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Parliament disruptions

Parliament is a forum for discussion and debate with dignity and decorum. There is no room for disruption. When any House of Parliament has to be adjourned due to disruption it is a disgrace.
Since many years disruptions and adjournments of Parliament have become a common occurrence. Sometimes whole sessions are washed out. As a result bills are passed without discussion. There was a time when marshals were used to throw out disrupting members but now it is rarely done.
BJP is the main culprit in disrupting Parliament. It began with a winter session wash out on the demand of resignation of telecom minister Sukh Ram. Some months later Sukh Ram quit Congress and formed a party. Elections followed. BJP formed government in Himachal Pradesh with the help of Sukh Ram. There was wash out of winter session in 2010 on 2G issue. On 31/1/2011 Arun Jaitley said disruption is a legitimate tactic in democracy. Now he is at the receiving end. BJP is at the receiving end.
Sometimes ruling party members also disrupt Parliament. We had the unusual spectacle of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath disrupting Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj’s speech. Many times Congress MPs from Telangana disrupted Parliament.
Presiding officers are guilty of not doing their duty and going by what the government wants or not suspending members who disrupt. Lot of time and money is wasted. At the end bills are passed without discussion. MPs get 2,000 rupees daily allowance when Parliament is in session. When the loss is calculated salary, allowances, subsidies and freebies of MPs should be taken into account.
Many MLAs follow the example of MPs and disrupt Legislative Assembly sessions. Marshals are rarely used. AAP has used marshals to throw out BJP MLAs who disrupt Delhi Assembly.
Congress has demanded the resignations of Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje Scindia and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Otherwise they will not allow Parliament to function. Sushma Swaraj is External Affairs Minister and MPs have a right to demand her resignation. Vasundhara Raje Scindia and Shivraj Singh Chouhan are chief ministers and MPs have no right to demand their resignations. MLAs have the right to demand their resignations. Prime Minister and chief ministers may belong to the same party but that does not give the Prime Minister right to demand resignation of chief minister or dismiss chief minister. Congress is steeped in high command culture which began with Mohandas Gandhi. In 1939 Gandhi’s favourite Pattabhi Sitaramaih lost Congress presidential election to Subhash Chandra Bose. Gandhi made life difficult for Bose and Bose had to resign after four months. In 1946 provincial Congress Committees elected Vallabhbhai Patel as Congress President. Jivatram Bhagwandas Kripalani was second in the number of votes. Patel would have become Prime Minister when India became independent. Gandhi wanted Jawaharlal Nehru to become Congress President and later Prime Minister and Patel made way Nehru. In 1951 Nehru made Purushottam Das Tandon quit as Congress President. In 1959 Siddavanahalli Nijalingappa was pressured not to contest against Indira Gandhi for the post of Congress President. Over the years differences between BJP and Congress have narrowed down but high command culture in BJP is not as strong as in Congress. That is because RSS influence over BJP.
Marshals should be used to throw out MPs who disrupt Parliament. MPs who disrupt should be suspended for the rest of the session. BJP has majority in Lok Sabha. It can move resolutions for suspension of disrupting MPs. BJP does not have majority in Rajya Sabha. Suspension by resolution is difficult. Chairman or Deputy Chairman can suspend disrupting MPs. Speaker of Lok Sabha can suspend disrupting MPs.
There is demand by people to end Parliament canteen subsidy. Jay Panda has supported ending subsidy. Some MPs want to justify subsidy by saying journalists, officials, staff members, CRPF members eat at Parliament canteen. Many MPs don’t use the canteen when Parliament is in session and when Parliament is not in session few MPs use canteen. Such arguments are wrong. Parliament canteen is for MPs and others have no right to use that. It should be shut when Parliament is not in session. All who eat and drink at the canteen should pay full amount. Journalists, officials, staff members, CRPF members are paid salaries. They should not get subsidy. MPs should not have subsidy. Parliament canteen subsidy should end.

