Let us tolerate and encourage debate and dissentIt is ridiculous for the Government of India to give the Covid excuse for doing away with the question hour. The Government is clearly trying to just avoid any discussion on any subject and shows scant respect for the Opposition.
This can be seen in various places. Historically, women have been taught to merely obey whatever their husbands tell or do or ask them to do -- without any question. Even if the huband does the most stupid things, the wife has to merely "adjust" to the new realities. Is this the halmark of an advanced and new society? Not encouraging dissent starts from the family.
It extends to organizations where selfish bosses do whatever they can to suppress dissent. They just do not have the patience to listen and are not prepared to accept any new point of view or dissent from any subordinate. This is more often true of Government departments and even Public Sector companies. The problem is acute in many family managed companies in the private sector as well.
As a society, we need a way out of this problem. We cannot and should not be convservative. We need to be broad-minded and should allow debate and discussion on a much larger scale.