Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fwd: How representative is representative government?

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From: Xavier William <>
Date: Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 5:40 PM
Subject: How representative is representative government?

In the article from the Hindu I posted a couple of days ago, they pointed out that with a infinitesimal 3% increase in votes the Nitish-BJP alliance had a an increase of over 20-30% in their seats in the assembly.
According the same  Hindu report the Nitish Kumar - BJP alliance in Bihar got only 39% of the total votes and yet they have over 75% representation in the Bihar assembly. This is a travesty of democratic principles of proportional representation. However I suppose there is no remedy for the injustice. What is more, with our polity being more and more divided with small parties becoming determining factors in elections this is going to be more the rule than the exception. In addition, as  happened in Kerala before the recent Panchayat elections the ruling parties may redraw boundaries of existing geographic constituencies to get that minute edge in the numbers game that may make the difference between success and failure in an election.

Xavier William |

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