Issue: July 2014
  Electoral Reforms through the years
S Y Qureshi
  Elections in India over the years have gone from strength to strength largely through a series of electoral reforms. Yet, there are still some areas o...
  Electoral Reforms: A Peep in the Past and Look Ahead
Jagdeep Chhokar
  Leaving now our laurels alone, it becomes imperative to take stock of the present state of affairs which causes concern and anxiety because of the exi...
  Some Policy Issues in Indian Agriculture
S Mahendra Dev
  The performance of Agriculture in India is important as the sector not only contributes to overall growth of the economy but also provides employment ...
  Hyper Plurality of Candidates and Indian Electoral Reforms
Kaushik Bhattacharya
  Election for the sixteenth Lok Sabha in India has recently been completed and a new government has already sworn in. Regular conduction of such electi...
  The Electoral Participation of Women
Lakshmi Iyer
  The Women’s Reservation Bill, which seeks to reserve one-third of all seats in the Lok Sabha and the state legislatures for women, is yet to become la...
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People Deserve…  

It is a well-worn cliché that ‘People get the leaders they deserve’. It perhaps hides and distorts as much as it reveals the real processes at work in a democracy. After all the closely intermeshed network of agencies and institutions through which democracy is actualised may appear like an enigmatic labyrinth with too many closed doors. The electoral process, in a way, if we may paraphrase Foucault, ‘makes windows...

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Electoral Reforms through the years
S Y Qureshi

Elections in India over the years have gone from strength to strength largely through a series of electoral reforms. Yet, there are still some areas of concern that need to be addressed. Election law has undergone numerous amendments to meet the requirements of new challenges and changing situations. The path-breaking changes were the lowering of age for enrolment as elector from 21 to 18 in 1989, open ballot voting at elections to the Rajya Sabha and voting through proxy for voters belonging to armed forces and para-military forces in 2003. Provisions for enrolment of overseas Indian citizens in the electoral roll was made in the most recent amendment in 2011. Empowering the Commission to use electronic voting machines, conferring disciplinary jurisdiction on the Commission over the officers including police appointed for conduct of elections have strengthened the EC. Printed electoral rolls have now been substituted by computerised photo electoral rolls. The elector’s photo identity ...

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