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.
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