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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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Settling into Harness

Settling into Harness

(p.13) Chapter 1 Settling into Harness
Working a Democratic Constitution

Granville Austin

Oxford University Press

‘Hail Our Sovereign Republic... A Day of Fulfilment ... Good wishes from Far and Near ... Rejoicings All Over’ said banner headlines in the Hindustan Times on January 26, 1950. Three years of debate and drafting had come to fulfilment with the Indian Constitution's inauguration. The country's new government was in place. Thus began the great enterprise of nationhood to which the Congress Party had so long been dedicated. Self-governing and democratic, government and citizenry both were confronted with the great issues arising from the Constitution's goals, and persisted over the years. Nehru and his ministers were asked to resolve this. This chapter provides the broad context for the early years as government and citizenry settled into harness. It discusses the adjustments leaders and institutional centres of authority made in their respective powers as they tackled the problems confronting them.

Keywords:   India, Nehru, January 26, self-government, Hindustan Times

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