Barely a month in session and the Indian parliament has already witnessed its fair share of raucous scenes, name-calling and heckling between lawmakers. While running a country is a serious and intense job, our politicians don't miss an opportunity to indulge in some "friendly" banter and leg-pulling.
This went down during the budget session of Parliament.
When Sharad Yadav talked about the "the bodies and skin" of "south Indian" women:
Drawing ire from all sides, Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav's comments in the Parliament about the "skin" and "bodies" of "south Indian" women, were called "appalling", "racist" and "misogynistic".
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi ate a Rs 29 lunch at the Parliament canteen:
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made headlines when he chose to eat lunch at the Parliament canteen. According to a IBNLive report, the PM ordered a vegetarian thali with spinach vegetable, curry, salad and pulses. According to the report, the PM was accompanied by two MPs from Gujarat.
That awkward moment when everybody was talking about the colour of Rahul Gandhi's hair and eyes:
A few weeks ago, the Congress party alleged political espionage behind the visit by a Delhi police official to Rahul Gandhi’s office. There were even some serious debates revolving around the colour of Gandhi's hair and eyes. Finally, the government firmly informed everyone that the party was making a "mountain of what is not even a mole hill"; and the Delhi Police insisted that it was a routine activity which was done to keep the records of all "vulnerable personalities". End of story.
When Suresh Prabhu's Railway Budget had the entire Parliament tittering:
Presenting a railway budget can hardly be called a funny task, but new rail minister Suresh Prabhu kept the audience entertained with a speech peppered with poetry and pun.
That time when RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that Mother Teresa's service to the poor was aimed at converting them to Christianity: Although it is not rare to see members of the right-wing groups making controversial statements, this particular "theory" by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat came at an awkward time and caused quite a stir in parliament.
When Veteran MP Hukmdev Narayan had everyone rolling with laughter: In a speech that even had Modi guffawing, Narayan said "They say this government has done nothing in nine months. That, in nine months, a child can be born but this government did nothing. What an unscientific argument! Yes, it is a law of nature that a child is born in nine months. But can that child then have a baby of its own in another nine months? How illogical! This government itself was born nine months ago."