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Chapter 61: The Perils of Plurality in India
The Perils of Plurality in India
The operation of the plurality or the ‘first-past-the-post’ rule in Indian elections that allows parties with less than a majority to win the election is examined here. It is argued that in a society where divisions of caste and religion have simmered for millennia, the ‘first-past-the-post’ rule can be a force for increasing divisiveness. An alternate rule is proposed.111
[Page 266]The act of voting is the single most defining feature of a democracy. India can justly count the elections held every five years in the world's largest electorate as one of its finest achievements. If predictions about the imminent demise of our unwieldy nation have been shown to be false, it is in no ...