Soon after, the Rajya Sabha swiftly lapsed back into the now-established pattern of disruptions, followed by the cessation of business.

Some lessons

Sadly, since such unfortunate events robbed the visiting Bhutanese delegation of a fine opportunity to learn, Quartz would like to humbly submit five lessons in parliamentary democracy, as practiced by India’s outstanding lawmakers.

  1. Return the favour: The generosity of India’s parliamentarians is boundless. Therefore, the interests of the nation be damned, they are seemingly duty-bound to return the favours their opposition counterparts once bestowed upon them. So, if the hallmark of your term in government was that opposition-led disruption ground work to a halt, ensure that the next government, too, has such happy occasions. After all, we all know too much legislative work can be a distraction, especially when it involves key legations like the goods and services tax. The real job of nation-building surely happens elsewhere.
  2. Ban first, think later: That actual work of governance, however, does include banning things that have little impact on the quality of life of the majority of your citizens. After the outrage, mostly on the internet, follow up with an expeditious volte-face, preferably within 48 hours. Coming from a sensitive neighbouring nation such as Bhutan, perhaps you could begin by banning the incendiary All India Bakchod. After all, an accurate depiction of India and Indians may well be harmful to our friendly relations.
  3. Manage the media: Yes, the internet only arrived in Bhutan in 2000, not long after the ban on television was lifted in 1999, but it just can’t be helped. Unless you’re speaking to at least a dozen TV cameras, you’re not saying much, although having a few million Twitter followers can sometimes be a legitimate excuse. Alongside, perfect the science of leaking government documents and private letters. Also, master the art of poker-face denials; if in doubt, relentlessly digress. And if all else fails, attempt at muzzling the media. Otherwise, simply fund your own newspaper and/or TV channel. Online news isn’t fashionable yet.
  4. Protect the perks: Only you know the true pressure of being a parliamentarian, so it is up to you to protect every ridiculous perk that you may enjoy, whether in government or in opposition. Because Indian lawmakers help run the world’s biggest democracy, they also have the privilege of running it from the world’s biggest bungalows. Real estate is real status. And since surely you must have an enormous appetite, for progress and such things, insist on the nation’s most subsidised canteen. A hungry lawmaker is a walking scandal.
  5. A sense of humour: And lastly, as our members of parliament have so ably exhibited, never lose the ability to laugh at yourself. Little else will help you come to terms with an electorate often infuriated at your ineptitude.

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