An Inclusive Parliament

(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)

The dwindling presence of Muslim candidates in Indian elections, alongside a broader trend of Political parties fielding fewer candidates overall, is a matter of grave concern for the community which is India's largest minority group. This decline not only reflects a systemic failure to uphold the principles of inclusivity but also raises fundamental questions about the fair representation of diverse communities in parliament.

Historically, political parties in India have played a critical role in shaping the composition of legislative bodies. However, recent trends suggest a strategic shift towards fielding fewer Muslim candidates. While this may be viewed as a tactical response to changing electoral dynamics, it comes at the expense of diversity and representation.


The declining number of Muslim candidates fielded by major political parties is particularly alarming. Muslims constitute a significant demographic group in India, yet their representation in parliament fails to mirror their proportion of the population. The underrepresentation not only marginalizes the Muslim community but also undermines the democracy.

The repercussions of this trend extend beyond symbolic representation. Inclusive decision-making processes are vital for addressing the diverse needs and concerns of all citizens. When certain communities are underrepresented, their perspectives are sidelined, leading to policies that may not adequately address their interests. Therefore, the decline in Muslim representation has profound implications for policymaking and governance in India.

Addressing the root causes of this issue requires solutions. Firstly, political parties must prioritize diversity and inclusivity in their candidate selection processes. Actively seeking out and supporting Muslim candidates is essential for ensuring their fair participation in the political arena. Parties should also adopt transparent and inclusive selection of candidates to counteract biases and systemic barriers to entry.

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Civil society also has a role to play in advocating for greater diversity in politics. By raising awareness about the importance of inclusive representation and holding political parties accountable for their candidate selection processes, civil society can contribute to meaningful change.

The decline of Muslim representation in Indian politics is a symptom of broader politics of the country which has become increasingly hostile and adversarial to the community. Addressing this issue requires concerted efforts from political parties, civil society, and policymakers to ensure that all communities have a voice in the democratic process. Upholding the principles of inclusivity is not just a moral imperative but essential for the functioning of a vibrant and representative democracy.


Kashmir Observer

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