Governance and Polity-Representation of People's Act [IAS (Admin.) IAS Mains GS Paper 2 (Governance, Polity, Social Justice, & IR)]: Questions 6 - 8 of 8

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Question 6

Representation of People's Act
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In recent years a series of Supreme Court verdicts have at aimed preserving the purity of the electoral process. Analyse these verdicts. (250 Words)

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Recently Supreme court gave a judgement which is one more in a long line of significant verdicts aimed at preserving the purity of the electoral process.

SC Judgements Preserving the Purity of Electoral Process and Their Significance:

Latest Judgement:

  • The Supreme Court has imposed an additional disclosure norm for candidates contesting ele…

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Question 7

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The 255th Law Commission Report on Electoral Reforms observed that opacity in political funding results in “lobbying and capture” of the government by big donors. Do you think electoral bonds would help address flow of black money into political parties? What are the other alternatives available? Critically comment. (250 Words)

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  • According to the NGO, Association of Democratic Reforms, 69 % of the income of political parties is from unknown sources. But even the 31 % from known sources pertains only to the income that the parties declare to the Income Tax (IT) department.
  • The 255th Law Commission Report on Electoral Reforms observed that opacity in political fun…

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Question 8

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There is a widely held belief that voters in India, especially the poor, sell their votes in exchange for cash, liquor, saris, and many other such goodies. Do you agree with this belief? Substantiate. (250 Words)

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  • Elections in India are a hugely expensive affair. Large amounts of money are collected by political parties and spent during the elections. Though there is a prescribed ceiling for the candidates election expenditure, there is no limit on the expenditure political parties can incur. A large component of this money originates from dubio…

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