ON one of the days last week, Parliament was about to be suspended yet again because the BJP had sent its members into the well of the house for another round of tumult and hullabaloo. They were protesting against the corruption scam, popularly known as “Coalgate”, I tuned into Lok Sabha TV.
Instead of the regular ” Baith Jaiye” in her high pitched voice, Lok Sabha speaker Ms Meera Kumar was saying, all those in favour say “Aye”, a few voices said “Aye” and she proclaimed, the “Ayes have it”, the “Ayes have it”. It happened a few times. All this while there was a very distinct background music going on, the lyrics were- ” Istifa do, Istifa do, Pradhanmantri Istifa do” and “Koyle ki dalali main, poori Congress kaali hai”. All these lines were in different tunes but it wasn’t unpleasant. After watching this for a few minutes, I changed the channel and went on to the next most interesting programme on the telly, news analysis on the 24×7 news channels. A very intelligent looking analyst was saying ‘Indian taxpayers lose Rs 2 crore a day when Parliament doesn’t work.
Nothing much has happened in the Parliament in the Monsoon session, it looks like a complete wastage of time and money of the taxpayer. We had seen a similar drama by Congress MPs during the NDA regime, the scam was then called “Coffingate”. This could very well be repeated in the next Lok Sabha and the one after that and the one after that by a different name.
The criteria for selecting candidates for elections are, potential for winning, money power and muscle power. After watching this drama, shouldn’t we focus on the strength of vocal cords and the sense of music as well? Candidates with a sense of music should be given preference over the ones who bore people with the same old tunes. The slogans used to disrupt the Houses of Parliament will be pleasant to the ears and popular. The help of writers should be taken to write new, interesting slogans everyday. People would look forward to disruptions so that they can enjoy good revolutionary music and poetry.
The halls of the Parliament houses are lying vacant, they could be used to conduct reality shows to select the best candidates for disrupting the houses of Parliament. Imagine some reality show like “Indian Idol”, could be renamed “Indian MP”. If Anu Malik would be judging the show one could have a writer for free, his “poor self made shers” could be hit with the public who have survived him for so many seasons of “Indian Idol”. CDs and DVDs of this show could be launched and Lok Sabha TV could generate some revenue by commercials and the loss of 2 crores a day would hurt less.
It is just a beginning, our temple of democracy could be used for much more, our politicians and bureaucrats can even demand commission in the prize money, some may demand reservations for the downtrodden and the minorities. Some brainstorming would be needed to make it viable but don’t think Parliament disruptions would be bad commerce.