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Was it the ‘commemoration of civilizational renaissance’ or inauguration of the Parliament building?, asks Bir Devinder
Chandigarh, May 30, 2023: Bir Devinder Singh, former Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha expressed that the inauguration of the new building of Parliament in Delhi on May 28 by Prime Minister Narinder Modi, flagrantly invoking ‘Sengol’, the ceremony sounded more like ‘the commemoration of Civilizational renaissance’.
"One wonders how the installation of Sengol was relevant to the inauguration of the New Building of the Indian Parliament. It would have been more appropriate and above controversy, if a copy of the Indian Constitution would have been ceremoniously placed there in a splendid manner, in recognition of the successful conduct of the Parliamentary Democracy, under Constitutional supremacy, since Independence. Parliament building is meant for parliamentary debates or enacting new legislations for the Governance of India in the rightest manner, but it’s certainly not a place for ritualistic mavericks or the display of chauvinistic fantasies by the revered Seers of the ancient Maths, from Tamil Nadu," said Bir Devinder Singh
"Prime Minister Narinder Modi is to be blamed for unnecessarily orchestrating opera of rituals for his whims and fancies, over and above the dignity of the Constitution," he added.
The senior leader said that in the horrific contrast on this historic day, when an awkward attempt was being paradoxically made to revive civilizational rituals at the site of the new Building of the Parliament a few hundred yards away the Ancient civilizational values were being disgracefully trampled by the Delhi Police, by unleashing plethora of brutalities against the women wrestlers of India. Civilizational values cannot be reinvented or revived in their true spirit, without the Government of the day itself being ‘Civil’ to the core.
"The mythological elucidation of Sengol was depicted explaining that Sengol used to symbolize the ‘transfer of power’ during ancient times, but in the modern era of constitutional democracy, Sengol certainly has no significance or relevance in the Constitutional framework of India or defining the Parliamentary Democracy, ever since 26th January 1950 when Secular Democratic India got its constitution.
Where was the iconic Sengol for 75 years and why was this ritual consigned to oblivion for decades? And ironically enough; where was the occasion for the transfer of Power on the 28th of May 2023, when only the new building was being inaugurated? Who transferred power and to whom; remains a question of ridiculous myth. Why the superstitious display of rituals was carried out on the Historic day under who’s a specific order and who approved all these nonconformist eccentrics and why?
Does Mr. Modi treat the entire Indian population as one of his 'captive seminaries' where he could teach any damn farcicality which may be regressively retrograde, in utter disregard of the scientific research and much upgraded scientific knowledge and temperaments of the highly knowledgeable generations of India?" he asked
"Only the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India could ask the Government of India to explain the amazing oxymoron and absurdities embedded with ritualistic eccentricities displayed on the historic day, by none other than the Prime Minister of India, despicably taking the entire India for a ride.
Let the Religion and Ritual stay confined to the Temples and the Maths Let the Parliament function independently of the influence of religiosity, under the Secular constitution of India, and let the rules of the business, brilliantly articulated by constitutional experts for the lawful conduct of the Parliament, prevails in all matters of Practice and procedures of the Parliament," added Bir Devinder Sharma.