The Union Parliament is the jewel of the crown of the Indian democracy. It is this prestigious instrument that guarantees the efficient functioning of two of the three organs of the government- the legislature, and executive.
Our school attended the 2013 Monsoon Session of the Parliament in the Lok Sabha on 7th August 12, 2013. Around a hundred people were a part of this prestigious trip. This initiative was taken by the Political Department of our school. There were five teachers- Ma’am Divya Dwivedi, Ma’am Anita John, Ma’am Smita Goyal, Ma’am Geetinder Dua, and Ma’am Neeta Kumar who accompanied the students for the trip.
As the Union Parliament is the apex legislative body in our country, there is high security and there are certain rules and regulation to be followed in its premises. All the girls and the teachers were frisked properly by the security personnel’s before entering the parliament. We attended the Question Hour- a period when Qs are entertained by the Speaker before the session begins. There were eminent politicians from our country seated for the session. A few among them were- Dr. Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor, Sushma Swaraj, L.K Advani, Laloo Prasad Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Jaswant Singh. At the start of the session, Meira Kumar, the speaker of Lok Sabha addressed everyone and made various announcements. This was followed by a question from Sushma Swaraj dealing with the defense of our country. But before her question could be answered, there was turbulence and chaos in the Lok Sabha by various members of Parliament demanding united Andhra Pradesh. Due to lack of decorum in the house, it was adjourned. We even had a brief interaction with Sachin Pilot, and Jaswant Singh.
We also visited the Parliament Museum where we saw a presentation on “Heritage of Indian Democracy”. Later, everyone had an interactive session with the Speaker of Lok Sabha, Shrimati Meira Kumar. We asked her a lot of questions regarding the qualities required to be at such an honorable post and her views on participation of youth in politics of our country. We even interacted with Mr. Kalikesh Singh Deo, one of the youngest parliamentarians of the country.
We then visited the Office and Residence of the President of our country, the Rashtrapati Bhawan. We were taken on an informative tour around where we saw the Marble Museum. It consisted of the paintings and statues of the Viceroys of India. We were even shown the Kitchen Museum that consisted of the Banquet Hall, the Asoka Hall and the Durbar Hall where the swearing-in-ceremony and various honorary awards ceremonies are held. We were even privileged to see a certain section of the Moghul Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
All in all, this trip was a very enriching and informative experience for everyone who attended it. We would like to thank Mr. K.P. Singh Deo for arranging the trip for us. The Political Science Society acknowledges Ma’am Kanchan Khandke, Principal, Ma’am Divya Dwivedi, Vice-Principal, Ma’am Anita John, Political Science Teacher and MUN Coordinator and all other teacher escorts for giving us this opportunity and their unending help and support. We hope that in the years to come, the department continues to grow and reaches its goal in making the students politically aware so that they strive to take the coming generations forward into an evergreen future.