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In recent days Post-independence India held it's first elections. The rest of the India voted only in February–March 1952 for the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections. Polling was held between 25 October 1951 and 27 March 1952. The very first votes of the election were cast in the tehsil (district) of Chini in Himachal Pradesh.

I heard about ‘Janapada’, It means “People’s Republic, where people come together to choose their leader.

Did Electoral system does exist in Ancient India Mythology? If Yes, What are the Qualification for contestants?

Any Scriptures mention about Election system in Vedas or Ramayana/Mahabharata?

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    Interesting Qn. People's "Democracy" is mostly a failed or failing political or social system. It's least likely to have existed in ancient India. May be if it would have existed at some point of time at some place, then it would have vanished in few decades or centuries, hence living no reference [in scripture].
    – iammilind
    Aug 7 '17 at 6:52
  • Or this one Where do the Vedas support democracy Aug 7 '17 at 7:04
  • @iammilind thanks for sharing generous your thoughts. Because of Democracy we have many changes it's not failed. Few People who elected in higher position failing systems, change will be happening one way or other.
    – CR241
    Aug 7 '17 at 7:05
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    @SreeCharan Oh brilliant work, before commenting you should read question fully.
    – CR241
    Aug 7 '17 at 7:11
  • I read your question completely. You took the example of recent elections(1950's). If you are asking for election process, there was no election process or contestants. There were only kings who ruled according to people's wishes. Princes became eligible by gaining people's support. And also Janapada means not people's republic. It means the pada(words) of Jana(people) Janapada means people's words which literally means folklore. There was democracy but not elections or electoral process. There might not be election reference in scriptures. Aug 7 '17 at 7:41

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