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Norms and PoliticsSir Benegal Narsing Rau in the Making of the Indian Constitution, 1935-50$
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Arvind Elangovan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199491445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199491445.001.0001

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Conundrum on the Eve of Decolonization

Conundrum on the Eve of Decolonization

Politics of Constitutionalism, 1945–6*

(p.68) III Conundrum on the Eve of Decolonization
Norms and Politics

Arvind Elangovan

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the political history of the tumultuous years leading up to several political discussions on the eve of India’s decolonization. Conventionally appreciated only for its politics, this chapter underscores the influence that this political history had on ideas of constitutionalism. Fundamentally, the chapter points out that the Constituent Assembly (the body that eventually framed independent India’s constitution) emerged out of this political conflict and hence any claim of a presumed sovereignty of the Constituent Assembly must be tempered in the light of this history.

Keywords:   political history, decolonization, ideas of constitutionalism, Constituent Assembly, independent India

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