Week 13
November 28, 2013

Women in all the Lok Sabhas

Starting from the very first Lok Sabha, the proportion of women in the house has been rather low, and in the late 70s, it plummeted to its lowest at 3.9%. It was only in the 13th Lok Sabha… [Read in English]
Week 12
November 7, 2013

Attendance of Lok Sabha members

All Lok Sabha members except Sitting Members and Cabinet Ministers are required to sign an attendance register for each day that the Lok Sabha is in session. Besides the fact that physical presence is… [Read in English]
Week 11
October 31, 2013

Presidents of India

The President is the formal head of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Government of India, and is the commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces. Barring a few… [Read in English | हिन्दी में पढ़ें]
Week 10
October 24, 2013

Parliamentary constituencies and the Lok Sabha

Each member of the Lok Sabha is the elected representative of one of the parliamentary constituencies of a state or a union territory. These constituencies are composed of multiple state assembly… [Read in English]
Week 9
October 10, 2013

How does a money bill become an act?

A money bill is a particular type of financial bill that, broadly, deals either with taxation, the financial obligations of the government, or the Consolidated Fund of India. The legislative process… [Read in English]
Week 8
October 3, 2013

Criminal records of the current Lok Sabha

The rules laid out in the Representation of the People Act of 1951 state that persons convicted of a criminal offence for 2 years or more shall lose their seat, and be disqualified from contesting… [Read in English | हिन्दी में पढ़ें]
Week 7
September 26, 2013

Ruling parties in State Legislatures

Each state in India has its own democratically elected Vidhan Sabha (or Legislative Assembly). The political party or coalition with a majority in the state elections controls the Vidhan Sabha. Similar… [Read in English]
Week 6
September 19, 2013

Election history of the current Lok Sabha members

The current Lok Sabha is the oldest since Independence, with an average age of 57.5 years. Despite this fact and contrary to what one might be inclined to believe, more than half of the… [Read in English]
Week 5
September 12, 2013

Ages of Lok Sabha members and the general population

Over the years, the average age of the Lok Sabha has gradually been increasing — from 46.5 years for the first Lok Sabha to 57.5 years for the current one. In comparison, the average age of Indians… [Read in English]
Week 4
September 5, 2013

Prime Ministers of India

The Prime Minister of India heads the executive branch of the Government of India, and is the leader of the majority party in the Parliament. In 1947, Jawahar Lal Nehru was appointed the first… [Read in English | हिन्दी में पढ़ें]
Week 3
August 29, 2013

Women in the current Lok Sabha

From the beginning, the proportion of women and men in the Lok Sabha has been skewed — the representation of women in the Lok Sabha has never really matched their ratio in the population of India… [Read in English | हिन्दी में पढ़ें]
Week 2
August 22, 2013

How does an ordinary bill become an act?

The primary role of the Parliament is to discuss, debate, and pass bills. Once passed, a bill becomes an Act of Parliament. An ordinary bill can be introduced in either house — Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha… [Read in English]
Week 1
August 15, 2013

Political parties and alliances in the current Lok Sabha

After the elections in 2009, no single political party won the 272 Lok Sabha seats required to form the government. As a result, the Indian National Congress led coalition, United Progressive Alliance (UPA)… [Read in English]