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Indian Constitution

Indian Constitution
Text, Context and Interpretation

First Edition
  • Bidyut Chakrabarty - Vice Chancellor, Visva Bhararti University, Santiniketan, West Bengal
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August 2017 | 404 pages | SAGE Texts

It is important that we recognize the Indian Constitution not only as a legal or moral entity but also as a living organism, sustaining and consolidating our constitutional democracy.

Indian Constitution: Text, Context and Interpretation presents an understanding of the Constitution in the context of the rapid changes arising out of indigenous and exogenous influences. It traces the evolution of the constitutional provisions, their core nature and manifestation with reference to the situational socio-economic circumstances in a globalizing world.

This book stands apart from the other existing titles on the subject as it goes beyond the conventional mode of understanding the Constitution. It is both informative and intriguing as it deals with the actual constitutional provisions, and critically analyses the foundational values on which they rest.

Key Features

· An analytical account of the processes leading to the making of the Constitution

· A thorough discussion of the core constitutional provisions

· Reinterpretation of the constitutional provisions in the light of multiple judicial pronouncements


Section A: Foundational Values
Chapter 1: Historical Roots of the Constitution of India
Chapter 2: Directive Principles of State Policy (Part IV of the Constitution of India)
Chapter 3: Constitutional Democracy in India
Chapter 4: Salient Features of the 1950 Constitution of India
Section B: Articulating a Vision
Chapter 5: Ethics and Constitutional Governance in India
Chapter 6: The Doctrine of Basic Structure of the Constitution of India
Chapter 7: Citizenship in India
Chapter 8: Language and Nation-building: Constitutional Inputs
Chapter 9: Constitutionalizing Reservation in India
Chapter 10: Gender as Critical to the Processes of Constitutionalization
Chapter 11: Right to Freedom of Religion (Articles 25–28)
Chapter 12: Secularism in India
Chapter 13: Federalism in India: Redefining the Constitutional Template for Governance
Chapter 14: Emergency Provisions?Part XVIII (Articles 352–360)
Chapter 15: Article 370 of the Constitution of India
Chapter 16: Election Commission of India
Section C: Instruments for Constitutionalizing India
Chapter 17: Judiciary in India
Chapter 18: Amending Procedures
Chapter 19: Comptroller and Auditor General of India
Chapter 20: Governor: A Constitutional Functionary with Political Aims or a Political Functionary with Constitutional Goals?
Chapter 21 : Local Governance in India
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Bidyut Chakrabarty

Bidyut Chakrabarty is Vice-Chancellor, Visva Bharati, West Bengal. He was Professor in the Department of Political Science in University of Delhi till November 2018. He completed his PhD from London School of Economics and has been associated with teaching and research for more than three decades. He has taught in several prestigious educational institutions, such as the London School of Economics; Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta; Monash University, Australia; National University of Singapore; Hamburg University, Germany. Professor Chakrabarty has authored several textbooks and academic books. Among his publications are... More About Author

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