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Subramanian SwamyS. Kalyanaraman Electronic Voting Machines : Subramanian Swamy,S. Kalyanaraman : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170947987)
Pages: 302
Price: Rs. 395
Format: sc
ISBN13/10: 9788170947981 / 8170947987
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Published in 2010
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Are Indian Elections Free and Fair in the Age of EVMs?

This book makes a host of startling and alarming revelations on the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Indian elections:

  • The continued use of electronic voting machines in Indian elections is unconstitutional because Indian EVMs are non-transparent and vitiate the requirement of voter control over the balloting and counting process, which is a basic feature of India's Constitution.

  • EVMs are tamperable, posing the risk of wholesale rigging of election results. Computer experts have consistently held that Indian EVMs are not completely secure from software and hardware manipulation. Also, Indian EVMs can be hacked both before and after elections to alter election results.

  • Universal use of EVMs in Indian elections may also be illegal as per a judgement of the Supreme Court of India in 1984.

EVMs have already been banned in many countries, including Germany, the
Netherlands, Ireland and Italy, and the list is getting longer. Thus, there is a growing lack of confidence in EVMs the world over. Why should India persist with a failed system that has been abandoned worldwide? The risk of wholesale rigging inherent in EVMs, howsoever small, cannot be accepted in a democracy where the stakes in
winning elections are so high.

The book brings together a panel of political, constitutional and technical experts and makes a powerful and substantive case for the discontinuation of EVMs in Indian
elections if these cannot be safeguarded to public satisfaction. The book is an
eye-opener and a must-read for all Indian politicians and citizens alike.


"Raises serious questions about the efficacy of EVMs"  The Telegraph

"Startling facts on EVM used in Indian elections . . . written by political, constitutional and technical experts"  The Times of India

Subramanian Swamy

Dr. Subramanian Swamy born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, is a widely known public figure in India having been elected Member of Parliament five times and has twice held Cabinet positions in the Union Government. Dr. Swamy has a long and continuing academic association (since 1962) with the world famous Harvard University. He was awarded a doctorate in Economics in 1964 by Harvard after his research with two Nobel Laureates, Simon Kuznets and Paul A. Samuelson. From 1969 to 1991, Dr. Swamy was Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi from which post he resigned upon becoming Union Commerce, Law and Justice Minister. He also served on the Board of Governors of the IIT, Delhi (1977-80), and on the Ministry of Education's Governing Council of all IITs (1980-82). He has also been a member of the Court of Benares Hindu University and of Santineketan. Dr. Swamy is a prolific writer. Besides numerous articles in journals, periodicals and newspapers, he is the author of seventeen books. He is proficient in many languages, including Mandarin Chinese. Subramanian Swamy is President and a founding member of the Janata Party since 1990 which was founded by Jayaprakash Narayan in 1977 in the aftermath of the Emergency.

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