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2014 Political Party Survey

Try this short survey to see which political party you side with.

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Where do you side on domestic policy issues?

Do you support caste based reservation? Learn more

Reservation in India is the process of setting aside a certain percentage of seats (vacancies) in government institutions for members of backward and under-represented communities (defined primarily by caste and tribe). Reservation is a form of quota-based affirmative action. Reservation is governed by constitutional laws, statutory laws, and local rules and regulations. Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) are the primary beneficiaries of the reservation policies under the Constitution – with the object of ensuring a "level" playing field.  See public opinion

Do you support caste based reservation?

Should India give all poor households the right to homestead? Learn more

According to the National Land Reforms Policy, more than 31% of households in the country are landless. Almost 30% own less than 0.4 hectares, meaning 60% of the population owns only 5% of the country’s land. The National Right to Homestead Bill of 2013 aims to ensure that every shelterless poor family has a right to hold homestead of not less than 10 cents within a period of 10 years commencing from the date of notification. Government employees, landowners, income tax payers are all exempt  See public opinion

Should India give all poor households the right to homestead?

Do you support the Jan Lokpal bill which would create an independent organization to investigate corruption of government employees? Learn more

The Jan Lokpal Bill, also referred to as the Citizen's Ombudsman Bill, is an anti-corruption bill drafted and drawn up by civil society activists in India seeking the appointment of a Jan Lokpal, an independent body to investigate corruption cases. The Jan Lokpal Bill aims to effectively deter corruption, compensate citizen grievances, and protect whistle-blowers. The prefix Jan (translation: citizens) signifies that these improvements include inputs provided by "ordinary citizens" through an activist-driven, non-governmental public consultation.  See public opinion

Do you support the Jan Lokpal bill which would create an independent organization to investigate corruption of government employees?

Should a third of all seats in parliament be reserved for women?

Should a third of all seats in parliament be reserved for women?

Should the government crack down on strikes by workers?

Should the government crack down on strikes by workers?

Do you support caste based reservation in the private sector?

Feel free to add your own stance but keep in mind that it will not count towards your results since it is not linked to any of the candidates*

Do you support the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh? Learn more

Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 commonly called Telangana Bill is an Act of Indian Parliament proclaiming the bifurcation of the Andhra Pradesh state into two states, Telangana and residuary Andhra Pradesh. The Act consists of all aspects of division of assets and liabilities, finalize the boundaries of the proposed new states and status of Hyderabad. The Bill was rejected by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on January 30, 2014.  See public opinion

Do you support the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh?

Should regional parties be allowed to contest Parliament elections?

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Should Indian voters be able to exercise the "None of the Above" (NOTA) option for candidates?

Should Indian voters be able to exercise the "None of the Above" (NOTA) option for candidates?

Should Jammu and Kashmir be granted special autonomous status? Learn more

Article 370 of the Indian constitution is a law that grants special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. According to this Article, except for defence, foreign affairs, finance and communications, the Parliament needs the state government's concurrence for applying all other laws. Thus the state's residents live under a separate set of laws, including those related to citizenship, ownership of property, and fundamental rights, as compared to other Indians. As a result of this provision, Indian citizens from other states can not purchase land or property in Jammu & Kashmir. Under Article 370, the Centre has no power to declare financial emergency under Article 360 in the state. It can declare emergency in the state only in case of war or external aggression. The Union government can therefore not declare emergency on grounds of internal disturbance or imminent danger unless it is made at the request or with the concurrence of the state government.  See public opinion

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Should India allow religion based political parties? Learn more

A well known accusation that Indian political parties make for their rivals is that they play vote bank politics, meaning give political support to issues for the sole purpose of gaining the votes of members of a particular community. Both the Congress Party and the BJP have been accused of exploiting the people by indulging in vote bank politics.  See public opinion

Should India allow religion based political parties?

Where do you side on social issues?

Should India create a one-child policy in order to control population growth? Learn more

The one-child policy is a form of family planning (currently used in China) to control population growth. Fines are given to families with more than one child and exceptions are given, allowing two children if a parent is an only child.  See public opinion

Should India create a one-child policy in order to control population growth?

Should India drastically increase punishment for domestic violence and crimes against women? Learn more

The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey says that India is the fourth most dangerous place in the world for women to live in. Women belonging to any class, caste or creed and religion can be victims of acid throwing, a cruel form of violence and disfigurement, a premeditated crime intended to kill or maim the woman permanently and act as a lesson to 'put her in her place'.  See public opinion

Should India drastically increase punishment for domestic violence and crimes against women?

Should India decriminalize homosexuality? Learn more

India's current policy on gay sex states: Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.  See public opinion

Should India decriminalize homosexuality?

Where do you side on economic issues?

Should India allow international retail chains such as Wal-Mart and Tesco more or less entry into India?

