Bicameralism in India: The Centre and the States

By Bhanu Joshi
in The Indian Parliament: A Critical Appraisal
Edited by Sudha Pai and Avinash Kumar
Orient Blackswan

The significance of a bicameral legislature in India lies in the fact that the parliamentary system has to deal with complex issue of administering and adequately responding to the tremendous diversity prevalent within Indian polity. However, the last three decades have seen arguments on abolishing as well strengthening bicameralism in union and state governments. What is the genesis and what should be the role of bicameralism in India?