ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Delimitation, Democracy, and End of Constitutional Freeze

A thorough delimitation would have a significant impact on the balance of power in the Lok Sabha, shifting the weight of representation from the south to the north. There are two arguments for resisting this change: That it discriminates against states that have successfully carried out family planning programmes, and that it disrupts the federal balance of the country. The first argument is spurious, elevating one aspect of state policy above basic democratic principles. The second argument fits somewhat uneasily with the conception of the Lok Sabha as a 'house of the people'.

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