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The winter session of Parliament begins today. It is a given that the opposition will bring the currency swap front and centre. This is as it should be. Such a major move—one that has caused hardship—warrants discussion by the legislature.
But unsurprisingly, the rhetoric is already polarized. Opposition parties are painting the move as a callous attack on the common man while the government suggests that those questioning the currency swap are perhaps on the side of the corrupt.
Similarly, the suicide of a former serviceman over One Rank One Pension and the Uniform Civil Code are other emotive issues that the opposition is likely to bring up.
Other issues should not be put on the back burner. There are the three crucial bills related to the goods and services tax, for one, and the increased tension on the border.
No issue is or should be off limits—but here’s hoping that doesn’t scupper the session’s productivity.