Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution

Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution

by Rajeev Bhargava (Editor)

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Overview

These essays examine the Constitution from the perspective of political theory. The contributors view the Constitution either as a political or as an ethical document, reflecting configurations of power and interests, or articulating a moral vision. They critically analyse various aspects of the Constitution, exploring issues of equality; freedom; citizenship; democracy; minority rights; and property and welfare; thus offering a balanced view on the potential, achievements, and limitations of the Indian Constitution. At the same time, they emphasize that there is a need to examine whether there is a disjunction between constitutional ideas and political practice.

This edition will be useful for scholars and advanced students of political theory, moral philosophy, law, politics, and history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198063551
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 12/13/2009
Series: Oxford India Paperbacks Series
Pages: 418
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rajeev Bhargava is Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction: Outline of a Political Theory of the Indian Constitution Rajeev Bhargava 1

Section I

1 The Constitution as a Statement of Indian Identity Bhikhu Parekh 43

2 Gandhi and the Constitution: Parliamentary Swaraj and Village Swaraj Thomas Pantham 59

3 Institutional Visions and Sociological Imaginations: The Debate on Panchayati Raj Peter Ronald deSouza 79

4 Outline of a ‘Theory of Practice’ of Indian Constitutionalism Upendra Baxi 92

5 A Text Without Author: Locating the Constituent Assembly as Event Aditya Nigam 119

Section II

6 The Indian State: Constitution and Beyond Suhas Palshikar 143

7 Citizenship and the Indian Constitution Valerian Rodrigues 164

8 Citizenship and the Passive Revolution: Interpreting the First Amendment Nivedita Menon 189

9 Democracy and Constitutionalism Sanjay Palshikar 211

10 Constitutional Justice: Positional and Cultural Gopal Guru 230

Section III

11 Containing the Lower Castes: The Constituent Assembly and the Reservation Policy Christophe Jaffrelot 249

12 Affirmative Action for Disadvantaged Groups: A Cross-constitutional Study of India and the US Ashok Acharya 267

Section IV

13 Religion and the Indian Constitution: Questions of Separation and Equality Gurpreet Mahajan 297

14 Passion and Constraint: Courts and the Regulation of Religious Meaning Pratap Bhanu Mehta 311

15 Rights versus Representation: Defending Minority Interests in the Constituent Assembly Shefali Jha 339

16 Minority Representation and the Making of the Indian Constitution Rochana Bajpai 354

Notes on Contributors 392

Index 394

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