The crisis of parliamentarism4 min read . Updated: 21 Jul 2015, 09:23 PM IST
It is not surprising that the one level of Indian democracy where there is no instability is that of the village panchayat
The charade is familiar. A month or so before the start of a Parliament session, the opposition finds an “issue" to pin down the government. Then follows a build-up through prime-time vituperation and issuing of statements proclaiming adherence to some lofty principle—democracy, secularism or, as has been common in recent years, a tirade against corruption. On the eve of the session, the differences between opposition parties and the treasury benches are unbridgeable. The ritual of a pre-session all-party meeting is carried out with punctilio, but to no avail, and the country is repeatedly treated to the spectacle of washed-out sessions. Most bills that are passed do so with a minimum of debate or no debate at all. This is bad news for democracy.