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India's Parliamentary Democracy on Trial

Madhav Godbole (Author)
Synopsis India is the world’s most vibrant and stable democracy. This is largely because of Nehru’s vision and firm commitment to parliamentary democracy and his carefully nurturing of it in the formative years. But there is a widespread disenchantment in the country today about parliamentary democracy. Nehru had described the parliament as the highest temple of democracy and the grand inquest of the nation. However, over the years it has been marginalized, devalued and made dysfunctional beyond recognition. The downhill journey began during the Indira Gandhi regime and has continued since then. India’s Parliamentary Democracy on Trial analyses these disturbing developments. It takes a close look at the experiences of Western democracies on issues relevant to India. The book provides comprehensive analysis of critical issues and concerns, and suggests well-considered and sound reforms with a view to improving the functioning and time management of parliament and its public image, credibility and relevance. The author argues that this will not be possible unless a stake is created for all political parties in orderly functioning of Parliament. This perceptive, analytical and penetrating book is a must read for parliamentarians, politicians, academics, researchers, media persons, opinion-makers, bureaucrats and civil society
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About the author

Madhav Godbole

Madhav Godbole (b. 1936), MA in Development Economics (Williams College, Mass., USA) and MA and PhD in Economics (University of Bombay) joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1959. His earlier assignments included secretary, Petroleum and Natural Gas; and secretary, Urban Development in Government of India; and principal finance secretary and chairman, Maharashtra State Electricity Board in the Government of Maharashtra. He has also served a five year stint (1980-85) in the Asian Development Bank, Philippines.

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Bibliographic information

Title India's Parliamentary Democracy on Trial
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.04.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 9788129118042
length xi+419p., 24cm.