their purpose.Let us hope that things will be rosy atleast some later if not sooner.

Unknown said...

Well said sir..

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