Parliament of India or ?

Friday, 30 March 2007 00:00

Parliament of India is an institution where all the issues related to common man should be discussed and debated. However the atmosphere in our Parliament -most of the times- is worst than a fish market. In the past one year Indian Parliament has seen so many adjournments; one wonders if our politicians are concerned at all about our country and common people?

Most of the issues resulting in slogan shouting and adjournments are of the political nature. In the recent past, Opposition NDA has hit out at the UPA over rising prices, Bofors issue, Bihar and Jharkhand fiasco etc., often bringing the two houses of Parliament to a standstill to get their message across. But it’s perhaps time for politicians to realise that this means a lot of money down the drain. The impact from these adjournments is directly felt by the Indian taxpayers. As Parliament continues to face multiple adjournments these issues, it’s the common man’s money that goes down the drain. As per a report from a news channel, Parliament disruptions cost the taxpayers Rs 20,000 a minute.

In the recent past, our politicians have been seen involving in moral policing of people. Examples include: beating up poor couples in the parks, cancelling the licenses of ladies bars, Banning TV channels for vulgarity etc. So the question is who will police our politician’s moral conduct in a bid to end unnecessary squabbles?

Politicians are free to discuss and debate any political issues in the Parliament. However, shouting slogans and hurling abuses to one another, poorly reflects our Indian culture and the civic sense of our society. We are the oldest civilization, yet our attitude in public places is not fitting enough to keep up our same old tradition in this 21st century.

With rising inflation, if our elected leaders are wasting Rs.20, 000 per minute over some political issues instead of finding a solution to common man’s problem, then they should be held accountable as well should be punished for the contempt of the institution of parliament. The media should help in channelling the public’s frustration into a movement against the behaviour of our leaders in parliament at the behest and the interest of the public.


The Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Ordinance, 2007

Thursday, 22 February 2007 00:00

In the first week of February, 2007 the President of India promulgated an ordinance making it mandatory for private broadcasters in India to share the live feed of important sporting events with public broadcaster, Prasar Bharati. Millions of cricket lovers- who do not have cable facility and radio listeners - would receive live coverage of Indian team's upcoming one-day matches. Private broadcasters now left with little choice but to share live feed of important sporting events with public broadcaster Prasar Bharati. This means, from now on it will be mandatory for private broadcasters to share live feed of all "sporting events of national importance" with the government-run Doordarshan and All India Radio.

This is a popular ordinance by the Government. While the cricket lovers in the country will definitely benefit, the private broadcasters might decry this ordinance. However, as every sports channels operating in India wants 'Cricket' for its survival it might not be bad idea for BCCI to produce the Cricket on its own and then sell it to more than one sports channel to be telecast. In that way, there won't be an "exclusivity" factor and also millions of cricket lovers will be able to enjoy the game.

Today the game of cricket in India is popular because of its widespread distribution and traditional interest of people in this sport. By distributing cricket signals to all the channels cricket lovers will have the option of choosing the channel they want to view cricket on. This way BCCI will be able to sell the cricket production to many channels and will be able to keep control on any such scenarios where the public may suffer because of disputes between sports channels.

If not for a long term, at least on a trial basis, this idea should be tried out. India can not only innovate and show the world of this new style of Cricket marketing but also may be able to stop all the bickering over telecast rights between state controlled and private channels, thereby helping to popularise this game further in India.


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