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Decline or Death of Parliament?

Parliament has been on a downhill course from soon after the early 1950s; we are now at a nadir.

The two Houses of Parliament and the state legislatures are the basic units of political representation, and their rela-tions with the other organs of state – the executive and the judiciary – provide the locus of working of the parliamentary system of governance. The weakening of Parliament leads to accretion of a disproportionate power in other institutions, up-setting the system of checks and balances, and creates distortions which ultimately weaken the system.

What the people of India have been witnessing in recent years is an accelerated hollowing out of Parliament, which puts a ques-tion mark over the working of democracy in the country. The nadir was surely reached recently when the executive did not convene a Winter Session and used the fracas on the last day ofthe session to push through enactment of a number of bills without any discussion.

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