Topic: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act;
4) The Supreme Court’s recent decision on information disclosure ( Lok Prahari v. Union of India ) paves a way for future constitutional interventions in India’s party funding regime, including the scheme of electoral bonds. Analyse. (250 Words)
Why this question?
Electoral reforms is very important for Mains – 2018 (and for India). Supreme Court has been at the forefront of formulating a framework to bring electoral reforms. You must know SC rulings on electoral reforms and their implications.
Key demand of the question:
You should write how the Lok Prahari v. Union of India judgement will affect electoral bond scheme and also pave way for future interventions w.r.t party funding. Don’t deviate and write everything you know about electoral reforms.
Analyse: Divide answer into parts and within them examine implications (see below)
Structure of Answer:
In the introduction, write about the role of SC in electoral reforms and implications of its verdicts for representative democracy. And then write a line about party funding and electoral bonds (in introd, always address key demand)
In the body, there should be THREE main parts, and within these there should be sub-parts (depending on the amount of information you have). First part is about content of SC judgement (divide into 2-3 sub-parts such as Funding, Disqualification etc); Second part is about future constitutional implications; Third part is about fate of electoral bonds.
In the conclusion, write about need for other institutions to step up to bring reforms in electoral process and party politics to strengthen democracy in India. (or write any similar conclusion using your understanding)