As I write this, 7 unruly members of parliament belonging to errant political parties - the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal in particular, have been suspended for their pathetic conduct yesterday in the Rajya Sabha. These legislators were doing their worst to prevent the Women's Reservation Bill, which now enjoys a great degree of majority support in both Houses of the Indian Parliament. This post quickly brings out some facets about the idea of quota-based representation in legislatures all across the world.
A blog post on the belied expectations on Women's Day today.
''To the best of one’s knowledge, the session which was summoned on July 17, 2008 primarily to enable the trust vote on July 21-22 will now end somewhere in the third or fourth week of December, if one were to believe the government. This is the longest ever session of the parliament notwithstanding the fact that it will simultaneously create a record of sorts in terms of the least number of sittings. Parliament has hardly been treated with such utter contempt ever before.''
Nilotpal Basu writes in People's Democracy
Memorandum Submitted to Hon'ble President of India
September 9, 2008
Dear Respected Rashtrapathiji,
We, the undersigned leaders of political parties represented in the Parliament, register our strong protest against the decision of the government to jettison the monsoon session of the Parliament. This, we consider, is a deliberate manipulation of established traditions concerning the sessions of Parliament since independence.