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The Indian ParliamentA Democracy at Work$
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B. L. Shankar and Valerian Rodrigues

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198067726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198067726.001.0001

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Making of the Indian Parliament

Making of the Indian Parliament

(p.27) 1 Making of the Indian Parliament
The Indian Parliament

B.L. Shankar

Valerian Rodrigues

Oxford University Press

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

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