Udit Bhatia writes on how India's Haryana act excludes citizens from the democratic process

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Udit Bhatia has written an article for The Huffington Post (11 December) on how the Indian Supreme Court's upholding of the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015 will mean that candidates in Panchayat elections will be excluded if they don't have sufficient educational qualifications.

Udit writes that "Uneven distributions of education reflect a state of injustice where persons were structurally precluded from obtaining what is stipulated as the basis for political power.  The absence of equal opportunity for education therefore translates into unequal opportunity for political power."

The full article can be read here: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/udit-bhatia/how-haryana-and-the-supre_b_8779110.html?utm_hp_ref=india