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Author Chakrabarty, Bidyut, 1958- author

Title Constitutionalizing India : an ideational project / Bidyut Chakrabarty
Edition First edition
Published New Delhi, India : Oxford University Press, 2018


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Description xli, 305 pages ; 23 cm
Contents British liberals and the initial impetus towards reorganizing the Indian socio-political order -- Nationalist liberals and the advent of liberal thought -- Radical liberals and the reimagining of the 'nation' through politics -- Princely states and the nationalists' constitutionalizing endeavour -- Major colonial designs towards constitutionalizing India -- Major nationalist initiatives towards constitutionalizing India -- Mahatma Gandhi's alternative conceptualization of liberal constitutionalism -- The Constituent Assemly and its role in articulating a distinct response -- The doctrine of basic structure and the reinforcement of constitutional liberalism in post-independent India
Summary "Contrary to the assumption that the 1950 Constitution of India is a verbatim reproduction of the 1935 Government of India Act, the book pursues the argument that it is an outcome of ideational battle since the beginning of institutionalized British rule in India in the mid-eighteenth century. Initiated by Edmund Burke, who while impeaching the British ruler of India, Warren Hastings, strongly argued, in a rather paternalistic fashion, for the colonizers to govern India in accordance with the enlightenment values. It was a beginning which was followed as a matter of principle by the successive British administrations in India. The influence gradually became so well-entrenched that Indian nationalists were voluntarily drawn to the values that the Enlightenment Philosophy had transmitted while administering India. It was evident in the ideas of the moderate extremist nationalists, which were also imbibed by Mahatma Gandhi and B.R. Ambedkar when they articulated their vision for an independent India."-- Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-291) and index
Subject Constitutional history -- India.
India -- Politics and government.
LC no. 2018299306
ISBN 9780199487622 (hardback)
0199487626 (hardback)