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The Indian Constitution : cornerstone of a nation

by Austin, Granville
Series: Oxford India paperbacks Published by : Oxford University Press (New Delhi) Physical details: 484,p.: ISBN:0195649591. Year: 1999
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Originally published in Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966.

Preface to the Oxford India Paperback Edition, 1999 ix
Preface to the Indian Edition xiii
Introduction xvii
Note xx

1 The Constituent AssemblyMicrocosm in Action 1
The Origins and Creation of the Assembly 3
India in Microcosm 8
1. The Assembly, the Congress, and the Country 8
2. Leadership and Decision-making 18

2 Which Road to Social Revolution? 26
The Alternatives 27
The Road Taken 32
The Reasons for the Choice 39
1. The Congress had never teen Gandhian 39
2. The Socialist Commitment 41
3. The Immediate Reasons 43
4. The Need for Adult Suffrage 46

3 The Conscience of the ConstitutionThe Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State PolicyI 50
Sixty Years of Growth 52
The Atmosphere of 1947 58
The Assembly Drafts the Fundamental Rights 61
Limiting the Rights 68
The Assembly and the Directive Principles 75

4 Fundamental RightsII 84
Social Reform and State Security Versus 'Due Process' 84
1. Due Process and Property 87
2. Amending the Property Article 99
3. Due Process and Individual Libert/ 101
4. Preventive Detention since 1950 112
The Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles:
A summing up 113

5 The ExecutiveStrength With Democracy 116
What Kind of an Executive? 118
The Executive and Minority Interests 124
Limiting Executive Power 126
1. The President, the Council of Ministers, and
Supervisory Councils 128
2. Written Provisions versus Tacit Conventions 132
Executives since 1950 139

6 The LegislatureUnity Through Popular Government 144
The Fight Against Schism 146
The Problem of Second Chambers 156

7 The Judiciary and the Social Revolution 164
The Supreme Court 167
An Independent Judiciary 175
The Recurrent Theme of Unity 184

8 FederalismThe Amicable UnionI 186
The Distribution of Powers 194
1. The Division of Powers in the Legislative Lists 195
2. Union Executive Authority and the Division
of Powers


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