Should India allow international retail chains such as Wal-Mart and Tesco more or less entry into India?

Should the government guarantee wage employment to every low income household? Learn more

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is an Indian law that aims to guarantee the 'right to work' and ensure livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. The statute is hailed by the government as "the largest and most ambitious social security and public works programme in the world". The more comprehensive survey of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, a ‘Supreme Audit Institution’ defined in Article 148 of the Constitution of India, reports serious lapses in implementation of the act.  See public opinion

Should the government guarantee wage employment to every low income household?

Should the government use incentives or punishment as a means to bring black money back to India? Learn more

Black money refers to money that is not fully legitimately the property of the 'owner'. A white paper on black money in India by the Government of India suggests two possible sources of black money in India. The first includes activities not permitted by the law, such as crime, drug trade, terrorism, and corruption, all of which are illegal in India. The second, more likely source is that the wealth may have been generated through a lawful activity but accumulated by failing to declare income and pay taxes. Some of this black money ends up in illicit financial flows across international borders, such as deposits in tax haven countries. According to a 2010 The Hindu article, unofficial estimates indicate that Indians had over US$1456 billion in black money stored in Swiss banks (approximately USD 1.4 trillion).  See public opinion

Should the government use incentives or punishment as a means to bring black money back to India?

Should India allow foreign countries to transfer their military production to India? Learn more

India's current limit on foreign direct investment for defense manufacturing is 26%.  See public opinion

Should India allow foreign countries to transfer their military production to India?

Should India reduce income taxes on the wealthy in an effort to reduce black money? Learn more

Black money refers to money that is not fully legitimately the property of the 'owner'. A white paper on black money in India by the Government of India suggests two possible sources of black money in India. The first includes activities not permitted by the law, such as crime, drug trade, terrorism, and corruption, all of which are illegal in India. The second, more likely source is that the wealth may have been generated through a lawful activity but accumulated by failing to declare income and pay taxes. Some of this black money ends up in illicit financial flows across international borders, such as deposits in tax haven countries. According to a 2010 The Hindu article, unofficial estimates indicate that Indians had over US$1456 billion in black money stored in Swiss banks (approximately USD 1.4 trillion).  See public opinion

Should India reduce income taxes on the wealthy in an effort to reduce black money?

Should the government increase taxes on private business?

Feel free to add your own stance but keep in mind that it will not count towards your results since it is not linked to any of the candidates*

Where do you side on healthcare issues?

Should the government guarantee the legal right to food for two-thirds of the population? Learn more

The Indian National Food Security Act, 2013 (also Right to Food Act), was signed into law September 12, 2013, retroactive to July 5, 2013. This law aims to provide subsidized food grains to approximately two thirds of India's 1.2 billion people. Under the provisions of the bill, beneficiaries are to be able to purchase 5 kilograms per eligible person per month of cereals at the following prices: rice at INR3 (4.9¢ US) per kg; wheat at INR2 (3.3¢ US) per kg; coarse grains (millet) at INR1 (1.6¢ US) per kg. Pregnant women, lactating mothers, and certain categories of children are eligible for daily free meals. The bill has been highly controversial. It was introduced into India's parliament in December 2012, promulgated as a presidential ordinance on July 5, 2013, and enacted into law in August 2013.  See public opinion

Should the government guarantee the legal right to food for two-thirds of the population?

Should there be more public or private involvement in healthcare?

Should there be more public or private involvement in healthcare?

Should the government prioritize lowering the cost of healthcare or improving the quality?

Should the government prioritize lowering the cost of healthcare or improving the quality?

Where do you side on infrastructure issues?

Should the development of roads and highways be given priority over rail transport?

Should the development of roads and highways be given priority over rail transport?

Should India increase the use of private international firms to build infrastructure?

Should India increase the use of private international firms to build infrastructure?

Where do you side on foreign policy issues?

Should India increase or decrease its amount of military weapons? Learn more

India ranks #8 in the world for military expenditures, spending $46B or 2.5% of GDP per year.  See public opinion

Should India increase or decrease its amount of military weapons?

Should the government take a stronger position against Chinese influence in the region?

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If Pakistan attacks, should the government respond with devastating force?

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Where do you side on education issues?

Should the government provide all citizens with a free of charge education?

Should the government provide all citizens with a free of charge education?

Where do you side on transportation issues?

Should the government invest in building more metro rail lines?

Should the government invest in building more metro rail lines?

Should the government invest in building a high speed rail?

Should the government invest in building a high speed rail?

Where do you side on religious issues?

Should the government pay for the construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya?

Should the government pay for the construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya?

Should the government eliminate codes that protect the culture of minority groups?

Should the government eliminate codes that protect the culture of minority groups?

What’s an important issue that should be added to this survey?