#Essential Reads | The Great March of Democracy: Seven Decades of India’s Elections

Editor | Politics

As India gears up for its seventeenth Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the Election Commission of India, responsible for conducting elections in the country, marks the beginning of its seventieth year.
This book commemorates the occasion, celebrating seven decades of the country’s vibrant electoral democracy. With essays written by prominent analysts, politicians, academics, psephologists, former chief election commissioners, and many others, The Great March of Democracy covers a range of subjects from the birth and evolution of the Election Commission, the exciting story of the first electoral roll and the first general elections, to the criminalization of politics, electoral reforms, and so on.
About the Author
S Y Quraishi is a former chief election commissioner (CEC) of India. He served from July 2010 to June 2012. An IAS officer of the 1971 batch from Haryana cadre, he has also served as secretary in Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. He is author of An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election and Old Delhi: Living Traditions.

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