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This important book offers critical insights into four decades of the Indian Constitution. It charts the course of constitutional reform in India from the euphoric idealism of the post-independence period, through the crisis years of emergency, and up to Rajiv Gandhi's brief stay in power. The book analyses the ways in which various legal and political issues, thrown up by vicissitudes of democracy have affected the making of the Indian constitution.
Written with clarity and elegance it is an indispensable work for scholars and students of law, modern history, politics and general readers interested in the course of India's constitutional development.
About the Author
Granville Austin is an independent historian and a leading authority on the Indian Constitution.
'This Classical work of Granville Austin is a must for every judge, lawyer, historian, researcher, and other persons interested in the constitutional history of India.'
Soli J. Sorabjee, Attorney General of India
'Superbly written with a buoyant empathy . The author unfolds the triumphs and strains of working a truly democratic Constitution. .the gripping narrative tempts the reader on from one chapter to the next. It is a truly inspiring work.'
Fali Nariman, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
'It is monumental work based on a decade of painstaking research . It is must reading for those who are interested in finding out how democracy can and does function in a large, poor and highly diversified country.'
P.N. Dhar, Emeritus Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi.
|Part I||The Great constitutional Themes Emerge, 1950-66||11|
|1||Settling into Harness||13|
|2||Free Speech, Liberty and Public Order||38|
|3||The Social Revolution and the First Amendment||69|
|4||The Rights and the Revolution: More Property amendments||99|
|5||The Judiciary: Quite Untouchable||123|
|6||Making and Preserving a Nation||143|
|Part II||The Great Constitutional Confrontation: Judicial versus Parliamentary Supermacy, 1967-73||171|
|7||Indira Gandhi: In Context and in Power||173|
|8||The Golak Nath Inheritance||196|
|9||Two Catalytic Defeats||209|
|10||Radical Constitutional Amendments||234|
|11||Redeeming the Web: The Kesavananda Bharati Case||258|
|12||A Grievous Blow: The Supersession of Judges||278|
|Part III||Democracy Rescued or the Constitution Subverted? The Emergency and the 42 Amendment, 1975-7||293|
|13||26 June 1975||295|
|14||Closing the Circle||314|
|15||The Judiciary under Pressure||328|
|16||Preparing for Constitutional Change||348|
|17||The 42 Amendment: Sacrificing Democracy to Power||370|
|Part IV||The Janata Interlude: Democracy Restored||391|
|18||Indira Gandhi Defeated Janata Forms a Government||393|
|19||Restoring Democratic Governance||409|
|20||Governing Under the Constitution||431|
|21||The Punishment that Failed||453|
|22||A Government Dies||466|
|Part V||Indira Gandhi Returns||483|
|23||Ghosts of Governments Past||485|
|24||The Constitution strengthened and Weakened||498|
|25||Judicial Reform or Harassment?||516|
|26||Turbulence in Federal Relations||534|
|Part VI||The Inseparable Twins: National Unity and Integrity and the Machinery of Federal Relations||553|
|27||Terminology and its Perils||555|
|28||The Governor's Acutely Controversial Role||574|
|29||New Delhi's Long Arm||594|
|30||Coordinating Mechanisms: How Federal?||614|
|31||A Nation's Progress||633|