The grilling of the Murdoch father and son duo by the British parliamentary committee on the phone hacking controversy, which was not only televised live, but had viewers in India riveted, has revived the much-needed, old debate on why parliamentary committee meetings in India should be held in camera.
The recent Lokpal Bill Drafting Committee had the same demand for live telecast of the meetings, and after seeing the British parliamentarians ask tough questions, the need for doing so, particularly in cases that are not covered by the usual national security concerns, only got highlighted today
Recent cases - be they cash for votes, the PAC on 2G Spectrum scam or, indeed, the JPC on the 2G case - only underline the pluses that easily seem to outweigh any concerns that some may have on non-partisan, reasoned and free debate losing out to grandstanding to the galleries and public-posturing.
Leave alone live-telecast, at this point, for instance in the Lokpal Drafting Committee, the government is not willing to release the audio recordings, or consider releasing full transcripts of the JPC.
Revisit the old debate and share your views: Should at least some of the parliamentary committee proceedings, like those on Cash for Vote or PAC/JPC on 2G Scam be telecast live?