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Taking India back to the drawing board

  • Published
    26th Sep, 2023


We must discuss ‘delimitation’ soon to avoid delaying seat allocation due to the freeze for a longer time.

Need for Delimitation

  • The Women’s Reservation Bill: Constitution Amendment Bill promises 33% women's reservation in Indian Parliament.
  • Fair seat allocation for Women: Delimitation of electoral constituencies is crucial for fair representation.
  • Removing old traces: Freeze on constituency delimitation since 1970s needs addressing.

Current Delimitation Challenges

  • The 1971 Census must be changed: Freeze based on 1971 Census data distorts current population representation.
  • North-south imbalance: Imbalances in population growth between north and south India pose concerns.
  • Representation and Misogyny: Delimitation impacts representation and raises distrust among states.

Urgency of Delimitation Discussion

  • Addressing gaps: Upcoming delimitation requires addressing logistical and qualitative concerns.
  • Impact and after-effects: Delayed Census and its potential impact on representation need attention.
  • Assam’s Picture: Recent delimitation in Assam highlights community representation concerns.
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