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Another Kind of Revolution

Sarbani Sen

in The Constitution of India

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071600
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080045 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071600.003.0004
Another Kind of Revolution

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The preamble of the constitution of India claims authority for the founding in the name of ‘We, the people of India’. The Indian founders claimed the remarkable act of authority required to write these words as the culmination of their generation's revolutionary experience in mobilizing the people for opposing British rule, and to achieve self-governance. This chapter argues that capturing the centrality of this revolutionary experience in constitutional law means working out the relationship between popular sovereignty and constitutionalism within the framework that has been sketched for examining the Indian constitutional experience. The historical evolution of revolutionary consciousness and three primary modes of its expression are also considered.

Keywords: Indian constitution; revolutionary experience; constitutional law; popular sovereignty; constitutionalism

Chapter.  944 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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