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New Delhi, August 5, 2013::Parliament house during the opening day of monsoon session in New Delhi on Monday, August 5, 2013. photo Rajeev Bhatt

Criminalisation of Politics

Nithya Nagarathinam

An analysis of candidate data compiled by the Association for Democratic Reform shows the degree to which criminalisation has entered Indian politics: 7 per cent of 5,380 candidates contesting the Lok Sabha election 2014 have declared criminal charges in their affidavits submitted to the Election Commission; 10 per cent have declared serious criminal charges such as murder and rape charges.With the 16th Lok Sabha election in progress, it becomes pertinent to reflect on these figures and their implications for the democratic processes in the country, says Nithya Nagarathinam.


Is There Intra-party Democracy in Indian Political Parties?

Ruchika Singh

To what extent do political parties in India practice intra-party democracy in their functioning? Ruchika Singh ​ ​analyses important aspects of the internal functioning of political parties — the process of choosing candidates, distributing tickets for contesting elections, and the process of holding internal elections for various posts.


Internal Procedures and Re-nomination in Indian Parties

Adnan Farooqui and E. Sridharan

In an analysis of the internal process of nominating candidates for the parliamentary elections to the Lok Sabha, ADNAN FAROOQUI and E. SRIDHARAN find that when the parties renominate either candidates or incumbents, they tend to renominate them overwhelmingly from the same constituency.