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Indian Government and Politics by Mohammed Aftab Alam, Ranjay Kumar, Hoveyda Abbas

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Representative Democracy and the Legislative System in India

CHAPTER OBJECTIVES

As the citizens of a representative democracy — the largest in the world — the people of India have the political right to choose their representatives in the government. The Constitution of India provides for a parliamentary system of government, which means that the highest lawmaking and constituent body in the government consists of the elected representatives of the people, and that the executive branch of the government is responsible to it.

In the traditional sense, the legislature is the institution that performs the task of law-making. In present-day parliamentary representative democracies, not only do legislatures make laws and policies for administration, ...

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