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The Court and the Constitution of India

O. Chinnappa Reddy

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066286
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081462 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198066286.001.0001
The Court and the Constitution of India

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This book provides a comprehensive, and a reader-friendly narrative of the working of the Indian Supreme Court in ways that enable us to assess its collective strength and fragility as an institution of national governance. In thirty-odd chapters, the book guides us through the maze of constitutional interpretation created by India's most eminent justices. This book marks a contribution towards civic and republican education about the role of summit justices in a rapidly changing post-colonial, and now also hyperglobalizing, India. What makes this work arresting are the ways in which some reflexive justices of the apex court seize the contingent moment to readdress the future of Indian human rights and constitutionalism against the forces and tendencies of co-optation and even confiscation of people's rights. This remarkable study carries several messages, perhaps the most important being that the Constitution and the Supreme Court should be taken seriously by all citizens.

Keywords: India; Supreme Court; Constitution; constitutional interpretation; justices; human rights; constitutionalism

Book.  392 pages. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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The Heritage in The Court and the Constitution of India

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Building a Castle, But not in the Air in The Court and the Constitution of India

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A Brief Outline of the Constitution in The Court and the Constitution of India

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Gopalan, Preventive Detention, and Habeas Corpus in The Court and the Constitution of India

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Crossroads, Champakam Dorairajan, and the First Amendment in The Court and the Constitution of India

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The Early Struggles and Peace at Last in The Court and the Constitution of India

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The Terms of the Armistice in The Court and the Constitution of India

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Democracy Denuded in The Court and the Constitution of India

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All this and Heaven too in The Court and the Constitution of India

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Smoothening the Creases in The Court and the Constitution of India

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