Tracing the Evolution of the Indian Parliament from 1948 to the Present

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New Delhi: The history of the Indian Parliament is a rich tapestry that reflects the country’s journey as a sovereign democratic republic. Following its independence from British rule in 1947, India adopted a parliamentary system based on the Westminster model. The first general elections were held in 1951-52, and since then, the Indian Parliament has been the supreme legislative body of the country.

Here’s a detailed table capturing the key milestones in the history of the Indian Parliament from 1948 to the present:

1948First SessionThe Constituent Assembly, which also acted as the first Parliament, held its first session.
1950Constitution AdoptionThe Constitution of India was adopted on 26th November 1949 and came into effect on 26th January 1950, making the Constituent Assembly the Provisional Parliament until the first elections⁶.
1952First General ElectionsIndia’s first general elections were held, establishing the first elected Parliament.
1954First AmendmentThe first amendment to the Constitution was passed, addressing issues of land reform and the judiciary.
1975State of EmergencyA state of emergency was declared, leading to significant changes in the functioning of Parliament.
1980sParliamentary ReformsSeveral reforms were introduced to strengthen the parliamentary system and improve its efficiency.
1990sEconomic LiberalizationParliament passed several key economic reforms that opened up the Indian economy.
2000sIntroduction of Coalition EraThe era of coalition governments began, reflecting a more diverse and pluralistic political landscape.
2010sDigitalizationSteps were taken to digitalize parliamentary proceedings and make them more accessible to the public.
2020sOngoing DevelopmentsParliament continues to evolve with ongoing debates and legislation on various socio-economic issues.
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This table provides a snapshot of the significant events that have shaped the Indian Parliament over the years. It has been a witness to India’s growth and challenges, playing a pivotal role in the nation’s development and democracy.