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Shaping Indian Polity

The Hunger of the Republic: Our Present in Retrospect edited by Ashish Rajadhyaksha, New Delhi: Tulika Booksand West Heavens, Shanghai, 2021; pp 405, `200.

Unveiling the New Republic

The New Republic: Populism, Power and the Trajectories of Indian Democracy edited by Shray Mehta and Ravi Kumar, New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2022; pp 192, `495.

Tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Public Action in Kerala’s Exemplarity

Kerala’s fight against the coronavirus disease 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic turned out to be a public action making it an exemplar to not only the rest of the states in India but also the world as a whole. Its public action-oriented containment of the pandemic has been the outcome of multiple factors specific to the state. Despite the grave challenges confronted by the state, its experience offers new opportunities for setting a new public culture. However, the emerging opportunities and their realisation in the post- COVID-19 phase depend on an effective and visionary leadership that can translate them for the potential development of the state.

Electoral Politics and the State of India’s Democracy

The 2019 Parliamentary Elections in India: Democracy at the Crossroads? edited by Subrata K Mitra, Rekha Saxena and Pampa Mukherjee, Routledge, 2022; pp XXX-354, `1,595 (hardback).

Simultaneous Elections in Plural Societies

The contentious proposal of “one nation, one election” is critically examined. The interwoven relationship between elections, social cleavages, federal balance, and the potential implications of simultaneous elections for democratic (in)stability in India is explored. In doing so, comparative literature on concurrent elections is studied to assuage its merits and demerits, and better understand the implications for a country like India.

Is There a Case for Political Reservation for OBCs in State Assemblies and Parliament?

A large section of the population consisting of Other Backward Classes and Muslims do not have adequate representation in state assemblies due to deep-rooted social, educational, and economic backwardness. The Supreme Court has upheld reservations for backward groups in government jobs. However, this logic was not extended to the question of their political reservation.

What Is New about Contemporary Indian Democracy?

The New Republic: Populism, Power and the Trajectories of Indian Democracy edited by Shray Mehta and Ravi Kumar, New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2022; pp 192, `495.

Indian Democracy and Simultaneous Elections

Electoral reforms ought to uphold the democratic values of federalism and an active citizenry.

50 Years of the ‘Basic Structure’

Forged by the judiciary while it tussled with the executive–legislature combined, the basic structure doctrine marks certain features of the Constitution as incapable of destruction. The criticism often levelled against it is that it allows the unelected to dominate sovereign will. This reasoning disregards that the Constitution is a closer expression of how the people want to be governed.

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