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British Conventions and the Indian Constitution<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0016
British Conventions and the Indian Constitution1

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The fact that the Indian Constitution is one of the most elaborate in the world does not imply that it does not have in addition tacit provisions. It is based on the recognized conventions of a parliamentary form of government which it establishes both at the Centre and in the States. For quite some time people, politicians, and others professed not to see anything but the written word, and rejected the conventions altogether. This chapter discusses how the Supreme Court has very clearly given legal recognition to constitutional conventions concerning the parliamentary system of government. In other words, the court has recognized that the provisions of the Constitution are based on certain British conventions regarding the cabinet and that to ignore the latter would be to misinterpret the former.

Keywords: constitutional conventions; parliamentary government; Supreme Court; Indian Constitution

Chapter.  1168 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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