House of Dis­cord

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Suc­ces­sive ses­sions in Par­lia­ment have shown a gen­eral trend to­wards de­cline which is ev­i­dent from the graph that ac­com­pa­nies IN­DIA TO­DAY’S cover story (“Bring­ing Down the House”, March 3). Not only have the de­bates in Par­lia­ment lost their sheen, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives have also lost cred­i­bil­ity. The re­sult is to­tal chaos and mayhem. The de­cline of Par­lia­ment is in­dica­tive of the de­cay that has crept into our so­ci­ety which elects such people as their rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The be­hav­iour of our parliamentarians is any­thing but par­lia­men­tary. RA­JESH SA­HAY, Delhi It is ex­tremely em­bar­rass­ing to see our parliamentarians be­have like hooli­gans on the streets. It is shock­ing how they are bring­ing shame to the coun­try by re­peat­edly dis­re­spect­ing and dis­rupt­ing the pro­ceed­ings of the House. This is a wake-up call for the people of our coun­try who should now take a firm stance against un­ruly politi­cians and stop elect­ing un­de­serv­ing can­di­dates to the House. INDU SHANKAR, Varanasi The cover story is cer­tainly an eye-opener for a coun­try which as­pires to be a world power and the third-largest econ­omy in the next decade. The need of the hour is de­bate and not dis­rup­tion, states­man­ship and not fights in­side Par­lia­ment. The worst five years of our par­lia­men­tary his­tory must have taken our coun­try back­ward by at least 10 years. The prob­lems of the na­tion took a back­seat as our parliamentarians played dirty pol­i­tics in the House. It is in­deed shame­ful and wor­ry­ing for the fu­ture of our democ­racy. KANAK NAM­BIAR, Navi Mum­bai MPs from all par­ties are re­spon­si­ble for this sorry state of af­fairs in Par­lia­ment. While al­most all of them came to­gether to en­sure a hefty raise in their salaries, they also made sure that the House did not func­tion prop­erly. The rul-

ing party, Congress, is at fault but the Op­po­si­tion par­ties are no bet­ter. KR­ISHNA K. SA­BOO, via email It’s ex­tremely dis­heart­en­ing to see our palia­men­tar­i­ans be­hav­ing like this. It’s a pity that people’s money and time are wasted in hold­ing elec­tions and voting to power lead­ers who have no con­cern for the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try or the wel­fare of its people. SUD­HIR MISHRA, Bhubaneswar Do par­lia­men­tary lead­ers take cit­i­zens for fools? The self-adu­la­tion dur­ing the fi­nal ses­sion of the 15th Lok Sabha added in­sult to in­jury. Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh hail­ing the pas­sage of the Te­lan­gana Bill or the leader of Op­po­si­tion tak­ing pride in the voting on the Lok­pal Bill—all sug­gested that MPs are in a state of de­nial. J. AK­SHAY, Se­cun­der­abad

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