Parliament turns 60 – MPs urged to introspectPosted: May 14, 2012
Parliament turns 60 – MPs urged to introspect!
Don’t you think; willingly or unwillingly majority is of the opinion; that our parliamentarians are not fulfilling; aims; of the founding fathers of the Constitution; urged members to live up to the ideals of the makers of Constitution? Their conduct must be according to the standards of founding fathers?
We can expect a change for better from now on & hope they will learn to practice what they preach?
In the 1950s the Lok Sabha met for an average of 127 days every year and the Rajya Sabha for 93 days; this decreased to 73 days for both houses in 2011?
MPs are reduced to bonded labour of their parties; if anyone dares to speak against his party, he could lose his membership?
Parties are influenced; either through money power or some other influences, by various lobbies?
Parliamentary democracy, as it exists today, has become a very well-oiled system to systematically loot the country & public interest is incidental?
They debated the Lokpal Bill for 42 years, yet don’t pass it? It is an irony they passed the Bill; to increase their own salaries; within a few minutes?
People are supreme; in simple terms all that they (country) are asking for is honest individuals with sincerity of purpose; to be their voices in Parliament? It is wrong; or too much to ask?
It would be useful to examine how many; of Gandhiji’s observations about the British parliament apply to the Indian Parliament today?
Gandhiji wrote this; about the British parliament in Hind Swaraj in 1908:
“That which you consider to be the Mother of Parliaments is like a sterile woman and a prostitute. Both these are harsh terms, but exactly fit the case. That parliament has not yet, of its own accord, done a single good thing. Hence I have compared it to a sterile woman… It is like a prostitute because it is under the control of ministers who change from time to time…’
‘As a matter of fact, it is generally acknowledged that the members are hypocritical and selfish. Each thinks of his own little interest. It is fear that is the guiding motive… When the greatest questions are debated, its members have been seen to stretch themselves and to doze. Sometimes the members talk away until the listeners are disgusted. Carlyle has called it the “talking shop of the world”.’
Members vote for their party without a thought. Their so-called discipline binds them to it. If any member, by way of exception, gives an independent vote, he is considered a renegade… Parliament is simply a costly toy of the nation. These views are by no means peculiar to me. Some great English thinkers have expressed them”?
By following the procedures laid down by British Raj; our parliament is slowly degrading; to the parliament envisaged by British raj & it is not desirable?
We can hope for Introspection and trudging the path of virtue by our elected representatives soon?
Extracts from various news papers:
President Pratibha Patil: “Parliament was the repository of the people’s will. Therefore, their growing aspirations and expectations needed to be translated here into policy decisions and necessary legislation. Discussions could be difficult and divergent, yet solutions had to be found through discussions in Parliament (consensus meetings; of small selected groups; yielded no results; in case of women’s reservation bill even when there was majority to support it; why waste an effort for consensus at such meetings).
Sonia Gandhi: “Members should live up to the ideals of the founding fathers of the Constitution & conduct must be according to the standards of founding fathers”.
Meira Kumar: “People participated in elections despite the hardship of their existence. Simple and neglected people who work every day for survival also take part in elections with great fervor; democracy and caste system could not go hand in hand”.
Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari “Assess the working of Parliament in two critical areas of its functioning: ensuring accountability and oversight of the executive, and deliberations and law-making. Both tended to exhibit declining efficacy. The institutional mechanisms and procedural norms for ensuring accountability were being progressively underused. “There is a perceptible drop in the working days of Parliament. Deliberation is less frequent; legislation is at times hasty.”
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said: “Our Parliament has not just voiced the concerns and aspirations of the Indian people alone, but those of all humankind, of every freedom-loving person who seeks a life of dignity and peace.
How the MPs conducted themselves was a way of showing respect to the values of the institution and to the memory of those who created and built this (Parliament) symbol of freedom and dignity.
Each one of us owes it to those who sent us here to not only represent their views and their interests, but to do so with dignity, compassion and decorum. Revival of the tradition of reasoned and constructive debate is; the only way to earn the people’s respect”.
Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP): “House should take a pledge to fulfill the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi”
Sharad Yadav (JD-U) “Democracy has reached Parliament. It should reach the doorsteps of the poor. (Don’t you think he is hinting at; efforts to replace the word ‘people’ with ‘elected representatives’ in the definition on democracy & decrying it)”?
Arun Jaitley “Cynicism with regard to Parliament and Parliamentary functions will be brought to an end; once our norms of accountability improve”
Oldest parliamentarians: Aakar Patel “ Parliament’s role in making India a great nation is over”.
Subhash Kashyap “People feel that for our MPs the nation comes last”