The need for a political eligibility test for elected representatives in the Indian political framework

Jeevan Sarabeswaran Hari

School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore, India


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Abstract : The model of democracy has been universally accepted as the soundest, most people-oriented and efficient form of governance. It is currently the most widely employed administrative mechanism in the world, with nearly 167 countries currently making use of it. However, the ancient Athenian system presents a number of flaws that may provide different outcomes to different nations based on their economic and societal setup. This article seeks to provide a viable solution to counter these flaws and enhance the system of governance in countries across the world. The contours of this article deal with the functioning of a democracy, with special emphasis laid on the Indian administrative setup, and the various human traits that can serve as effective parameters for the proposed solution. This article primarily seeks to highlight the various fallacies of democracy and the need to counter such demerits in order to enhance the system of governance currently in practice. This article makes use of various analogies cited by different authors and makes use of comparative analyses between various nations to highlight the variance provided by a democratic setup and its outcome. The focal point of this article emphasizes on the need to implement a Political Eligibility Test (PET) to increase the efficiency of administration and quality of elected representatives in the Indian political arena. It shall also contain a basic framework of the suggested PET which shall function as a guiding model for its legislative implementation. The latent objective of this article is to alter and develop the current legal machinery to incorporate the changes necessary for improving the model of governance currently employed by various nations and to increase the quality of elected representatives capable of making better decisions, informed choices and sound laws for the benefit of the nation.

Keywords : Democracy, Fallacies, Political Eligibility Test, Voting Rights, Elections.

Mr. Jeevan Hari is a Law student currently pursuing his degree (BBA LLB Hons,) in Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, India. He is currently in his 4 th year of study and is working towards obtaining prominence in the fields of IPR, Criminology and Psychology. The author can be contacted at

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