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Satish Aliya
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Parliament turned down into demolisher of democracy
Updated 24 Oct 2017 | Tuesday
Updated 24-Oct-2017 | Tuesday

It was the budget session of 1992 when I first saw Parliament proceedings as a journalist. I attended two proceeding – one of the Rajya Sabha and one of the Lok Sabha. However, it was only from the year 1995 I started covering the proceedings of the assembly.

Be it in the Parliament or state assembly, some members come prepared and raise important issues of their area and the country. But there are others who could not do this because of their party intervention. Even in the Parliament, during UPA rule NDA and now in the NDA rule UPA is doing the same thing – creating chaos and interrupting proceeding repeatedly instead of healthy debate.

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Even in the Parliament, during UPA rule NDA and now in the NDA rule UPA is doing the same thing – creating chaos and interrupting proceeding repeatedly
It is a subject of intellectual reasoning and historical discovery to find out where did democracy took birth.

As a result important issues are left behind sidelined and public interest got replaced by political agenda. We would have to understand the history if you want to go deep into it. 

Modern historians believe that the methodology of democracy came from Europe and the oldest parliament is British Parliament. Although many places in India were Republic even before the European Parliament came into existence.

The coins found in Eran in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh have the name of the state and the King’s picture inscribed on them. This implies that democracy or republic existed in the past, monarchy came afterwards. In some parts of present Bihar there was a democratic system. There was democracy in tribal society where the leader was chosen or the oldest person was considered to be the head.

It is a subject of intellectual reasoning and historical discovery to find out where did democracy took birth. However, in the present scenario, debates and discussions on the situation of democracy in our country today is relevant. This question has arises as the people's representatives in the past have caused serious damage to the credentials of the legislature by their behavior.

Following the end of British Raj in India, a democratic parliamentary system was adopted and our constitution was created and implemented by the Constituent Assembly. Actually, the constitution is a clear draft approved by public for the boundaries and division of power lines of the legislative.

Constitution is the extreme expressions of people’s hope and expectations, which was considered independent and universal for the people. As the, parliament was the place for people’s representatives it was considered as the institution for discussions and debates.

In the year 1969-70, when Mrs. Indira Gandhi decided to abolish the Privy Purse of erstwhile Indian kings and made laws for nationalisation of some private banks, industrialists and the kings challenged her decision in the Supreme Court. According to them the right to property is incorporated in the constitution under fundamental rights and therefore the law will be against the constitution and can’t be made.

Debates in the Supreme Court were important those days. Lawyers, on behalf of the government, told that parliament is sovereign and has all the power to make laws, can end the right to property.  After hearing both the parties, the Supreme Court recognised the power of the government to abolish the property rights but, also said that Parliament or government cannot eliminate any of the integral part of the Constitution like democracy, state of law etc.

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The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of PARLIAMENTARY BUSINESS and PARLIAMENTARY BUSINESS does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

Keywords:
Parliament  |  democracy  |  India  |  assembly  |  constitution  |  debate
Keywords:
Parliament  |   democracy  |   India  |   assembly  |   constitution  |   debate
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