Even though the country’s largest temple of democracy, Parliament House, has become the old Parliament House on Monday, but this building has been witness to the rise and maturity of democracy since the creation of the Indian Constitution.
The first day of the five-day special Parliament session on Monday became the last day of parliamentary proceedings in this Parliament House.
The tenure of the first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi to Dr. Manmohan Singh was remembered in the Parliament House.
At the same time, the addresses from the first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad to the present President Draupadi Murmu were remembered.
Of course, This Parliament House got the leadership of fifteen Prime Ministers of the country.
The House played the important responsibility of improving the condition of the country and giving a new direction through dialogue.
As a mature democracy, the collective decisions in the last seven and a half decades reflect its vitality.
It is given the status of the world’s largest democracy. In this House, the representatives of the people, feeling the pain and suffering of the common people, kept giving shape to new laws.
Public representatives showed their commitment to social justice. Whenever any major crisis befell the country, the party and the opposition united and faced it.
Of course, The old Parliament building has been witness to many transformative decisions of the country. After the independence of the country, its selection as the Parliament House shows its importance.
Some critics say it was made during the British period. But we should not forget that this was possible due to the hard work, sweat and money of Indians.
In true sense, Parliament House is not just a building, it has been the heart of the country, which has been beating for the common man. Whose credibility was enriched by every political party in the country in 75 years.
Undoubtedly, the old Parliament House of the country has been an eyewitness to the decisive decisions of independent India.
After independence, the work of drafting the Constitution that determined the direction of India’s democracy took place in this House.
The new Constitution came into force on 26 January 1950 after 165 continuous meetings of the Constituent Assembly in this building.
It is right that a new Parliament building has been constructed to centralize the arrangements and to suit the future needs. But it would have been better if every political party of the country had active participation in it.
The beauty of democracy is to take everyone along. This is also the ideal of democracy.
Leaders of opposition parties have also been saying that instead of changing the building, changing the condition of the country should be the priority.
Unemployment, inflation and social justice should be priority. The government’s approach should be inclusive.
Of course, after the increasing population in the country and expansion of parliamentary constituencies, the need for new buildings for more MPs is inevitable.
It is a good thing that better facilities and new technology in the new building will boost the efficiency of the MPs.
But these decisions should not be vehicles for achieving one-sided political objectives. No particular party should take credit for this.
It will be important that the work of the new Parliament House be more public welfare in an inclusive spirit.
Especially the short session of the new Parliament could prove to be particularly valuable. And those glorious traditions should expand, Which had been going on in the old house for decades.
There should be a sense of celebration and enthusiasm for democracy in this House. May the glorious heritage of Indian democracy continue to expand. This should remain a platform for expression of public sentiments. So that this country can make it meaningful to be the largest democracy in the world.
At the same time, it should be capable of giving Indian democracy the strength to face global challenges.
It should also remain the vocal voice of the person standing in the last line of the country. Who should always maintain reverence for it in their mind like a temple of democracy.