Lok Sabha Speaker On Row Over Unparliamentary Words: No Words Banned

Om Birla said no word had been “banned”.

New Delhi:

Amid a massive backlash over an updated list of words deemed unfit for parliament that included elemental terms like “corrupt” and “irresponsible”, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday said that no word had been “banned” in either house and the list was merely a compilation of expressions that had been scrubbed off records in the past.

“Earlier a book of such unparliamentary words used to be released… to avoid wastage of papers, we have put it on internet. No words have been banned, we have issued a compilation of the words that have been expunged,” Mr Birla said.

“Have they (Opposition) read this 1,100-page dictionary (comprising unparliamentary words)? If they had… would not have spread misconception… It’s been released in 1954, 1986, 1992, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2010… began releasing on a yearly basis since 2010,” he added.

‘Jumlajeevi’, ‘baal buddhi’, ‘Covid spreader’ and ‘Snoopgate’ joined everyday expressions like ‘ashamed’, ‘abused’, ‘betrayed’, ‘drama’, ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘incompetent’ in the list of “unparliamentary” words released by the Lok Sabha Secretariat on Wednesday.

The opposition strongly protested the move, saying it will impede their ability to critique the government.

The booklet, that was released ahead of the Monsoon Session of parliament beginning Monday, said words like ‘anarchist’, ‘Shakuni’, ‘dictatorial’, ‘taanashah’, ‘taanashahi’, ‘Jaichand’, ‘vinash purush’, ‘Khalistani’ and ‘khoon se kheti’ would also be expunged if used during debates or otherwise.

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‘Dohra charitra’, ‘nikamma’, ‘nautanki’, ‘dhindora peetna’ and ‘behri sarkar’ will also face the same treatment.

However, the Rajya Sabha Chairman and the Lok Sabha Speaker will have the last word in expunging words and expressions.

The Lok Sabha Secretariat’s list included a caveat that some words may not be deemed unparliamentary unless read in conjunction with the other expressions spoken during the parliamentary proceedings.

The booklet also said any aspersions made against the Chair in both the houses, in either English or Hindi, shall be considered unparliamentary and are expunged from the records of Parliament.

A quick look at some of the words listed as unparliamentary:

‘Bloodshed’, ‘bloody’, ‘betrayed’, ‘ashamed’, ‘abused’, ‘cheated, ‘chamcha’, ‘chamchagiri’, ‘chelas’, ‘childishness’, ‘corrupt’, ‘coward’, ‘criminal’ and ‘crocodile tears’, ‘disgrace’, ‘donkey’, ‘drama’, ‘eyewash’, ‘fudge’, ‘hooliganism’, ‘hypocrisy’, ‘incompetent’, ‘mislead’, ‘lie’, ‘untrue’, ‘anarchist’, ‘gaddar’, ‘girgit’, ‘goons’, ‘ghadiyali ansu’, ‘apmaan’, ‘asatya’, ‘ahankaar’, ‘corrupt’, ‘kala din’, ‘kala bazaari’, ‘khareed farokht’, ‘danga’, ‘dalal’, ‘daadagiri’, ‘dohra charitra’, ‘bechara’, ‘bobcut’, ‘lollypop’, ‘vishwasghat’, ‘samvedanheen’, ‘foolish’, ‘pitthu’, ‘behri sarkar’, and ‘sexual harassment’.

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