2 October 2022


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Outrage over list of ‘unparliamentary’ words placed in Lok Sabha

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh stated that it meant little..

Mahua Moitra suggested Thursday that “sexual harassment” be replaced by “Mr Gogoi.” On Friday, the Trinamool MP added another term to the list, stating that ‘eyewash’ was unparliamentary.

Ankur Chatterjee: Even though Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla confirmed on Thursday that no terms have been prohibited, Trinamool Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra resumed her diatribe against the list of ‘unparliamentary’ words provided by the Lok Sabha Secretariat. In the midst of a chorus of opposition legislators, Mahua Moitra declared on Thursday that she would come up with substitutes for phrases that are now regarded unparliamentary.

On Thursday, Mahua Moitra suggested that the term “sexual harassment” be substituted with “Mr Gogoi.” On Friday, the Trinamool MP added another to the list, saying ‘eyewash’ was unparliamentary and should be substituted with ‘Amritkaal.’

A 50-page compendium of phrases deemed inappropriate for use in Parliament was distributed to MPs before of the Monsoon session, which is set to begin on July 18. The words in the list included jumlajeevi, baal buddhi, covid spreader, snoopgate, anarchist, ashamed, abused, betrayed, corrupt, drama, hypocrisy, incompetent, shakuni, dictatorial, taanashah, jaichand, vinash purush, khalistani, khoon se kheti, dohra charitra, behri sarkar, dhindora peetna, kala din, ahankaar, ghadiyali ansu etc.

Following the uproar caused by the list, the government stated that it is simply a compilation of terms that have already been removed by presiding officers of Parliament and state legislatures. According to sources, 62 new terms were added to the list in the last year, with some of these perhaps being unreviewed. According to government sources, the word “abused” was regarded unparliamentary in Australia’s House of Representatives, while “childishness” was frowned upon in Quebec’s National Assembly.

Following the clarification, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh stated that it meant little. “In all debates, the media appears to have disregarded the fact that they are unable to report on these comments in their dispatches. Additionally, print media will have to reconsider using these words in their articles,” he tweeted about it.

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