Within a fortnight, MPs will undergo two days of mandatory training to avoid unparliamentary language in the House, President Girish Gautam said. The manual – the first of its kind in MP – is ready and will be released to lawmakers any day. The monsoon session begins on August 9.
“Often, Members of Parliament use unparliamentary words in the House, which should be crossed out from their address. The purpose of this exercise is to inform members of the words which they should not use in assembly, ”said Gautam. There are about 300 such words in the manual. Among the printables are “murkh, chor, nalayak and bewakoof”. Interestingly, ‘jhooth’ (lie) is also considered unparliamentary.
Officials said it took three months to list and prepare the manual. This will help maintain decorum in the House, the Speaker said. Lok Sabha already has a list of words not to use, and it was an account ready for the MP manual. With no love lost between the two main parties, especially since the overthrow of the Congressional government, things can heat up when MPs come face to face.
View of the Time: In an age when abusive language has almost become an acceptable part of everyday life, it’s refreshing to witness an attempt to create decorum within a state assembly. The training and the dictionary may not make fundamental changes in the personality of a legislator, but the larger message will hopefully come home. Other assemblies could do well to imitate this movement.