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Making of the Indian Parliament

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/9780198067726.003.0002
Making of the Indian Parliament

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The choice of a parliamentary form of government around which Indian democracy came to thrive is the outcome of a complex process of intellectual churning. Parliamentary institutions were not an evolutionary complex in India and the reasons that leaders advanced for their choice of such institutions was not an attachment to colonial legacies either. Elections are the principal mechanisms of sustaining and regenerating these institutions. What prompted India to opt for parliamentary democracy in spite of it being closely tied up with the colonial regime? How did the mode of election in a deeply diverse and inegalitarian polity affect the institution of parliamentary government over time? These are some of the issues that are examined in detail in this chapter. This chapter also highlights the nexus between the electoral processes in India and the Parliament on the one hand, and political parties and the Parliament on the other.

Keywords: parliamentary democracy after 1950; parliamentary institutions; elections; constituencies; political parties; parliamentary government; Constituent Assembly Debates

Chapter.  19080 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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