What do Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi, Shah Rukh Khan and Hitler have in common? All are famous names, no doubt, but curiously enough these are also names which the parliament chose to either expunge or not record in its proceedings for a variety of reasons when they were uttered on the floor of the Lok Sabha in the last one year.
In the 16th Lok Sabha, as many as 206 words and expressions have been expunged or not recorded for either being “derogatory”, “allegatory”, “unparliamentary”, “not in good taste” or a “reference to a stranger”.
The list is interesting. While Hitler, used by RJD MP Rajesh Ranjan, was expunged for being “derogatory”, Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia’s reference to Mother Teresa and National People’s Party MP P A Sangma’s mention of Shah Rukh Khan were found to be “reference to a stranger” and not recorded in the House proceedings.
Similarly, SAD MP Prem Singh Chandumajra’s reference to Indira Gandhi was considered “allegatory remarks against a former Prime Minister” and hence expunged.
It’s not just names. There are many words and expressions which the Lok Sabha decided to expunge from its proceedings because it considered them unparliamentary.
Some of these are: “najayaz aulad”, “dhokha” and “dhokhebaaz pradhan mantri” used by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu; “nange” and “dalaal” by Rajesh Ranjan; “jhooth aur fareb dekhein” by Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, “jhootha” by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, “chor” by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi; “tai tai phiss”, “jokeron” and “chamchon” by CPM’s Mohammad Salim; “jhooth” by BJP MP Satyapal Singh, “loot ki chhoot” by BJP’s Yogi Adityanath, “hera pheri” by BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri, “illiterate” by BJD’s Pinaki Misra; “gali-sadi” by BJP’s Rattan Lal Kataria; “besharam” by both MoS, Parliamentary Affairs, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Mohammad Salim.
While many of the expunged words already find mention in the book of unparliamentary expressions, some new ones have been added to the list since the new Lok Sabha was constituted last year.
Among these are: “koyla chor”, used by BJP MP Rattan Lal Kataria; “loktantra ka gala ghontna padega” and “khamosh raho, aapka munh band kiya jayega” by Mohammad Salim; and “main chor nahin hoon, daaku nahin hoon” by BJP MP Bishnu Pada Ray.
Many of the words were expunged for not being in “good taste”. Like Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy’s “can I not call a thief a thief” remark; the word “jija” used by BJP’s Dileep Singh Bhuria; BJP MP Anurag Thakur’s “ulta chor kotwal ko daante” and “chor chor mausere bhai” comments; Bidhuri’s “kaale angrez aa gaye they Congress ke roop mein” jibe; CPI member C N Jayadevan’s remarks that “it is like cats doing their sexual intercourse” and “that cats are angry but they are doing sexual intercourse”; and Mallikarjun Kharge’s “kal ko mera gala ghont diya toh poora hi khatm ho jaunga” remark.
Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu’s use of the word “RSS” was expunged for being an “insinuatory remarks against an organisation”. Use of the word “Saamana” by Congress MP Rajiv Satav and BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri was not recorded since it was a “reference to a newspaper”. Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee’s “bhaag Mamata bhaag” was not recorded since it was a remark “against a Chief Minister”.
The Chair also expunged remarks that were a “reflection on the Chair”. These included Saugata Roy’s “please do not behave like a headmistress” and BJP’s Virendra Singh’s remark, “Jab aap wahan hote hain toh aapki tasveer doosri hoti hai. Aap baat karen nahin dete hain”.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had recently directed Lok Sabha Secretary General to take a re-look at entries that have made it to the book of unparliamentary expressions over the last many decades. Parliament officials acknowledged that a review was in order since the meaning of many words and expressions had changed with time.