It is a national shame that our parliament is not functioning. But does it make a difference when it was made irrelevant in 1985?
The anti-defection law in 1985 made it impossible to vote across party lines. That meant that parliamentary debate was moot, and the quality of our discourse dipped. Why should MPs even be physically present, when one could conduct the vote as per an excel sheet?
That is the case my friend Barun Mitra made in a conversation with me on an old episode of The Seen and the Unseen. Listen in!