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Vol no. 18 Issue No. 118

Expert Panel

B Meenakumari

Former Chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai.

Ajit Tyagi

Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Former DG, India Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi

Rasik Ravindra

Geologist and Secretary General, 36 IGC, New Delhi.

Saraswati Raju

Former Professor, CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Prithvish Nag

Former Vice Chancellor, MG Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi

B Sengupta

Former Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi.

Sachidanand Sinha

Professor, CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Dripto Mukhopadhaya

Chief Executive, ACRA, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

Inside this issue


Should the State fund Elections in India?

By: Niranjan Sahoo

While public funding of elections would cost the exchequer a bomb, public interest demands that the state earmarks subsidies to clean up its democratic polity.


Spatial Patterns and Voter Turnout

By: Sulagna Chattopadhyay

The strongest feature of Indian democracy is the high rate of participation of citizens in elections. Voter turnout, political awareness and participation of women in elections are constantly changing and are affected by various factors like literacy, economic development and influence of the media.

Increasing Women Voter Turnout in Indian Elections

By: Sanjay Kumar

Since the first General Elections were conducted in 1952, the participation of women in voting has gradually increased. Various factors, including, but not limited to literacy rate, exposure to media and voter awareness campaigns have played a role in this.

Newspaper and Voting Behaviour: A Perspective on Kolkata

By: Saikat Banerjee and Bibek Ray Chaudhuri

Analysis of voter choice is essential for influencing and predicting voting behaviour. This paper studies the newspaper reading habit of voters and the manner in which it engages the voters and influences the outcomes.


Revisiting India’s Electoral Systems

By: Staff Reporter

While debates around the relative advantage and disadvantage of electoral systems have usually centred on First-Past-The-Post and Proportional Representation Systems, both these need to be revisited in the context of India.

Electronic Voting Machines-Reforming the Elections

By: Staff Reporter

Electronic voting machines have transformed the system of voting world over. The machines have undergone multiple changes since its inception and even today continue to evolve. In India, EVMs have ensured free and fair elections which are essential to maintain the democratic culture of the country.

Citizenship and Representative Claims: Implications for 2019

By: Ashutosh Kumar

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.


O P Rawat | India’s electoral integrity suffers in the areas of campaign finance and media coverage

By: Staff Reporter

O P Rawat, Chief Election Commissioner of India, speaks with G’nY on the feasibility of simultaneous elections, state funded elections and the shortcomings of our electoral system.

In brief

Salient recommendations on simultaneous elections

Law Commission of India Simultaneous elections may be conducted by amendments to the Constitution, the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and the Rules of Procedure of Lok Sabha and those of the state legislative assemblies. The definition of ‘simultaneous elections’ may be added to the

Editor's Note

Free will has been subject to coercion and manipulation. Whether it is submission to the Lord, the ruler or even elders in the family, human conduct has been based on the sublime quality of being a devout ‘follower’. For example, we believe today that the conduct of elections, not necessarily th

Guest Editor's Note

India is the largest democracy in the world. Over 550 million voters participated in the 2014 general elections (Election Commission of India Report 2014)—equal to the population of the USA, Russia, the UK and Canada put together. This displays the enormity of India’s polling process. On the fac