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Introduction

B.L. Shankar and Valerian Rodrigues

in The Indian Parliament

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780198067726
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080434 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198067726.003.0001
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In the 1970s, a debate emerged in India regarding the relative supremacy of the Parliament vis-à-vis the judiciary. Given the hold of the executive over the Parliament, this debate was effectively about the relative supremacy of the executive vis-à-vis the judiciary. This book first explores the crafting of the Indian Parliament as an idea and as an institution over time. It then examines the transformation of the social composition of Parliament over the years with focus on the 1950s, 1970s, and 1990s, and traces the shift that has taken place in the Parliament from 1950 to the present with regard to the idea of representation. The book also discusses the shift in language that occurred over the years as the mode of expression in the House, national identity and plural identities, the Lok Sabha in comparison with the Rajya Sabha, and in-House reproduction of the Lok Sabha.

Keywords: India; Parliament and its critics; judiciary; social composition; Lok Sabha; Rajya Sabha; language; national identity; plural identities

Chapter.  12435 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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