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In-House Reproduction of the Lok Sabha

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/9780198067726.003.0009
In-House Reproduction of the Lok Sabha

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This chapter looks at the in-house reproduction of the Lok Sabha in India and discusses the institutions of the speaker, opposition, and parliamentary committees. It argues that the opposition has been enormously strengthened in the 1990s while the Lok Sabha as an institution has also succeeded in domesticating the rebel and the recalcitrant by binding them into the regulatory structures of its functioning. The institution of the speaker in India needs to rediscover itself and come out of the trappings of the ruling dispensation. One of the ways by which the Parliament has built its embankments in recent years has been through the departmentally related committees. While the Lok Sabha may not sit today for as many hours as in certain earlier phases, the committees have shown the promise of pursing much work which the House as a whole undertook in earlier years.

Keywords: Lok Sabha; corruption; speaker; opposition; parliamentary committees; Anti-Defection Law; House

Chapter.  17434 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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