Not really a democracy

The assembly in one state, Haryana, met for just 12 days on average in 2011-2015, says M.R. Madhavan, the president of PRS Legislative Research, a privately funded watchdog in Delhi.

Haryana’s debates are so perfunctory that its legislators managed to pass 14 bills in just 90 minutes at one point this year.

Everyone is talking about demonetisation in India—except parliament, December 20, 2016 at 03:39PM

Haryana, my home state 😥

Information, Bias & Drawbacks

Everyone has a bias, because that’s the only way to survive in a world where we have insufficient information.

Seth’s Blog: We are all biased, December 21, 2016 at 11:09AM

When our bias keeps us from exploring options that will move us forward, it needs to be replaced.
When our bias cripples a society we care about,
when it gets in the way of fairness, it must be re-examined.

Anti-defection rule & parliament disruptions

“Party leaders love the anti-defection rule,” says Mr Madhavan, “but it means MPs have no choice but to follow orders—they represent neither their own conscience nor constituents.”

Mr Tharoor: “but there are many MPs who see their job as performers in a theatre, since the outcome of voting is anyway preordained.

Everyone is talking about demonetisation in India—except parliament, December 20, 2016 at 03:41PM

“I don’t know the first thing about this issue”

You know enough to know you don’t know everything.

You know enough to know that there might be a pitfall or a trap ahead, and that you need to tread carefully.

You know enough to reach out and ask for help.

That’s three things, things that others less thoughtful than you don’t know.

Seth’s Blog: “I don’t know the first thing about this issue”, December 20, 2016 at 12:07PM

So, give yourself some credit and begin.”