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 events that led to the Constituent Assembly that drafted the world's longest democratic constitution, which began its work in New Delhi in December 1946. It also describes the book's main parts. Part I covers the period from the Constitution's inauguration in 1950 until 1966. These were the Nehru years. Part II covers the beginning of Indira Gandhi's long years as Prime Minister. Part III deals with the period of the internal emergency and unitary government that has come to be called Indira Gandhi's Emergency. Part IV recounts the events when Gandhi called elections in 1977 only to be defeated. It also describes the formation of the Janata Party. Part V covers Gandhi's return to office to Rajiv Gandhi becoming Prime Minister upon his mother's assassination. Part VI discusses national unity and integrity and the constitutional machinery for centre-state relations. Part VII concludes the book.

Keywords: Constituent Assembly; India; New Delhi; Nehru; Indira Gandhi; Prime Minister

Chapter.  2878 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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