Vibrant democracy, dormant Parliament8 min read . Updated: 14 Jul 2017, 02:14 AM IST
Decades after the Indian republic's founding, its Parliament, which should have been at its heart, has diminished in stature rather than evolving and maturing
The monsoon session of Parliament starts on 17 July. It is almost 70 years since independence. As an institution, Parliament is central to the very idea of democracy and was assigned a pivotal role in our Constitution by the founding fathers of the republic. Yet, so many decades later, it has neither evolved nor matured as it could, might or should have. If anything, slowly but surely, it has diminished in stature and significance. Indeed, it is now more a symbol than the substance of a vibrant democracy that has taken deep roots among our people. The time has come for citizens, whom it represents, to evaluate that performance.