Disruptions in the Indian Parliament

Reports by Public Law · July 18, 2016
Author(s): Arghya Sengupta, Medha Srivastava and Kaushiki Sanyal

This report recognises that proceedings in the Indian Parliament are often unproductive due to disruptions made by its members. This report identifies that while the expression of dissent within the confines of parliamentary etiquette is a legitimate form of protest, the manner in which it often currently manifests in Parliament is unacceptable. The consequence of such behaviour leads to taxpayers’ money being wasted over a non-functioning Parliament; and of even more concern, a legislative paralysis that stultifies the overall governance of the country.


The contributions of this report are twofold. It identifies the causes for disruptions by closely analysing the proceedings in both houses of Parliament for two distinct sessions, namely the Winter Session of 2012-14 and the Monsoon session of 2015. It then argues that the very nature of the Parliament has changed from being the apex legislative body in India to a forum for grandstanding on matters of public importance. This report makes use of empirical research and comparative experiences, with the ultimate aim of inviting wider public engagement on the conceptualisation of legitimate dissent in a parliamentary democracy.

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About Arghya Sengupta:

Arghya is the Founder and Research Director at Vidhi. His areas of specialisation are constitutional law and regulation of the digital economy. He has served on a number of government committees including most recently the Justice B.N. Srikrishna-led committee of experts on a data protection framework for India. Arghya has a number of academic publications on the Supreme Court, Parliament, fundamental rights in leading law journals such as Law Quarterly Review and Public Law. He is also a columnist at The Telegraph, The Hindustan Times and The Times of India. He has most recently authored a book "Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary" (Cambridge, 2019) which builds on his doctoral work at Oxford University. Prior to founding Vidhi, he was at Oxford as a Lecturer in Administrative Law at Pembroke College. Link to full bio

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