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Hi Shruti, I was listening to your podcast with Amit Verma which led me to your article here. It delves into the most crucial political debate that our country and its administration must address: the pressing need for reform in our electoral system. I believe your proposal to transform the Rajya Sabha into a "Revenue Sabha" based on revenue-raising capacity, while concurrently ensuring perfectly apportioned Lok Sabha seats, is a groundbreaking idea.

This innovative concept intertwines political power with economic development and fiscal outcomes, an aspect that is conspicuously absent in our current setup. By linking the representation of states to their financial contributions, we can create a system that incentivizes states to strive for economic growth and self-sufficiency.

Your suggestion aligns with the vision of leaders like Lee Kuan Yew, who advocated for policies that emphasized the importance of economic productivity and fiscal responsibility. His idea of separating Mumbai into a separate state to ensure that the revenue generated there directly benefits the city is an intriguing parallel to your proposal. See here: https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/other/want-mumbai-to-become-singapore-then-separate-it/articleshow/15859902.cms

I genuinely hope that your idea gains traction and reaches the ears of those in a position to implement it. It has the potential to revolutionize our political landscape, fostering a more equitable distribution of resources and political power across our diverse nation.


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Jul 3, 2023·edited Jul 3, 2023Liked by Shruti Rajagopalan

Very interesting, and I haven’t even listened to the podcast yet.

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Brilliant analysis and research again and well articulated. Could not understand though how the revenue sabha will incentivise states to share revenue and also help in providing young workforce to states with older less productive population?

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Did southern states really control their population?

it seems like they only decided to raise the issue when in their third stage of demo transition even before the other states properly started the transition.

no one seems to question the idea of whether the southern population stabilisation was due to their effort or just the demo transition theory following its natural course.

no analysis goes into a wider history of comparative population trends between north and south. they just with 1970s.

when you consider states like kerala its population density can compete with up and bihar.

the only reason karnataka and tamil nadu doesnt have such large density is because of adverse physical geography.

this means south barely did anything to stabilise their population vis a vis the northern states.

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