By Ashutosh Kumar, The author is a Professor, Department of Political Science, Punjab University, Chandigarh
Issue - The Election Special Issue
Date - 1st October 2018
India is among the few nations that have an unbroken history of conducting fair and regular elections. While the credit of a sustained electoral politics goes to the citizens of the country, the definition of a citizen has itself remained debatable and is likely to determine the course of 2019 General Elections.
Political democracy in India is being viewed and judged primarily in its minimalist/procedural form, encompassing nothing but a multiparty system, regularly held free and fair elections, high level of participation and contestation and peaceful and regular transfer of power on a periodic basis. India has been witness to 16 Lok Sabha elections and over 350 state assembly elections. What has brought the institution of elections still closer to the citizens in the last three decades is the introduction of local...