The Indian Constituent Assembly laid the foundations of the largest democracy in the world. The debates between the members of the Assembly form the bedrock of the Indian Constitution. The chapters in this volume propose a range of methodological perspectives from which these critical debates might be read. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, they explore themes such as party politics, ideas of rights, including caste and minority rights, social justice and the philosophy of free speech.
A major contribution to the study of Indian politics, this book will be indispensable to political scientists, political theorists, legal scholars, historians, lawyers and general readers interested in the history of the Indian Constitution.
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About the Author
Udit Bhatia is Lecturer in Political Theory at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, UK. He is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford, and his research interests lie at the intersections of democratic theory, political representation and social epistemology. He is currently examining the normative case against exclusion of persons from democratic citizenship on the basis of epistemic inferiority.
Table of ContentsIntroduction Udit Bhatia 1. "We the People?": Politics and the Conundrum of Framing a Constitution on the Eve of Decolonization Arvind Elangovan 2. Conflict not Consensus: Towards a Political Economy of the Making of the Indian Constitution Sandipto Dasgupta 3. Pride and Prejudice in Austin’s Cornerstone: Passions in the Constituent Assembly of India Vatsal Naresh 4. The Antecedents of Social Rights in India Neera Chandhoke 5. The Conservative Constitution: Freedom of Speech and the Constituent Assembly Debates Gautam Bhatia 6. Freedom of Speech in the Early Constitution: A Study of the Constitution (First Amendment) Bill Arudra Burra 7. Between Inequality and Identity: The Indian Constituent Assembly Debates and Religious Difference, 1946-1950 Shabnum Tejani 8. ‘We the People’: Seamless Webs and Social Revolution in India’s Constituent Assembly Debates Kalyani Ramnath 9. India’s Republican Moment Manjeet Ramgotra