Title: Justice Verma committee: an illustration of deliberative democracy in India

Authors: Rajinder Kaur; Rashmi Aggarwal; Jagteshwar Singh Sohi

Addresses: University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India ' IMT, Ghaziabad, India ' NALSAR University of Law, Hyderbad, India

Abstract: The objective of having a democracy is an ideal path towards just society. We, as a society, have moved onto a newer system which then has seemed best suited to achieve the utopian dream of a just social position. Thus, the move towards a deliberative ideal of Authority has been a part of to evolve human thought with respect to the best possible method of achieving a Just society. The paper is divided into three parts; first part, of the paper discusses the recent crisis in democracy and impact of political conditions on the same. The second part of the paper focuses on deliberative democracy and its essential elements. The third part of the paper is an operational one which tries to harmonise the working of Verma committee constituted in India with the essential elements of deliberative democracy. It analyses the working of Verma committee where such a mass participation was perceived to enact legislation. Apart from the public the Verma committee sought opinions of higher judiciary and members of the national and international academia. The paper concludes strengthening the idea that We the society can fulfil our Responsibility to help form a more Just society.

Keywords: deliberative democracy; India; Verma committee; representative democracy; mass participation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRCS.2017.082687

International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 2017 Vol.5 No.1, pp.5 - 31

Received: 12 Aug 2016
Accepted: 14 Aug 2016

Published online: 06 Mar 2017 *

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