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Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Delhi returns to BJP Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria A welcome initiative by the judiciary Revving up the manufacturing sector Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Tatas moving out of urea production... GNS - 100: our first subscriber Tribute – UCAL Selvan… When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Telangana in top gear… Moily’s bold thrust Funding the un-funded Wise Presidents F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… TELANGANA at last…BUT Streamlining mandatory third party cover Sri Lanka votes for change Preserving for the future The why of tax incentives Haul over the coal The Swadeshi Trump Silver Years of Madras Musings Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy The nuclear option Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Welcome GST New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! 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Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Readers' Mail Tribute Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Tatas moving out of urea production... Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Demise of a media baron... For whom the MIDS bell tolls? The rise and rise of KCP Multi-faceted Venkat Cement prices continue to rise… Pharma – overdose of copying Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Quality education through the PPP mode Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Adharma of opposition politics Music happens Wanted: a second airport for Chennai More heat than light Nuclear power at the nucleus He continues the focus on social amelioration Should we change the official year? An enemy’s enemy is a friend There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Shanti and Sadhana through Music Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Russi Mody – a tribute Polls and promises The Jan Dhan bonanza Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Kulandai was a giant CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Waning interest in public discussions… A yen for wastage… Tribute – M V Murugappan China invests in India A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… A friendly business group Parliament in paralysis... Towards speedy justice Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked EVM is tamper-proof Fortune 500 review Banning booze... 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Modi storms Silicon Valley TGS- The king storyteller Auto components surge… TIAM turns a full cycle TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Return to king coal for urea... More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Revive development banks... Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Solar, solar everywhere … Muffled voices for merit… Editor's Notes Where is Rajaji? Vibrant Gujarat When Ratan Tata visited SRM When small is no larger beautiful.. Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Intellectual of rare qualities Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Breaththrough in malaria control B H Kothari - a tribute Airlines in India: cost and space When the President was rendered homeless…
 
Parliament in paralysis...

It is nemesis visiting Arun Jaitley and his party. How sweetly and logically he explained the dharma of paralysing the Parliament, opposing any and every move of the UPA government in 2012 and 2013! The famous lawyer explained that paralysing Parliament’s work was a legitimate and essential tool to protest the tyranny of the UPA rule. Jaitley and the BJP leaders also used intemperate language against the Prime Minister and demanded the resignation of Finance Minister P Chidambaram. Dr Singh was ridiculed time and again for his steadfast adherence to the division of responsibilities: leaving political management to the party and focusing on administration. Of course, there were scams surfacing in succession and an ineffective government that rendered the economy downhill.

Congress with its young Turks and shouting brigade are returning the compliments in the same coin, but louder and with more acrimony. Session after session of the Parliament, both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, have been conducted without transacting any worthwhile business. For a while, the attempts made by Prime Minister Modi to seek cooperation by inviting Sonia Gandhi and Dr Singh for a meeting held some promise. There were even hopes of the GST Bill getting passed in the winter session. Disappointingly, the National Herald case killed these.

The hate campaign launched by the Congress party against Narendra Modi post-the 2002 Gujarat riots and the counter by BJP on the issue of 1984 riots, along with dozens of such issues of the past came in the way of the political leaders working in unison on development issues. Sadly, in such divisive approach the economy and the larger issue of nation’s development, suffer grievously.

 States with a comfortable majority, eg. Tamil Nadu, ensure the effective running of the legislature by strong and decisive action by the Speaker. Though it sounds authoritarian to order the suspension of unruly members, such decisive action ensures the conduct of legislative business. Indian polity is characterised by irresolvable divisiveness between the ruling party and those in opposition. Though it does appear unsavoury, both the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, should take decisive action against members who indulge in unruly action and effectively disrupt the functioning of the Parliament. They should take, for a change, a lesson or two from state legislatures. Additionally, MPs should also be denied their fees and all the privileges including the several freebies like rent-free accommodation, free transport, communication facilities and the like for the days when Parliament fails to transact any business.

As Jerome K Jerome held, the measures suggested are harsh and crude but will be effective.

 

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