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Constitutional Nation Building: Half a Century of India's Success

Akhtar Majeed (Editor)
Synopsis The Constitution of India makes it clear what kind of a nation we are, highlighting our shared past and shared destiny. Our national commitment is to the values that denote the ‘Basic Structure’ of our Constitution, as visualised in its Preamble. The success or otherwise, the suitability, viability and justification of any Government has to be judged by its readiness to achieve and success in achieving the goals of the Preamble. That is the best guarantee for the nation-building. Acceptance of the existence of cultural pluralism is an acceptance of the existence of a liberal Democracy. None of the social groups should have any reason to feel disadvantaged because of any cultural differences. The Constitution of India ensures that, on the one hand, no group is discriminated or disadvantaged and, on the other, that each such group may preserve the identities peculiar to itself. A dialogue between different identities strengthens their own positions because all of them enjoy similar positions under the Constitution and all of them face similar problems in a democratic plural society. If a dialogue and understanding is there, domination and deprivation are ruled out. A plural society is in greater need of an institutional understanding and consensus over the basic values, of the society, under state protection. This guarantee of protection, for the accepted Indian national values, is provided by the Constitution of India. It is the constitutional restructuring of social relations that has ensured equality among our various identities, basing our pluralism on social equality.
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About the author

Akhtar Majeed

Akhtar Majeed: is a Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Centre for federal Studies at Hamdard University, New Delhi. The Centre is an Area Studies Research Centre of the University Grants Commission. His other publications include federal India: A Design for good Governance; Distribution of Responsibilities in Federal Politics; Coalition Politics and Power Sharing; and Constitutional Nation Building.

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Title Constitutional Nation Building: Half a Century of India's Success
Author Akhtar Majeed
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178270137
length 208p.