Month: December 2013
There’s been a lot of talk of political change and political empowerment in the state elections of the past few months. While some have claimed that this is the anti-incumbency wave, others have claimed it as a sign of success of the Indian democratic experiment. But what are we really voting for? State assemblies in India are amongst the least effective institutions with precious little, apart from political grandstanding, taking place within its hallowed halls. In today’s post, I look at number of working days for various state assemblies to argue that legislatures contribute little to the project of good governance. This points to decreasing legislative quality and increasing executive power.