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Working a Democratic Constitution: A History of the Indian Experience

Granville Austin


This is a history of the working of the Indian Constitution from 1950 to 1985, written for Indians and non-Indians — who are interested in India and in its constitutional experience. Because the Constitution is used as benchmark and measuring stick for citizens and officials touching lives in many ways, learning of its working truly opens a window into India. This book talks about politics, economics, conditions, and culture; about politicians, civil servants, lawyers, judges, and journalists. It is about success and failure, hope and despair, power, sacrifice, and motivations, both selfish an ... More

Keywords: Indian Constitution, Indira Gandhi, judicial activism, Other Backward Classes, Babri Mosque, Mandal Commission

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195656107
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195656107.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Granville Austin, author

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