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Working a Democratic ConstitutionA History of the Indian Experience$
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Granville Austin

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195656107

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195656107.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Working a Democratic Constitution

Granville Austin

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the scope of the book as well as the motivations for its creation. This is a history book of how the Indian Constitution developed from 1950 to 1985. It is a history about what good and bad things human beings do while governing themselves. While providing an account of the Constitution of India, the discussion argues that it should be the Indians who must speak for themselves. It attempts to bring out the significance of certain developments and their growth into trends. The rest of this chapter offers a few caveats, including the use of the terms ‘governance’, ‘council members’, and ‘cabinet’.

Keywords:   Indian Constitution, self-government, India, governance, history

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