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A Nation's Progress

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/9780195656107.003.0033
A Nation's Progress

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During the brief fifty years that Indians have held the reins, they have governed themselves successfully against awesome odds. The seamless web woven by the Constituent Assembly into the Constitution for the nation — establishing the institutions and spirit of democracy, pursuing a social revolution to better the lot of the mass of Indians, and preserving and enhancing the country's unity and integrity — is intact, having recovered from the terrible distortion of the Emergency. Distortions such as overzealous pursuit of one strand or laxness toward another continue to be produced by the country's conditions and culture and by human frailty. Still, representative democracy is popular and firmly established and that the Constitution has become ‘the authentic reference scale for political behaviour’.

Keywords: India; representative democracy; social revolution; Constituent Assembly; Emergency; Indian Constitution

Chapter.  15943 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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