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National Resurgence Through Electoral Reforms

Subhash C. Kashyap (Editor)
Synopsis During recent years, serious flaws have appeared in electoral laws and processes. There is practically no law governing political parties and ensuring maintenance of proper accounts, inner party democracy etc. The anti-defection law has been a dismal failure. The fearfully high costs of elections and the role of 3 M.Ps money power, muscle power and mafia power and of 4 Cs communalism, casteism, criminalization, and corruption have polluted the functioning of our political parties and electoral processes. There are malpractices like rigging, booth capturing, manipulating electoral rolls, impersonation and bogus voting. With nearly 70 per cent of all legislators elected by a minority of votes cast, their representational legitimacy becomes doubtful. Of all the reforms needed for a resurgent India, electoral reforms are the most imperative. While these have been talked about for 50 years, with the latest Supreme Court verdict and the Election Commission order making it necessary for candidates to give information about educational qualifications, assets and liabilities and criminal background, there is emergence of renewed interest in the subject. The proposals that emerge from the present study are positive and concrete. All the relevant issues have been most competently handled by some of the most outstanding scholars, professors, jurists, public-men and concerned citizens. The problems have been identified, pertinent questions raised, different reform options analysed and the most feasible agenda for action suggested with a view to bringing about the most needed national resurgence through electoral reforms.
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About the author

Subhash C. Kashyap

Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap is a well-known scholar in the field of constitutional law and political and parliamentary affairs. Former Secretary-General of Lok Sabha, currently he is an Honorary Research Professor at the Centre for Policy Research and is working on a project on Political Reforms. He was a member of the National Commission to Review the working of the Constitution, Chairman of its Drafting and Editorial Committee and also the member-in-charge of Political Party and Electoral Reform matters. Dr. Kashyap has over sixty original works to his credit including the six-volume History of the Parliament of India and the two volume treatise on Parliamentary Procedure, Law, Privileges, Practice and Precedents besides a large number of edited volumes and over 350 papers and articles published in India and abroad. Number of his works have been translated into several other languages.

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Title National Resurgence Through Electoral Reforms
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 817541118X
length x+298p., Annexres; Index; 23 cm.