Constitutionalizing India: An Ideational Project

ISBN : 9780199487622

Bidyut Chakrabarty
328 Pages
148 x 224 mm
Pub date
Aug 2018
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This is a book on the processes of constitutionalizing India in which the role of enlgihtenment philosophy seems to have been most critical. Not only the British colonizers, the Indian nationalists also championed these ideas while charting out India's future following decolonization in 1947. The study also confirms that the scene in independent India is not different since the enlightenment values continue to remain decisive in governance.


Preface Introduction Chapter 1 British Liberals and the Initial Impetus towards Reorganizing the Indian Socio-political Order Chapter 2 Nationalist Liberals and the Advent of Liberal Thought Chapter 3 Radical Liberals and the Reimagining of 'the Nation' through Politics Chapter 4 Princely States and the Nationalists' Constitutionalizing Endeavour Chapter 5 Major Colonial Designs towards Constitutionalizing India Chapter 6 Major Nationalist Initiatives towards Constitutionalizing India Chapter 7 Mahatma Gandhi's Alternative Conceptualization of Liberal Constitutionalism Chapter 8 The Constituent Assembly (1946-9) and Its Role in Articulating a Distinct Response Chapter 9 The Doctrine of Basic Structure and the Reinforcement of Constitutional Liberalism in Post-independent India Conclusion Bibliography Index About the Author

About the author: 

Bidyut Chakrabarty is professor of political science at the University of Delhi.

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