An extract of Arun Shourie's new book on how to improve governance in India. He is essentially arguing for India to adopt a US -Presidential model, but based on the French electoral process. It does make a compelling case - needing to cross the 50% mark will ensure that everyone is perpetually bound to do a "Mayawati-2007" in every Presidential election i.e. build rainbow coalitions and instead of fragmenting the electorate into multiple pieces - fragment it into only two pieces.
Most importantly - this will completely blunt the Islamist ploy of tactical negative voting against the BJP/NDA.
How Indian politicians will defeat this model is fairly obvious. They will have one impeachment motion every week in the legislature; this because every puny politician in India really does think that he could be the next elected President. In fact this is quite true for even non-politicians such as Subramanian Swamy.
However, the book seems to be more than just about the arithmetic as is obvious from Ashok Malik's review of it in the Pioneer