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Author Chakrabarty, Bidyut, 1958- author

Title India's constitutional identity : ideological beliefs and preferences / Bidyut Chakrabarty
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 237 pages)
Series Routledge studies in South Asian politics ; 18
Routledge studies in South Asian politics ; 18
Contents Constitutional identity : the British liberal inputs -- Constitutional identity : the nationalist inputs -- Politico-ideological issues -- Politico-ideological structures -- Challenges to constitution identity : the doctrine of basic structure of the constitution -- Constitutional constructivism and justiciable designs of governance : rearticulating constitutional identity -- Conclusion
Summary An analysis of selective aspects of India's constitutional identity, this book provides an analytical account of the changing and changed texture of India's constitutional identity bearing in mind the historical context in which it is articulated. The book conceptualizes the gradual evolution of an idea by tracing the history of India's constitutionalism with reference to its conceptual roots, historical antecedents and the landmark judicial pronouncements in which the concern for its retention and protection is always privileged. The author examines specific constitutional designs that the 1950 Constitution of India put in place and argues that constitutional identity, despite being drawn on specific constitutional provisions, is also changeable in view of the rapidly transforming socio-economic milieu. He demonstrates that there are numerous instances where India's constitutional identity has undergone a metamorphosis in circumstances where newer politico-ideological values and norms are privileged. A valuable addition to the literature on constitutionalism and constitutional practices in general and their manifestation in India's democratic experiences, in particular, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of Government, Political Science, Law and Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Legal History and Asian Studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Bidyut Chakrabarty is Vice-Chancellor of Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. He is the author of numerous books on Indian Politics and Gandhi. His most recent monograph is Localizing Governance in India, also published by Routledge (2017). His research interests include Public Administration, Indian Politics, Indian Political Thought and Movement and the Indian Nationalist Movement
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 14, 2019)
Subject Constitutional history -- India.
Democracy -- India.
India -- Politics and government -- 1947-
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019004722
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