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

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India’s Cities without Ownership

The 74th Constitution Amendment Act envisaged urban local bodies as “institutions of self-government” with empowered mayors; however, this is scarcely followed. The lack of a single point of authority with clear ownership is derailing our cities as this institutional arrangement does not allow for a single point of accountability. The challenges around creating empowered and legitimate city leaders in India are examined and a way forward is charted out.

NOTA and the Indian Voter

This article looks at the use of the “none of the above” option in elections in India from 2013 to 2016 using data from the Election Commission of India to reveal certain patterns of NOTA votes. These patterns signal that Indian voters seem to use NOTA not just to show their disapproval of the candidates in the fray but to express their disenchantment with the existing political system.
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