Thursday, December 25, 2008

Eight Bills in 17 Minutes

In a strange year for Parliament, Lok Sabha witnessed one of its strangest episodes. On Tuesday, the last day of the absurdly named "monsoon session", it passed eight bills in 17 minutes. The absurdity was highlighted by the fact that even as these bills were passed, for quite a while afterwards parliamentary reporters were scrambling to get clarity on the content of the bills passed. Or perhaps in a calendar year, in which only 46 sittings were held, it was our MPs' way of letting all know that lack of discussion shall not hold them from transacting brisk legislative business.

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