Long gone are the days when we had to look up the newspapers or the Internet to know more about any particular Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha member of the Indian Parliament. Want to know more about the present members of the Parliament, before you decide who to vote for? The Our Politicians android app is your perfect guide. It maintains an efficient database containing useful information about the current members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Along with recent political news, it also gives male-to-female ratio in Lok Sabha members over the years. Now, that is really sufficient if all you want is a simple guide to get introduced to Indian Politics!
Once the app gets started, it checks the network connections of the device to ensure that it is connected to a secure and stable network. Once this is done, the home page is displayed and you have the various options to choose from. The overall style is embarrassingly simple, with a white background and the picture of the Parliament.
Note: The spelling of the app name, as displayed in the upper left corner of the screen is “Polititions”. The makers should have noticed this little glitch before publishing the app.
Going through the Home Page!
Once you click on the picture of the Parliament, a black dialogue box appears containing relevant information about the Constitution of India. The information is declared to be taken directly from Wikipedia. Even the small subscripts which normally appear in a wiki result haven’t been spared!
The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha labels are your gateway to know more about their current members.
On the top right corner of the screen, you have the options. Now this consists of three simple tags:
- Birthdays – This displays the name, constituency, party name, date-of-birth and the virtual address of all members who have their birthdays during the ongoing month. The next and previous buttons takes you to the other members.
- Disclaimer – This displays, what the name suggests, a disclaimer claiming that the sole purpose of developing this application is to provide useful data to the common people. It further states that the information provided by the app is to be used only as a reference and not to serve any legal purpose.
The News option in the bottom left corner of the home page gives you access to recent news feeds from India TV. Once you click on any particular news item, you are redirected to the official page of India TV, and you get to read the entire news segment from your device.
The pie-chart icon in the bottom right corner of the screen gives you analytical data about the male-female ratio of random sessions of Lok Sabha members.
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
Clicking on any of these labels will take you to pages which look the same, and provide you with the same options. The Search and Advanced Search options will provide you with forms where, once you fill in the required information about the member you want to look for, you will be given information which is taken directly from the Open Data Initiative and other virtual sources.
The disclaimer comes with all these pages, and so do information about Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha when we click on the Parliament picture on the respective pages.
The app is no doubt pretty useful, but a little effort is needed as far as the style and content are concerned. The little glitches are embarrassing, and could be done away with quite easily. Overall, it’s very user-friendly and effective. Follow the download button provided below to Know More about Our Elected Saviors.
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Nice concept but scope for improvement in aspects of navigation and design is required but content wise - very decent