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The Indian Parliament and Democratic Transformation

1st Edition

Edited by Ajay K. Mehra

Routledge India

368 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book traces the trajectory of the Indian Parliament from its formation to present day. The essays presented here explore parliamentary democracy through the formative years and highlight the Parliament’s function as a representative and accountable institution, its procedures and responsibility, its connection with the other arms of the state, its relationship with grassroots democracy and the press, and its critical role in framing foreign policy and national security.

The volume frames major debates surrounding the Parliament through historical, conceptual and contemporary political perspectives. It also looks at how politics in practice is being continuously changed and challenged by new social media and further views the transformation of India’s apex legislative institution in terms of democratizing processes, constitutional values and changing mores.

The book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of Indian politics, history, comparative politics, political science and modern India.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables


Foreword by Karan Singh


List of Abbreviations


[Ajay K. Mehra]

Part I Institutional Perspective

1. Parliament: The Formative Years, 1952–72

[B. G. Verghese]

2. Indian Parliament: Changing Institutional Moorings

[A. Surya Prakash]

3. Why is the Indian Parliament in a State of Decline?

[Ashutosh Kumar]

Part II Issues in Representation

4. The Indian Parliament and its Mode of Political Representation

[Asha Sarangi]

5. Parliament as a Representative Institution: An Assessment

[Ajay K. Mehra]

6. The Nature of Democratization of the Parliament: A Study of Membership Profile of Lok Sabha

[M. Manisha]

Part III Making the System Accountable

7. Parliamentary Accountability in India: Contestations and Performance

[Ajay Kumar Singh]

8. Parliament and Accountability: Enforcing Responsibility

[Rekha Saxena]

9. Opposition and Parliamentary Accountability: Who Sets the Agenda?

[Sandeep Shastri]

10. An Analysis of Disruptions in Parliament

[Ronojoy Sen]

11. Parliamentary Control of Delegated Legislation: The Hazards of Erroneous Delegation

[Jaivir Singh and Raghab Dash]

12. ‘Responsibility’ and ‘Accountability’: Confidence and No Confidence Motions in the Indian Parliament

[Vikas Tripathi]

Part IV Parliament & Other Institutions

13. From Panchayats to Parliament: Exploring Interfaces

[Kripa Ananthpur]

14. The First and the Fourth Estates in India

[Uttam Sengupta]

Part V Miscellaneous Perspective

15. Parliamentary Staffing: Expertise and Coordination

[Raghab Dash]

16. Parliament in India’s Foreign and Security Policy: From a Conscience Keeper to an Active Arbiter

[Rahul Tripathi]

17. Parliament as a Spectacle: Politics by Other Means

[Smita Gupta]


About the Editor

Ajay K. Mehra is a political scientist affiliated with the University of Delhi and coordinates the activities of the Centre for Public Affairs, a network institution of public intellectuals.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies