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Why Indian Political System is Corrupt?
Why Indian Political System is Corrupt

Someone had rightly said that ‘Honest Politician’ is now an oxymoron in India. The anti-corruption crusade that reached its crescendo of popularity is a direct result of public anger over persistent corruption in political system. India has already earned the reputation of a scam-ridden nation where it’s almost a non-issue to have politicians with criminal past and instances of illegal party funding are hardly probed into. Causes of Corruption in Indian Political System Nexus between the politicians and the industrialists has often been exposed in the past. Mass-scale corruption prevails during elections and cash-for-votes scandal is now […]Read more

Is There Any Political Equation to Win Elections?
Is There Any Political Equation to Win Elections

The dynamism of Indian politics can be gauged by the fact that new political equations emerge at the most unexpected hour. Whether a regional party decides to get cozy with its one-time rival or an opposition leader stages a walkout and hugs the ruling party, every action is decided by the equations of electoral politics. What are Political Equations? To cite a recent example, AAP’s debut in political arena actually changed the political equations in Delhi. This is true for both politicians as well as the electorates. Shedding the long-worn loyalty towards national political parties, people had […]Read more

Role of Opposition Party in Parliament
Role of Opposition Party in Parliament

It’s believed that Indian polity has been able to sustain its democratic nature because of the constant scrutinizing by  opposition parties. A party might not be able to form the government at the center because of the lack of majority, but that doesn’t take away the responsibility of acting as a watchdog of the ruling party. When it comes to questioning the government and preventing them from taking negative strides, parliament is the most suitable platform for the opposition to leverage. Expectations from Opposition Party in Parliament In a parliamentary style of government, the opposition party is […]Read more

Role of Regional Parties in Parliament

Role of Regional Parties in Parliament It has been long, since Indian politics started becoming more federal. One of the foremost reasons for this is the rise of regional parties. Looking at the way some states are faring, it won’t be an exaggeration to proclaim that regional parties have been able to address people’s concerns, which National parties couldn’t. Their overwhelming presence in elections and large share of seats in the parliament clearly hint at their growing significance. However, what role does a regional party play in the Parliament? Does it add any value to the Parliament […]Read more

Is Poverty in India Politically Motivated?

Flagging concern for the poor is one thing and working towards their upliftment is completely another. There’s a major chasm in India when it comes to preaching and practicing pro-poor agenda. Poverty has a direct impact on the economic and social indicators of a country, but unfortunately it hasn’t been able to receive consistent attention of the political parties.  A very recent example is the controversial benchmarking of poor by the UPA government. The Planning Commission might claim a drastic decline in the percentage of poverty, but the issue has kicked up several stormy debates among the […]Read more

Merits and Demerits of Alliances of Political Parties in India
Merits and Demerits of Alliances of Political Parties in India

India’s political journey is replete with the instances of political parties forming an alliance to run the country. Though they don’t always share a common ideology, it’s often the temptation of gaining power and meeting the political objectives that bring them together.   The trend of forming an alliance with other parties started during the 90s. What triggered this phenomenon is the gradual empowerment of the regional parties. Unlike in the past, the political discourse today is not restricted to Congress and BJP. While public support for these parties has ebbed, the regional parties have continued to […]Read more

Is politics a family business in India?
Is politics a family business in India

We have seen enough of a ugly scuffle, although verbal, among the political parties, as one accuses the other of turning their family into political fiefdom. While this accusation was limited to the Congress or the Gandhi family earlier, more parties have added themselves to the so-called coveted list. Present Political Scenario Regional political parties continue to rope in people on the basis of same caste, clan and even same family. Regardless of their ineptness to be true representatives of the people, the baton is handed over to them. Bihar is one example, where a feudal democracy […]Read more

Can Corruption be Removed from India?

Corruption is a persisting phenomenon and it has been a major impediment to India’s success story. With instances of scams and scandals surfacing at an alarming rate, it becomes even more obvious that the taxpayers’ money is being wasted. This is exactly what India can’t afford. When the country should be working towards transforming its status from a ‘developing’ to a ‘developed’ nation, its resources are being wasted and misused. Although, the recent ire is directed against the politicians and their kin, it has to be borne in mind that this anathema has spread its roots deep […]Read more

Role of Political Parties in India

Owing to the diverse geographical, social and cultural concerns, India has nurtured the growth of the multi-party system. Over a period of time, national and regional political parties became the vital constituents of the world’s largest democracy, India. Whether the proliferation of parties has helped the country’s cause, is a different debate altogether. However, it’s important to know what exactly these political parties stand for and what role do they play within the parliamentary democracy. Powers Vested in Political Parties in India Every political party has its own set of vision and ideologies , which are often […]Read more

Role of Public Accounts Committee in India
Role of Public Accounts Committee in India

The 2G spectrum scam is still fresh in our memories. It is only few days after the suspicion surfaced that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) came into prominence. The committee started getting quoted in political discourse while it was busy probing the scam. In fact, the coal blocks allocation issue also brought to the forefront the prominent role played by PAC. For the uninitiated, Parliament forms this committee each year for auditing government’s expenditure. It is also responsible for scrutinizing the accounts of autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies. Formation of the PAC This 22-member Committee comprises 15 members […]Read more