The Constitution of India is the longestwritten constitution of any sovereign country in the world, containing 395 articles in 22 parts, 12 schedules and 115 amendments. Much before we pass the Janlokpal bill and add few more pages to the constitution (if it is passed with a constitutional status) we need to pass a very very important ACT or lets say add another Article to the constitution. The Parliamentary Discipline Act 2012.
First, I think we need to understand that this constitution was built in 1949 and a lot has changed in our country since then and many of these laws and regulations might just not be applicable at these times.
For example: Reservation was something that was planned and passed for few 10-20 Years after Independence so that backward classes could level up with others. But in today’s scenario it seems Reservation is just another way of filling up the vote bank. Moreover, There is no GROWTH in the percentage ratios of backward vs general. There might be a scenario in next 10 years that General Quote people might need reservations.
Its high time that we (The Citizens of India) understand and review the constitution of India. Awareness is always the key. I am sure 95% of India’s population has never read the constitution of India. Have you?
Inspite of being the largest democracy in the world, with a huge number of scientists, engineers and educated men. Our parliament is nothing but another example of a wild zoo and trust me it needs no description. Videos from our parliament session are shown as funny videos in foreign countries. I have seen one myself. So before we jump on strong acts like Janlokapal & Food Security, we need to make sure there is some sense “Disciplined Behavior” when it comes to our parliament sessions.
If I were to draft the Parliamentary Discipline act 2012, I think I would draft it this way:
Article 1: Understanding.
1.1 This act is designed to make sure humans remain in human forms during parliament sessions, this act also assumes that you did not get enough learning in school about “What Discipline means” and hence you need some complimentary education about the same.
1.2 This act also states the behavior guidelines of being the leader of India.
1.3 This act also aligns with other Fundamental Rights mentioned in the Constitution.
Article 2: The Speaker.
2.1 The Role is as mentioned in the Constitution – Article - The Speaker.
2.2 As mention (Refer 2.1) – The Speaker should facilitate discussions not “JUST SMILE” and “Nod your Head” in a typical Indian Style.
2.3 As a member of Parliament, you are not allowed to throw anything at the speaker.
2.4 When speaker speaks, you shut up and listen.
2.5 The Speaker cannot adjourn a session just because he is pissed off.
Article 3: General
3.1 You are not allowed to throw anything at anyone, any damage to the infrastructure will be charged from your salary.
3.2 Sleeping in the parliament is direct expulsion from the current session.
3.3 Anything that is legal in the country is also illegal in the parliament. Even Porn.
3.4 Speak one at the time, use hand signs or buzzers installed on your desks.
3.5 Use “Point of Order” (Refer Constitution) only if you have a valid rule number.
3.6 Prime Minister should speak at least once.
3.7 There should be compulsory attendance unless emergencies.
3.8 Behave like educated people.
3.9 You cannot start crying and running around in the parliament. This is not Kinder Garden.
3.10 Throw the garbage in the dustbin. Do not play “Snow – Snow” with paper.
3.11 You are allowed to tweet & update your facebook status. Don’t forget the hashtag #GovtOfIndia
3.12 If you cannot speak loud enough, use mic. If no one is listening, don’t speak.
3.13 when speaker says, “Time is up” – Take your seat before you are thrown out.
3.14 Do something if you are in the parliament.
3.15 Don’t pick your nose specially when the camera’s focus is on you.
3.16 You are the part of worlds largest democracy, Act like one.
Article 4: Voting
4.1 We shall be using Yes, No & Abstention — Stop using AYES and NOES – The British left 65 years ago. Get over it.
4.2 You do not need to celebrate Diwali after every motion.
Article 5: Resevation
5.1 There is no reservation in who has the liberty to not follow the act.
Article 6: Amendments
6.1 The Act is open to amendments but you are not allowed to tear away this sheet.
Open to feedback & Comments. After all, we live in a democracy.