An Indian Lawmaker’s Facebook Live Video Sparked Outrage In Parliament

Cierra Bailey
An Indian politician’s attempt at transparency backfired as he was accused of jeopardizing Parliament’s security by going live on Facebook during proceedings.

Bhagwant Mann

An Indian politician found himself in hot water after he filmed a Facebook Live video while entering Parliament in New Delhi and allegedly revealing the buildings’ security measures in the process.

Bhagwant Mann — comedian turned Member of Parliament (MP) — apparently filmed the video in an effort to show people how Parliament’s proceedings work.

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Other MP’s, however, viewed his attempt at transparency as a security breach. The since deleted video began while he was driving to the building and crossing through the security check points. He also explained the way in which his vehicle is identified to get through them.

Once inside, he began explaining to viewers the process of the “zero hour” which includes a drawing that determines which MP gets to ask questions on a given day.

When another MP noticed he was recording and questioned him about it, Mann shamelessly admitted he was posting a live video, which is when all hell broke loose.

According to Mashable, the entire ordeal resulted in the Parliamentary proceedings being adjourned.

Parliamentary Affairs minister Sumitra Mahajan has reportedly asked for a report from Parliament security on the situation and requested an explanation.

Mann offered the minister an apology for the recording, vowing to “not repeat it in the future,” according to The Tribune India.

The Indian Parliament was a target of terrorism in 2001 and 13 people were killed, which offers some understanding as to why they are taking Mann’s actions so seriously.

Jeopardizing the security of the Parliament House could lead to future harm, especially as the entire world is on high alert due to international attacks at the hands of ISIS.

Despite his apology, Mann maintains that he didn’t do anything wrong by trying to share how Parliament functions.

“Is it wrong to show to public how their issues are raised in the Parliament? They have elected us and they have a right to know all this,” Mann said in his defense.

"Google Earth shows the approach to Parliament on its website. It’s a digital world. I don’t think I have done anything that threatens the security of the Parliament,” he added.

Parliament's security concerns are warranted, but the fact that Mann felt he needed to go to such lengths to educate the public speaks to another pressing issue to consider surrounding political transparency. 

Mann is correct in his view that voters have a right to know how decisions are being made on their behalf. 

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