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When Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi that he wanted to be informed if ministers skipped roster duty in Parliament, he sent an important message to his cabinet — and highlighted a critical failing of Indian democracy. With the political executive increasingly flexing its muscles in recent decades, the propensity for MPs to give short shrift to Parliament has been rising exponentially. The Indian electorate is treated to regular unedifying spectacles of MPs disrupting the House — in her sparkling maiden speech first-time MP Mahua Moitra .....

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