The Indian Parliament: A Democracy at Work

Paperback | January 15, 2015

byB. L. Shankar, Valerian Rodrigues

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This book assesses the evolution of the Indian Parliament as an institution. By focusing on the changing dynamics of the Lok Sabha, the book demonstrates the changes in the idea of the nation as it reached out to encompass pluralism and diversity. It interrogates the prevalent notion of thedecline of the Indian Parliament and argues that this institution cannot be understood in isolation. Rather, any such study needs to be organically linked to an analysis of the nature of Indian democracy. By exploring the extent to which both have continued to mutually shape each other, the bookdraws attention to the interface between politics and society.Addressing a major gap in scholarship on the Indian Parliament, the present volume eschews a conventional approach to institutional studies. It aligns the study of the institution with the examination of the historical, political, and cultural processes that are concurrent to it.

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This book assesses the evolution of the Indian Parliament as an institution. By focusing on the changing dynamics of the Lok Sabha, the book demonstrates the changes in the idea of the nation as it reached out to encompass pluralism and diversity. It interrogates the prevalent notion of thedecline of the Indian Parliament and argues th...

B.L. Shankar is a former Member of the Lok Sabha and Chairman of the Karnataka Legislative Council. Valerian Rodrigues is Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:428 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.07 inPublished:January 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199453365

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AcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Making of the Indian Parliament2. Changing Social Composition of the Lok Sabha3. Changing Conception of Representation: Issues, Concerns, and Institutions4. Changing Modes of Discourse: Shift from English to Regional Languages5. From National Identity to Plural Identities6. Parliament-Judiciary Relationship7. The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha8. In-House Reproduction of the Lok SabhaConclusionSelect BibliographyIndex