David and Goliath of Indian Democracy

Yes it is a fight over 543 seats to be at the helm of affairs of the largest democracy in world. All political parties in the fray are looking forward to achieve, not this, but half of this to be able to form the government. This would be the first hurdle, and then in a best possible scenario, to get 2/3rd majority, and enable smooth running of government.

So who makes these parties win, of course the states with more the number of seats, the Goliaths. Then there are the Davids, these are states with less than 2 seats apiece. We are considering the top and bottom five in both cases and of course we have kept the union territories aside as they represent one seat each.

S.No.

The Goliath

Seat Count

S.No.

The David

Seat Count

1

Uttar Pradesh

80

29

Mizoram

1

2

Maharashtra

48

28

Nagaland

1

3

Andhra Pradesh

42

27

Sikkim

1

4

Bihar

40

26

Arunachal Pradesh

2

5

West Bengal

42

25

Meghalaya

2

No surprises here with the Goliaths. These states witness a closely contested battle and are well covered by the Political parties and media. Goliaths have a good visibility among the Indian voter population as well.

What about the Davids, they are part of the milieu but do they have enough representation and voice in the system? Well the above table says the story well, in fact more often than not Davids of Indian democracy are not audible in the grand scheme of things. Someone some where said, “David slayed the Goliath”?

By “dod Rangers”

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2 thoughts on “David and Goliath of Indian Democracy”

  1. It is interesting that you point this issue out, giving the smaller states a voice. It was a major issue of contention in 1776 and the discussion for the creation of the United States. In the end that assembly resolved the issue by having a congress of two halves: the House of Representatives elects its members as does India, on a population basis. Large states have many, small states only a few. But the Senate elects its senators on a strict ratio of two per state. No matter how big the state or small the state, it has two senators. Legislation must pass both sides of Congress before it is sent to the President for approval. It is an odd system, if for no other reason that it was a process decided by committee, rather than one that developed organically over time. But, by and large it meets its goal: to give voice to both the large states (whose interests affect many citizens) and to small states (who should not be neglected.)

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    1. Hi John,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Your observation on American democratic system is insightful. It is good to understand the two senator process and it’s effect of legislation. We believe that if smaller states in a democratic system have due say, the growth shall be more and evenly distributed. This would again make democracy more stronger and states bound to the nation.

      Shall look forward to further insights from you.

      ‘dod’ Rangers

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