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Issue No.: 574 | April 2015

The Functioning of the Lok Sabha

S. V. Raju
To your editor the best piece of news in recent weeks was the report in The Times of India of March 21 that the large number of members of parliament did not play truant at the present budget session now in recess and that they actually earned their pay! According to this report "Lok Sabha members worked harder than their predecessors in the last decade registering a productivity of 121%”. The Rajya Sabha too was not very far behind "notching productivity of 109%.” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu hoped that this marked the beginning of a new way of "transparent governance in the country.” This might not be entirely true – at least not yet – but an important fact was Y. V. S. Reddy who gave a fillip to the concept of federalism and, in the process, providing an answer to members from various states ‘what’s in it for my state’.

The next step should be enforcing discipline in its proceedings. The Speaker should not be from the ruling group NDA or the UPA. The two groups should, before the elections, agree on a person who has training, strictness and the wisdom of a Vikramaditya (preferably a retired judge or jurist) who will have the courage, for example to ban members from rushing to the well of the house at the slightest excuse and disrupt proceedings. 

The third follow-up to take this forward is to cultivate a sense of bipartisanship. This is easier said than done. Pandit Nehru is rightly credited with nurturing and sustaining parliamentary democracy in India. But he did not encourage bipartisanship except when he was driven to a corner as during the Chinese invasion. At other times, Nehru would contemptuously reject or ignore our (The Swatantra Party’s) offers of support for instance because for him it came from a ‘Right Reactionary party of farmers and rich businessmen’. But that’s another story waiting to be told.






Other Articles in this Issue

Parliament is Back: Doing its Job - Finally!

The Functioning of the Lok Sabha

S. V. Raju


Kisan Mehta, R.I.P.


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Amartya Sen’s Outbursts on Being Denied a Second Term

N. S. Venkataraman

Growing Saffronization

Firoze Hirjikaka

Nagaland Lynching

Firoze Hirjikaka

Our "Inconsistencies"

A Lesson in Public Life from Rajaji and Masani


The Land Acquisition Bill

Hypocrites All!

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The Land Acquisition Bill Not Convincing

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Point Counter Point : Every issue has at least two sides

Daughter of India

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Porbandar Boat Again

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Sensitive Documents

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Black Money

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The National Scene

Remembering Pandit Nehru’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’ Thereby Lies ... A Twist in the Tale

H. R. Bapu Satyanarayana

“Daughter of India” – The BBC Documentary - – Banning Not the Answer

Nitin G. Raut

Rahul Takes A Break

Firoze Hirjikaka

How to bolo the boli and chalo the boli


Ugly Truths about Young India

Dilip Thakore

Congress in reboot stage


Budget 2015-16

Budget 2015-16: An Evaluation

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Distortion, Damned Distortion and National Accounts Statistics

Sunil S. Bhandare

The 14th Finance Commission

S. Viswanathan

The Rural Perspective

Agriculture and Rural Indebtedness - VI

R. M. Mohan Rao

Foreign Relations in the 21st Century

Obama Came and Concurred: Convergences Enhanced and New Vistas of Cooperation Opened

B. Ramesh Babu

Pakistan’s Quest for Nationhood

Suresh C. Sharma

Warriors after War


Book Review


S. K. Rau


K. Natwar Singh

Educating Adults

Three Emerging Religious Icons for Maharashtra Politics

Sharu Rangnekar

Shortage of Qualified Teachers

Suresh C. Sharma

The Right to Sanitation as a Human Right

B. N. Mehrish

Sankranti Kanukalu (Gift on Sankranti)




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