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Author Name: Devender Singh
Publication Year: 2016
The Indian Parliament, Beyond the Seal and Signature of Democracy by Devender Singh, Additional Secretary, Lok Sabha, is a new, dazzlingly insightful book dealing with the powers, functions and procedures of Parliament, elections and electoral systems and nature and role of political parties in a parliamentary democracy . It brings in sharp relief, the intricacies of democratic institutions, the dynamics of parliamentary government, the public perception of Parliament, the intermittent democratic disquiet and the future of democracy itself. The book, a treasure trove of information, written in a lucid style, brings out the finer nuances of the working of Indian Parliament, the duties of it's functionaries, its interface with other constitutional bodies and the Fourth Estate. It's fine structural symmetry and incisively analytical approach makes it a lively text book on the Parliament of India, and a much awaited welcome addition in the field of parliamentary studies, written as it is by one who has had a long time ring side view of the working of Indian Parliament. It's an absorbing and instructive text book replete with historic and contemporary precedents in the parliamentary annals of India. Apparently, the author has ransacked a wide range of parliamentary literature and woven a commendable narrative - an anthology as much an anatomy, of the Indian democratic system. It's a compelling book for the scholars of constitutional and parliamentary studies, the legislators, public servants, students and all those who desire to study and understand the working of the largest democracy of the world.
Shri Devender Singh, born in Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand, is Additional Secretary, Lok Sabha, Parliament of India. He holds a master’s degree in English literature and Bachelor’s degree in law. A Legislative Officer of 1985 batch, he has been closely associated over three decades with the yin and yang of Indian Parliament, its intricate processes and procedures and mechanics of parliamentary scrutiny and oversight. He is known for his deep analytical insight, professional competence and wide knowledge of different political and parliamentary systems. As the principal draftsman of some of the most acclaimed reports of the Public Accounts Committee and the Estimates Committee, the two premier financial committees, and other prestigious committees of Parliament, he made distinct contribution in servicing the committees and earned all round encomium from the Chairmen and the committee members. A scholar of constitutional law, comparative politics and parliamentary studies, having long time ring side view of the working of Indian Parliament, he is a faculty member of the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training and the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies. He has delivered numerous lectures on almost all aspects of the functioning of Indian Parliament, the Constitution and the legislative process, to the probationers of All India Services, senior executives of PSUs, University Teachers, Journalists, MLAs of more than two dozen Legislative Assemblies, Legislative Officers from many jurisdictions across the world and Members of Parliament from many countries. He has also delivered lectures at the PRS Legislative Research and the Indian Corporate Law Services Academy, Universities and at industry forum. As Secretary to parliamentary delegations, he has visited many countries and studied their parliamentary and political systems. A prolific writer, his articles on constitutional and parliamentary themes have been published in national dailies, magazines and journals of repute. He is also the author of Parliamentary Questions: Glorious Beginning to an Uncertain Future & Central Hall to Great Hall.
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