Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution

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EditorRajeev Bhargava

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This collection of essays analyses the Indian Constitution as a political or an ethical document, from a political theory perspective, reflecting configurations of power and interest or articulating a moral vision. This study of the Constitution provides a platform on which extensive politicaldeliberations and arguments over procedural and substantive issues relating to Indian society can take place. The essays discuss ideas of equality, freedom, citizenship and property, minority rights, democracy and welfare as found in the Constitution. It also asks questions like: Does theConstitution recognize all moral rights possessed by the citizens? What importance does the Constitution accord to the rights that it recognizes? Is the section on duties consistent with the section on fundamental rights? If so, then why do tensions between rights and duties still exist? Is itbecause the Constitution prescribes duties over rights? Does the Constitution support liberty, equality, and fraternity in equal measure? The contributors critically examine the potential, achievements, and limitations of the Indian Constitution. They further emphasize the need to examine whether or not a serious disjunction exists between the ideals as enshrined in the Constitution and their expression. The volume also aims toresuscitate political theory in India, evolve a form of political theory that is suitable in the Indian context, and to simultaneously open up Western political theory as it exists today.

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This collection of essays analyses the Indian Constitution as a political or an ethical document, from a political theory perspective, reflecting configurations of power and interest or articulating a moral vision. This study of the Constitution provides a platform on which extensive politicaldeliberations and arguments over procedural...

Rajeev Bhargava is Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsRajeev Bhargava: Introduction: Outline of a Political Theory of the Indian ConstitutionSection I1. Bhikhu Parekh: The Constitution as a Statement of Indian Identity2. Thomas Pantham: Gandhi and the Constitution: Parliamentary Swaraj and Village Swaraj3. Peter Ronald deSouza: Institutional Visions and Sociological Imaginations: The Debate on Panchayati Raj4. Upendra Baxi: Outline of a 'Theory of Practice' of Indian Constitutionalism5. Aditya Nigam: A Text Without Author: Locating the Constituent Assembly as an EventSection II6. Suhas Palshikar: The Indian State: Constitution and Beyond7. Valerian Rodrigues: Citizenship and the Indian Constitution8. Nivedita Menon: Citizenship and the Passive Revolution: Interpreting the First Amendment9. Sanjay Palshikar: Democracy and Constitutionalism10. Gopal Guru: Constitutional Justice: Positional and CulturalSection III11. Christophe Jaffrelot: Containing the Lower Castes: The Constitutent Assembly and the Reservation Policy12. Ashok Acharya: Affirmative Action for Disadvantaged Groups: A Cross-constitutional Study of India and the USSection IV13. Gurpreet Mahajan: Religion and the Indian Constitution: Questions of Separation and Equality14. Pratap Bhanu Mehta: Passion and Constraint: Courts and the Regulation of Religious Meaning15. Shefali Jha: Rights versus Representation: Defending Minority Interests in the Constituent Assembly16. Rochana Bajpai: Minority Representation and the Making of the Indian ConstitutionNotes on ContributorsIndex