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Evolution of Constitutional Government and Assam Legislatures

Makhanlal Kar (Author)
Synopsis There are historical works on the evolutionary emergence of people’s voice and their democratic representation and participation in various organs of Governance, namely, Executive, Legislative and Judiciary. This came through the evolution and development of self-governing institutions or local bodies such as Panchayats, Local Boards and Municipalities. This again came through the phases of full nomination, partial nomination and election and only election. Franchise also evolved very slowly. Adult franchise was introduced only after the Independence. It was felt that Assam did not attract proper and adequate attention and recognition as a part and parcel of the Indian mainstream in the struggle for constitutional progress. In every stage of the demand and the reforms, Assam had to struggle for finding a legitimate place for herself and played an appropriate role. Since the Treaty of Yandabo, Assam had to pass through vassalage, annexation and experiments beginning with Political Agency. Then it became a Commissioner’s Division of the Bengal Presidency, a Chief commissioner’s Province, then again a part of Eastern Bengal and Assam Province, a Chief commissionerate outside Bengal, a Governor’s province and finally an Autonomous Province. Under the Government of India Act of 1935, which embodied the last pre-independence reforms. This book specifically and elaborately studies Assam’s loud voice and good role in every stage of these reforms which were successfully implemented as well as in the evolution and working of electoral politics towards democracy.
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About the author

Makhanlal Kar

Dr. M. Kar, B.Sc., M.A. (double), Ph.D. of the Calcutta University, was a teacher in History at the St. Edmund's College, Shillong for twenty-four years and retired in 1989. He was a Senior Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Reseaerch, New Delhi from 1990 to 1992 and Principal, Captain Williamson memorial college, Meghalaya during the years 1995-1998. Two of his books entitled 'Muslims in Assam Poitics', one covering the period from 1205 to 1947 and other, 1946 to 1991, were published. Kar's research papers on variuos other apsects of Assam history and topics of national importance were included ina number of books and periodicals written, edited and published by reputed scholars in Trivandrum, New Delhi, Shillong and Silchar. He was the Vice-President and Working President of the North East India Council for Social Science Research (NEI CSSR), Shillong. He was also the founder Director of the Institute of Social Research in the same city. Currently, in addition to his further research, he assists and guides scholars engaged in research for M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degrees in History and Political Science.

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Title Evolution of Constitutional Government and Assam Legislatures
Author Makhanlal Kar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187606886
length xiv+384p., Tables; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 24cm.