Granville Austin

in Working a Democratic Constitution

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780195656107
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080397 | DOI:

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This chapter describes the scope of the book as well as the motivations for its creation. This is a history book of how the Indian Constitution developed from 1950 to 1985. It is a history about what good and bad things human beings do while governing themselves. While providing an account of the Constitution of India, the discussion argues that it should be the Indians who must speak for themselves. It attempts to bring out the significance of certain developments and their growth into trends. The rest of this chapter offers a few caveats, including the use of the terms ‘governance’, ‘council members’, and ‘cabinet’.

Keywords: Indian Constitution; self-government; India; governance; history

Chapter.  1156 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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