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Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha WHILE wading through the back numbers of EPW, my eyes got stuck at the note in the issue of January 22 last by a correspondent on the country's electoral law, 'Straining Credulity', and which you have accorded the prerogative of carrying on the editorial pages (pp 144-45). The writer of the note is obviously either unaware or contemptuous of the original purpose underlying the establishment of the Rajya Sabha. While the Lok Sabha (the House of the People) was supposed to concern itself with national issues, the Rajya Sabha (the Council of States) was intended to concentrate on specific issues pertaining to the constituent States of the Union of India. Those hating the very concept of a federal structure for the country, and whose objective is to render the polity into an increasingly centralised, increasingly authoritarian entity, have tried to subvert with great diligence the legal provision that members representing a particular State in the. Rajya Sabha should be ordinarily resident in that State. I am sorry that the EPW has seemingly decided to join this crowd.

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