Nine years ago, on 13 December, terrorists attempted to storm Parliament House in New Delhi, India’s seat of democracy. On Monday, both houses of Parliament observed the mandatory two-minute silence to remember those who died during that attack. A building alone doesn’t a democracy make—it’s also the people inside it and what they do there. In a way, it was the people and the process that came under attack in 2001. So, it is unfortunate that soon after remembering the dead, parliamentary proceedings descended into chaos—the hallmark of business in the two houses since 9 November when the winter session began. Since 1947, each successive Lok Sabha has spent less time on business than the previous one, and no business at all got done in the winter session this year. This is a shameful statistic and it doesn’t reflect well on the government and the opposition.