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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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Codifying the Conventions 1

Codifying the Conventions 1

(p.56) 7 Codifying the Conventions1

A.G. Noorani

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This chapter discusses the codification of conventions. It describes how in 1949, the framers of India's Constitution let the nation down in one aspect crucial to the success of parliamentary democracy – namely, a code of conventions to guide the president and the governors in the exercise of their constitutional powers. It was contemplated at every stage but was abandoned in the final moments. Governors have therefore felt themselves free to act as the Centre directs them, while presidents have been capricious. The chapter suggests that such an undertaking has become necessary.

Keywords:   code of conventions, Indian Constitution, president, governors, constitutional powers, parliamentary democracy

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