Whether it be Prelims or Mains, Indian Polity, particularly, Parliament is a very important topic that you need to cover very thoroughly. Questions on Parliamentary procedures, committees, and legislations are routinely asked in the civil services exam. Apart from reading Subhash Kashyap’s Our Constitution, his other book Our Parliament should also be covered.
In this post I will review Our Parliament in detail and explain why this is a must-read book for Prelims as well as Mains.
Following are the important chapters in this book:
1. The Political System
It explains the structure of Parliament and its position in Indian polity
2. Functions of Parliament
Explains role of Parliament as a multi-functional institution
3. The Electoral System
Elections to Parliament
4. Parliament in Session
Sittings of the two houses of Parliament
5. The Speaker
Duties, Roles and Responsibilities of Speaker and other officers of both houses of Parliament
6. The Question Hour
7. Raising Matters in Parliament
Various kinds of motions and procedures are explained here
8. Budget in Parliament
Passage of budget in Parliament
9. The Legislative Process
How Parliament enacts laws in India
10. Parliamentary Committees
Various committees and their structure, functions and impact
11. Parliamentary Etiquette
Code of conduct for Members
12. Parliamentary Privileges
Salaries and perks of MP’s
13. Political Parties and Groups
14. Half-a-Century and more of Our Parliament
It’s changing face and need for reforms
As you can see from the above list, Our Parliament is very comprehensive in scope and covers all aspects of the Indian Parliament in detail; from its structure to functions, roles, responsibilities and procedures. Even the offices of its various officers like Speaker are explained in detail.
Parliamentary committees that play a crucial role in the proper functioning of the Parliament with their oversight and reports on the Executive are also explained in detail. This is also useful for Public Administration paper in Mains.
The changing role of Parliament, present working are also given adequate importance by the author since today adjournments and boycott are the buzzword in Parliamentary proceedings.
Our Parliament is thus an indispensable book not just for Prelims but also GS and Public Administration Mains papers.