An urgent need to reform the country’s legislative processes
Indian legislatures are failing due to anti-defection laws and weak parliamentary convention
The dysfunction in Indian democracy is no longer hidden. Many, including me, believe that the Indian agricultural system needs reform and agree with the core idea of India’s farm bills, but have criticized the government for not following a transparent legislative process. While it followed the basic checklist to pass those reforms quickly, it subverted constitutional principles and the parliamentary spirit. Consider the lack of attendance, and the absence of debate, deliberation or expert committees in Parliament. The legislature has become a stage for laws to be passed in minutes. And it only takes a few days from tabling bills to receiving the President’s signature. This is not unique to the 17th Lok Sabha. It was just less visible earlier.