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India's Living Constitution: Ideas, Practices, Controversies

Zoya Hasan (Editor) E. Sridharan (Editor) R. Sudarshan (Editor)
Synopsis India became independent in 1947 and adopted, after nearly three years of debate in the constituent assembly, a constitution which came into effect on 26 January 1950. This constitution has lasted until the present, with its basic structure unaltered. India has had thirteen general elections between 1952 and 1999 (despite the nineteen-month 'emergency', which itself was based on a provision of the constitution) and is often called the world’s largest democracy. This is a remarkable achievement, given that the generally accepted prerequisites for democratic stability did not exist, and do not exist even today. Half a century of constitutional democracy is something that political scientists and legal scholars need to analyse and explain. This book does that with the greatest authority. It locates the constitution in the history and sociology of modern India. Its first part consists of 'overview' essays on the constitution and justice; on democracy; on the nation and state. The second part is on organising principles-on federalism; on the rationale for incorporating in the constitution fundamental ideological goals as binding upon the state; on secularism; and on the basic structure doctrine. The third part is on rights and justice-on individual and group rights; on gender equality and personal liberty. The fourth part is on equity-on economic justice and on affirmative action. The fifth part is on the polity-on trends in the constitution's working; on decentralization and local government; on parties and political representation; and on electoral rules, representation and power-sharing.
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About the authors

Zoya Hasan

Zoya Hasan is Professor of Political Science, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has published widely in academic journals and periodicals and is the author of Dominance and Mobilisation: Rural Politics in Western Utter Pradesh (1989) and Quest for Power: Oppositional movements and Post-Congress Politics in Uttar Pradesh (1998).

E. Sridharan

E. Sridharan is Academic Director of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India, New Delhi, and the author of The Political Economy of Industrial Promotion: Indian, Brazilian and Korean Electronics in Comparative Perspective 1969-1994 (1996).

R. Sudarshan

Professor R. Sudarshan is a faculty member in the department of Commerce and Business Management, Kakatiya University, Warangal since 1978. He obtained his M.Com. (with distinction and first rank), M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees from Kakatiya University in 1978, 1982 and 1987 respectively. Ten scholars have been awarded Ph.D. degrees and an equal number of scholars M.Phil degrees under his supervision. He has served as head, department of Commerce and Business Management (1998-2000) and dean, faculty of Commerce and Business Management (2000-2002) of Kakatiya University.

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Title India's Living Constitution: Ideas, Practices, Controversies
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 9788178240879
length xiv+446p., Notes; References; Index; 22cm.
Subjects History