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The Great March of Democracy

The Great March of Democracy

Seven Decades of India's Elections

S.Y. Quraishi
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As India gears for its seventeenth Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the Election Commission of India, guardian of the world’s grandest electoral experiment, marks the beginning of its seventieth year. This book celebrates seven decades of India’s vibrant democracy and the Election Commission’s excellence and rigour, with a remarkable collection of essays written by those who have studied India’s unique experiment in electoral democracy, as well as analysts, politicians, social workers, activists, businesspersons and public servants.
The essays in this book cover a range of subjects, from the evolution of the Election Commission, the exciting story of the first electoral roll, election laws, the deepening of democratic institutions over the decades to the participation revolution ushered in by the Election Commission’s untiring and targeted efforts at voter education. Contemporary issues, such as the corrupting influence of money and the creeping criminalization in politics, have been addressed, as have been the electoral reforms proposed by experts on these subjects. There is a peek into how India’s experience with elections has inspired its neighbours Nepal and Bhutan and impacted observers who have had a chance to witness, first-hand, the mammoth exercise held in the largest democracy on the planet.
The diversity of perspectives from keen observers of India’s democracy makes this volume an enthralling read.

Imprint: Penguin Viking

Published: Jan/2019

ISBN: 9780670092284

Length : 320 Pages

MRP : ₹699.00

The Great March of Democracy

Seven Decades of India's Elections

S.Y. Quraishi

As India gears for its seventeenth Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the Election Commission of India, guardian of the world’s grandest electoral experiment, marks the beginning of its seventieth year. This book celebrates seven decades of India’s vibrant democracy and the Election Commission’s excellence and rigour, with a remarkable collection of essays written by those who have studied India’s unique experiment in electoral democracy, as well as analysts, politicians, social workers, activists, businesspersons and public servants.
The essays in this book cover a range of subjects, from the evolution of the Election Commission, the exciting story of the first electoral roll, election laws, the deepening of democratic institutions over the decades to the participation revolution ushered in by the Election Commission’s untiring and targeted efforts at voter education. Contemporary issues, such as the corrupting influence of money and the creeping criminalization in politics, have been addressed, as have been the electoral reforms proposed by experts on these subjects. There is a peek into how India’s experience with elections has inspired its neighbours Nepal and Bhutan and impacted observers who have had a chance to witness, first-hand, the mammoth exercise held in the largest democracy on the planet.
The diversity of perspectives from keen observers of India’s democracy makes this volume an enthralling read.

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S.Y. Quraishi

S.Y. Quraishi is a former chief election commissioner (CEC) of India. He served from July 2010 to June 2012. An IAS officer of the 1971 batch from Haryana cadre, he has also served as secretary in Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. He is author of An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election and Old Delhi: Living Traditions.