LS secretariat bans words like ‘baal buddhi’, ‘Shakuni’ ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament 

A pamphlet that lists many terms that are now prohibited from use in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha was recently published by the Lok Sabha secretariat.

The list includes terms like ‘Jumlajeevi’, ‘baal buddhi’, ‘Covid spreader’ and ‘Snoopgate’, and even everyday expressions like ‘ashamed’, ‘abused, ‘betrayed’, ‘corrupt’, ‘drama’, ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘incompetent’. According to the brochure, terms like ‘anarchist’, ‘Shakuni’, ‘dictatorial’, ‘taanashah’, ‘taanashahi’, ‘Jaichand’, ‘vinash purush’, ‘Khalistani’ and ‘khoon se kheti’ would also be banned if they were used in both chambers during debates or otherwise.

The booklet, which is released in advance of the Monsoon session, which starts on Monday and ends on August 18, also includes a list of words that are prohibited, including ‘bloodshed’, ‘bloody’, ‘betrayed’, ‘ashamed’, ‘abused’, ‘cheated, ‘chamcha’, ‘chamchagiri’, ‘chelas’, ‘childishness’, ‘corrupt’, ‘coward’, ‘criminal’ and ‘crocodile tears’.

The use of words like ‘disgrace’, ‘donkey’, ‘drama’, ‘eyewash’, ‘fudge’, ‘hooliganism’, ‘hypocrisy’, ‘incompetent’, ‘mislead’, ‘lie’ and ‘untrue’ is also no longer permitted in Parliament.

Added to the list are the terms ‘gaddar’, ‘girgit’, ‘goons’, ‘ghadiyali ansu’, ‘apmaan’, ‘asatya’, ‘ahankaar’, ‘corrupt’, ‘kala din’, ‘kala bazaari’ and ‘khareed farokht’

The pamphlet includes phrases that have occasionally been ruled unparliamentary by the chair in various legislative bodies across the nation as well as in Commonwealth Parliaments. They combine items from the Parliament’s blacklists from 2021 and 2020.

The list states that some of the keywords could not be considered impermissible if they are read in conjunction with other terms used during legislative sessions.