NEED FOR INTROSPECTION

While the government claims that during the just concluded Parliament’s Winter Session the productivity of the Lok Sabha was 91.58 per cent and that of Rajya Sabha was 56.29 per cent, at the same time the statement of the Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu urging members to seriously introspect on their conduct in the House which lost almost 34 hours due to frequent disruptions, needs to be taken with utmost seriousness by the people’s representatives in the highest temple of the world’s largest democracy. Stating that the session had its highs and lows, Naidu lamented that it ended up losing some degree of esteem on account of disruptions. It is a fact that In India disruptions in the Central as well as state legislatures lead to loss of precious time meant for result oriented debates and discussions for the welfare of its people. Not only loss of time but it also results in wastage of huge funds involved in holding the sessions of legislatures at the cost of tax payers’ money that caters to the needs of legislators. After going through the various Parliament Sessions, be it during the present NDA regime or the previous UPA regimes it seems that creating ruckus in both houses of Parliament has become order of the day in India. It is an irony that those who accused the opposition of wasting the precious time of the Parliament sessions during the yesteryears, while sitting in the opposition today are leaving no stone unturned to stall the proceedings in the temple of Indian democracy. The opposition should realize that times have changed and so have the people especially the voters who know quite well that stalling the proceedings of the Parliament is no way to realize the aims of democracy in true sense and spirit. It is not only the opposition that has to be sincere in performing its role but even those in the ruling party have a far greater duty and role. A democracy will flourish and achieve the set objectives only if both are sincere to the electorate and that could happen only when the representatives of the people in the Parliament both in governance as well as those in the opposition behave like Pradhan Sevaks of their respective constituencies. Opposition has to be positive and constructive that could lead to best legislations and governance. Opposing just for the sake of opposition is the greatest disrespect to a democracy. Opposition leaders need to realize that Parliament provides a good forum for an effective opposition and it must be used as such. Opposition by all means is the most significant factor in the Parliament, which makes the laws for the country and as such it must itself provide an opportunity for various views to be heard throughout the term. These views should encompass not only those in governance, but also those who are opposed to the policies underlying the ways of operation. In other words, lawfully elected representatives of the people must be able to present and discuss alternative policy options even if they are not part of the government. It is high time that the people’s representatives in the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Indian Democracy conduct a serious introspection of their conduct in the temple of democracy and ask themselves whether they are in a disciplined manner participating in intense and passionate submissions and debates which are the order of democracy, because disruptions are certainly not the order of democracy. It is undoubtedly an opportunity for the parliamentarians to review, recall and introspect about how the proceedings are being conducted in the Parliament. Though Parliament is a political institution yet it cannot be an extension of politics in its typical sense which is marked by deep divisions and acrimony. It is an important institution for furthering the shared socio-economic goals of the nation, critical to fulfilling the aspirations of citizens, which is the prime responsibility of Parliamentarians.