Lok Sabha, Indian House of the People

Chair: Kyra Kocis

The Lok Sabha is the lower house of the Indian Parliament and is composed of representatives directly elected by the Indian people. There are a maximum of 552 Members of Parliament (MPs) chosen to serve for five years, or until the body is dissolved by the President. Party politics play a large role in the functions of the Lok Sabha, and control oscillates between the Congress Party and the current ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party. Delegates must speak to the needs of their constituents while supporting the stance of their party.

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Women's Reservation in Parliament

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Aadhaar: Biometric Identification and Privacy

Topic Abstract

approximate committee size: 130

learning goals

Delegates will gain...

  • A nuanced understanding of the functioning of political parties in the complex, multi-party democracy of India, and how this influences the conclusions reached by the legislature;

  • A close look at the special role that India occupies on the world stage, especially as it relates to the tension between the developed and developing world, and how these competing interests will shape its future;

  • The opportunity to grapple with the uneasy responsibility of elected representatives that find themselves balancing the needs of their constituency with the demands of their political party;

  • Exposure to the role of emerging technology in politics and development, and how issues of data privacy and access affect the quality and equity of public service provision.

About the Chair

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Kyra Kocis is a rising junior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in Science, Technology and International Affairs with a concentration in Business, Growth and Development. From Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Kyra is a Tar Heel born and bred but has always considered herself a Hoya at heart. On the Hilltop, Kyra is heavily involved with the India Innovation Lab, and spent the past summer living and conducting research in Mumbai (she even visited Indian Parliament!). She can usually be found building Arduino circuits or coding something related to data-visualization. For fun Kyra loves playing club lacrosse (Hoya Saxa Laxa) and indulging in all of the Good Stuff burgers she can possibly eat.