The Mandate is a three-part series by Harish Narasappa on the history of the two dominant electoral systems: first-past-the-post system and Proportional Representation system, and its implications in India.
Narasappa is a lawyer and a member of the Karnataka Election Watch and the National Election Watch.
Will the Proportional Representation method work in the political climate of India? Narasappa highlights the challenges towards incorporating this method in the Indian electoral system, and the need for a national debate on the same.
Why did the drafters of our constitution adopt the first-past-the-post system? Can the Proportional Representation system solve India's electoral problems? Narasappa answers these questions in the second episode of The Mandate.
In this episode, Narasappa talks about the differences between the first-past-the-post system and the Proportional Representation system used for conducting elections.