India's Sick Democracy
India's parliamentary system is in a shambles, and may only get fixed when the country's small parties put enough pressure on the two dominant one.
THE SOURCE: “India’s Parliament as a Representative Institution” by Jessica S. Wallack, in India Review, April–June 2008.
The recent debate over the Indian-American nuclear cooperation agreement didn’t do a lot for the bottom-feeder image of the Indian parliament. Chanting, raging legislators heckled speakers and stormed the well, members of parliament who had been jailed for murder were let out to vote, and a hospitalized lawmaker was wheeled in on a gurney. Three members of the main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), interrupted a...