Tyranny of judges

26 June 2015 is a black day in the history of USA and the world. USA’s Supreme Court by 5-4 majority judgment destroyed democracy and upheld same sex marriages. In California people in a referendum had voted to define marriage as union of one man and one woman. In USA marriage is a state subject. Legislatures in more than 30 states had passed laws making marriage a union of one man and one woman. Judges at local level had overturned such laws and the matter had come to USA’s Supreme Court. The five judges nullified the will of the people and imposed their view as law. Judges became tyrants.
It was unimaginable till some years back that men will want to marry men and women will want to marry women and judges will overturn laws to allow such perversity. Yet it has happened. Now it is for US Congress to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman in the Constitution and have retirement age or term limit of judges and make it easy for removal and punishment of judges in case of perverse verdicts . It is good to have a term of four years for judges of Supreme Court.
Five judges who ruled in favour of same sex marriages were Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Members of Congress shall impeach them.
Four judges who ruled against same sex marriages were John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas.
Catholic bishops of USA should excommunicate Anthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor for favouring same sex marriages. It is for the Jews to decide what they want to do with Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan.
Judicial tyranny is not restricted to USA alone. Sometimes it is euphemistically called judicial activism. In many countries judges cross their limits and encroach on the powers of executive and legislature. Judges assume powers which are not given to them in Constitution or by convention.
Evil is justified as being modern. Good is destroyed by saying it is antiquated. There is nothing modern about homosexuality. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of it.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. When judges become tyrants liberty is destroyed. Terry Schiavo lost her life because of judges.
States with heterosexual marriage legislation shall defy Supreme Court. Louisiana and Mississippi have cited legal hurdles.
Some countries have passed legislation or held referendum to make same sex marriage legal. The result of referendum in Ireland was a shock. Many times evil triumphs because good people do nothing. Those good people should now speak up and act to restore marriage to its rightful status.

Thou shall not forgive

There are Christians who think they have to forgive whatever crimes may be committed against them because Jesus Christ said so. Jesus Christ spoke of mercy and forgiveness but not in all cases.
When Jesus Christ spoke about forgiveness it was not about murder, abetment to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, false claim to have committed murder in order to mislead police and judiciary and/or to debunk and discredit death penalty, threat to murder, abduction, acid throwing, threat to throw acid, banditry, character assassination, highway robbery, hijacking, kidnapping, double rape, repeat rape, gang rape, revenge porn, transmission and/or uploading of nude pictures to cause damage to someone and such high crimes.
There were contexts for what Jesus Christ spoke.
When Peter asked Jesus “How many times shall I forgive my brother? Seven times?” Jesus replied “Seventy times seven.” Andrew was Peter’s brother and an Apostle of Jesus. He was not the one who caused great trouble to Peter.
Jesus said “All sins will be forgiven but sins against Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” Some sins like arson to churches, massacre in churches, murder of a priest, rape of a nun, qualify as sins against Holy Spirit.
When questioned about paying tax to Caesar Jesus said “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, give unto God what is God’s.” It is wrong for religious leaders to tread into the realm of government and oppose death penalty for murder and high crimes.
The prayer Our Father has a sentence “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” People who have not committed murder and other high crimes do not have to forgive criminals who have committed murder and other high crimes.
When Jesus was on the cross he said “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” This was about the people who did not know him but had joined those who were making fun of Jesus.
There is no mention of Jesus forgiving Judas, Annas, Caiphas and Jewish leaders who were against him. He said to Pilate “The sin of one who has handed over me to you is great.”
Jesus talked of turning the other cheek when someone slapped but did not turn the other cheek when someone, a soldier or a guard, slapped him during the trial before Sanhedrin. He said “If I have said something wrong, prove it. If I have said something right why do you strike me?”
Jesus was not happy at the cities that rejected him. He said “Woe to you Chorazain and woe to you Bethsaida… And Capernaum, though highly honoured shall go down to hell…”
Jesus was harsh in his criticism of Scribes and Pharisees. He called them hypocrites, whitewashed tombs and so on.
Jesus overturned the tables of moneylenders and drove away merchants at the Temple. He wanted to maintain the holiness of the Temple. Massacre of people gathered in church by a racial terrorist is worse than trade at Temple. Jesus did not forgive the traders at the Temple.
It was foolish for persons who lost their family members in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church massacre by white racial terrorist Dylann Roof 17/6/2015. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was right in demanding death penalty to the terrorist. In case of murder only the dead person has the right to forgive and for that the murderer shall be executed and sent to the other world to seek forgiveness.
Whites are reluctant to admit some of them can be terrorists. They give excuses like mental sickness.
USA should ban National Rifle Association for opposing gun control and facilitating terrorism. If NRA members resist they should be put in jail. Blaming the victims for crimes is wrong. It was wrong for NRA member Charles Cotton to blame slain pastor and Democratic state Senator Clementa Pinckney for opposing concealed handguns in churches. Gifting guns and other firearms should be banned. Dylann Roof had got .45 calibre handgun as 21st birthday present from his father.
A new commandment for Christians is as below:
Thou shall not forgive racial, religious or any other terrorism, massacre in a church or school or other place, murder, abetment to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, false claim to have committed murder in order to mislead police and judiciary and/or to debunk and discredit death penalty, threat to murder, abduction, acid throwing, threat to throw acid, banditry, character assassination, highway robbery, hijacking, kidnapping, double rape, repeat rape, gang rape, rape of a nun, arson of a church, revenge porn, transmission and/or uploading of nude pictures to cause damage to someone and such high crimes.

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