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:

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The Indian judiciary may view itself as the custodian of the constitution and act as the balance between the contending levels and powers of a complex array of public institutions. Eventually the composition of the judiciary and sustenance of the conditions of its endurance are formulated and given concrete shape by the Parliament. The Lok Sabha is the epicentre of Parliament, and its public presence has grown enormously over the years. It was not easy for India to opt for parliamentary democracy as there was no precedence. Recent literature on Indian politics has highlighted the rise of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to prominence from the 1980s onwards. The tendency to assert pluralism or diversity cannot be seen as an attempt to promote a notion of nationalism distanced from individual rights or a post-modern tendency of de-centring of the nation or the consequence of the global turn of Indian polity.

Keywords: India; Parliament; judiciary; Lok Sabha; parliamentary democracy; politics; Other Backward Classes; pluralism; diversity; nationalism

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Subjects: Indian Politics

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