Parliament is the most sacred space for democratic debate in our country. But in the Fourteenth Lok Sabha the leader of the opposition, Lal Krishna Advani, made good use of his time to speak, and got his boisterous backbenchers to deny the prime minister his chance to reply, while he sat in stoic silence. For five years they disrupted Parliament. They treated this constitutional arena of democratic debate with contempt. And now they want a television debate? Wah!
No other prime minister of India has addressed as many press conferences around the country as Manmohan Singh. After Rajiv Gandhi, he was the first prime minister to address a national press conference in the mammoth Vigyan Bhavan auditorium, seated alone responding to over 500 journalists from all over the country and abroad. The media in every state capital from Mumbai to Bhubaneshwar and Panaji to Port Blair has had the opportunity to interact with this PM and ask him what they wished. And they say he is media-shy? Bah!