Chapter

Settling into Harness

Granville Austin

in Working a Democratic Constitution

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780195656107
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080397 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195656107.003.0003
Settling into Harness

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‘Hail Our Sovereign Republic... A Day of Fulfilment ... Good wishes from Far and Near ... Rejoicings All Over’ said banner headlines in the Hindustan Times on January 26, 1950. Three years of debate and drafting had come to fulfilment with the Indian Constitution's inauguration. The country's new government was in place. Thus began the great enterprise of nationhood to which the Congress Party had so long been dedicated. Self-governing and democratic, government and citizenry both were confronted with the great issues arising from the Constitution's goals, and persisted over the years. Nehru and his ministers were asked to resolve this. This chapter provides the broad context for the early years as government and citizenry settled into harness. It discusses the adjustments leaders and institutional centres of authority made in their respective powers as they tackled the problems confronting them.

Keywords: India; Nehru; January 26; self-government; Hindustan Times

Chapter.  11388 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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