When I felt ashamed of being a part of world’s largest democracy

(I request you to see this one minute video, before proceeding with the article- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUOJBznLsgo )

Never has this advertisement been more poignant than today. The Parliament of India— the so called ‘world’s largest democracy’ witnessed vandalism at its peak. It can indeed be called a black day in Indian Democracy and rightly so- broken glasses, brawls,  snatched microphones and of course, the use of pepper sprays left Indian democracy in tears as clashes broke out between Pro and Anti Telangana supporters in both the houses of Parliament. . At first the pepper spray incident made me laugh- how creative and innovative our leaders can be.  Adding to the national shame, Delhi’s Legislative assembly saw the two biggest national parties- BJP and Congress creating unnecessary mayhem and using cheap tactics to stop the passage of the anti-graft bill. A Congress MP even placed ginger on Kejriwal’s table and depicting their great sense of humor said- “Bandar kya jaane adrak ka swaad”( A monkey doesn’t know what ginger tastes like). Haha. Hilarious, isn’t it?

Honestly, this is not a matter of which party was at fault, or which side (the pro- Telangana or anti-Telangana) is correct. It’s a blot on each and everybody in the legislature, the government, on me and you- every Indian alike. And sadly this is not the first time that our great politicians have made a mockery of the Indian democracy. Remember the Cash for vote scam of July 2008? Where MP’s waved bundles of cash during the debate, accusing the government of giving it to them in order to buy their support or abstention in the vote. It outrages me to believe that this hooliganism happens in  the Parliament of a country whose Constituent Assembly  (1947-1950) discussed and debated more pressing and controversial issues with great poise and dignity.

Yes, I understand that there are contentious issues which come before the parliament. Some issues are highly emotional. But our own history of democracy teaches us to pay due respect to your opposition and consider each and every aspect before discarding important bills and making the parliament worse than a bloody fish market.   According to data compiled by PRS Legislative Research, the number of Bills pending before Parliament has climbed to 130. Yes, a whooping one hundred and thirty pending bills. Obviously, there is need to discuss controversial bills like that Of Telangana and Women’s Reservation, but it is mere common sense that the Parliament must pass  key social sector Bills on which there is consensus like the Grievance Redressal Bill and the Whistleblowers’ Bill, otherwise they will lapse when the session ends.  Emperical data suggests since the beginning of this session, the Lok Sabha has lost 95 per cent of its time to disruptions, while the Rajya Sabha has lost 91 per cent of its time. How efficient, no?

The ugly events, which has bought national shame , the lowly actions by our elected representatives, our leaders  have pierced through me and made me feel ashamed of being a part of the world’s  largest democracy- India.


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