Practice Question 4

Q) What do you understand by ‘dynastic politics’? Critically discuss its pros and cons in the context of Indian politics?

Superb Hints:

A succession of rulers or people or group from the same family or line who maintains power for several generations can be defined as basic definition. Dynastic politics, usually presumed to be the antithesis of democracy, which is a routine aspect of politics in many modern democracies.


  • In dynastic politics, the person entering into politics already holds a lot of experience about the work he/she is ought to do and is not a novice as he has already seen his family working in the same direction.

  • There is a personal aspect to dynastic politics. When a family continues ruling, there is this sort of bond created between the nation and the rulers and they work into symbiotic relation.



  • Dynastic politics enables only those leaders who have strong connections to come forward and take the charge irrespective of the ability of that person, thus ignoring the right potential.

  • Dynastic politics discourages young and new talents to come forward and join politics which deserves crowd away from politics.

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