Working A Democratic Constitution: A History of the Indian Experience

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byGranville Austin

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Working a Democratic Constitution tells a very human story of how the social, political and day-to-day lived realities of the Indian people has been reflected in, and in turn directed the course of, constitutional reforms in the country. Through the post independence euphoria to the turbulentyears of Indira Gandhi's 'Emergency' and Rajiv Gandhi's brief period of power, the way in which the constitution has evolved to suit the changing needs of the times is an important indicator of India's successful experience with democracy. Granville Austin is one of the world's leading experts on the Indian constitution. Since his classic work The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation (OUP, 1966), he has been working on this long-awaited book, which not only presents archival sources, but also first-hand interviews with andrare documentation by many of the key political and legal figures of the last fifty years. With its wide historical sweep, and meticulously detailed research, this is Austin's magnum opus described by Fali Nariman as a 'great and compassionate work'. The clarity and elegance of Austin's writing makes this book not only a necessary but a pleasurable read for anyone interested in comparative constitutional law and the recent political history of India, and for students, teachers and researchers of the subject.

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Working a Democratic Constitution tells a very human story of how the social, political and day-to-day lived realities of the Indian people has been reflected in, and in turn directed the course of, constitutional reforms in the country. Through the post independence euphoria to the turbulentyears of Indira Gandhi's 'Emergency' and Raj...

Independent Historian, retired Professor. Previous positions include: Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, Staff Member of the US Senate, Founding Director of the Committee for Arab-Israeli Peace

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:792 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.57 inPublished:August 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionProloguePart I: The Great Constitutional Themes Emerge, 1950-661. Settling into harness2. Free Speech, Liberty, and Public Order3. The Social Revolution and the First Amendment4. The Rights and the Revolution: More Property Amendments5. The Judiciary: 'Quite Untouchable'6. Making and Preserving a NationPart II: The Great Constitutional Confrontation: Judicial versus Parliamentary Supremacy, 1967-737. Indira Gandhi: In Context and in Power8. The Golak Nath Inheritance9. Two Catalytic Defeats10. Radical Constitutional Amendments11. Redeeming The Web: The Kesavananda Bharati Case12. A 'Grievous Blow': the Supersession of JudgesPart III: Democracy Rescued or the Constitution Subverted?: The Emergency and the Forty-Second Amendment, 1975-7713. 26 June, 197514. Closing the Circle15. The Judiciary under Pressure16. Preparing for Constitutional Change17. The forty-second Amendment: Sacrificing Democracy to PowerPart IV: The Janata Interlude18. Janata forms Government19. Restoring Federal Governance20. Governing under the Constitution21. The Punishment that Failed22. A Government DiesPart V: Indira Gandhi Returns23. Ghosts of Governments Past24. The Constitution Strengthened and Weakened25. Judicial Reform or Harassment26. The Villain in Federal RelationsPart VI: The Inseparable Twins: National Unity and Integrity and the Machinery of Federal Relations27. Terminology and its merits28. The Governors' acutely conscious role29. New Delhi Long Hour30. Constitutional Mechanisms how 'Federal'Part VII: Conclusion31. A Nation's progressBibliographyIndex

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`'Another momumental work of reference and subtle interpretation ... A 'must' for libraries and serious students of the subcontinent.''2002