For the moment, Parliament is not heeded to, though it has not been replaced by experts at the expense of democracy. The decline of Parliament is for everyone to see. But does anyone care?
When he entered Parliament for the first time in 2014 as Prime Minister designate, Narendra Modi bowed his forehead to touch the steps, an act that sought to express deep respect for what he called the “temple of democracy”.
In contrast, Atal Bihari Vajpayee spoke 77 times in six years when he was Prime Minister and Manmohan Singh (who was called Maun Mohan Singh by Modi in 2012) spoke 48 times in Parliament during his 10 years in office.