- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Oxford; First edition (30 June 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780198075387
- ISBN-13: 978-0198075387
- ASIN: 0198075383
- Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 1.3 x 12.4 cm
- Customer Reviews:
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Indian Constitution (Oxford India Short Introductions Series) Paperback – Complete, 30 Jun 2012
Written in clear, jargon-free prose, this critical study will be a marvellous resource for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. (Justice Ruma Pal, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India)
A wonderful introduction to an exciting subject. Khosla presents an analytical and deeply insightful account of one of the landmark constitutions of our time. (Justice Aharon Barak, Former Chief Justice of Israel)
The Indian Constitution anchors India's political identity and has shaped the country's destiny-though not always in ways the founders anticipated. Yet, for all its formal centrality and its easy invocation by disparate political projects, the ambiguities of its commitments and the vicissitudes of its history remain little understood. In this remarkable book ... Madhav Khosla compels us to think seriously both about the fitful evolution of constitutional interpretation and about the place acquired by the Constitution in our democratic life. Khosla's outstanding book is far and away the most stimulating introduction to the life of our Constitution: and it signals the arrival of an important new voice in our intellectual life. (Sunil Khilnani, author of The Idea of India)
About the Author
Madhav Khosla studied law at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and Yale University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in political theory at Harvard University.
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The 'Contents' of this book should provide high-level structure of what the book is about. It involves not the legal terms or minute details as with other Constitution books.
Chapter 1. Separation of Powers.
Chapter 2. Federalism.
Chapter 3. Rights and Goals.
Chapter 4. Changing the Constitution.
It is impossible to talk of Indian Constitution without involving Supreme Court cases. A majority of the narrative is based around the cases.
The most capturing and engaging part in this book really comes when Mr. Khosala involves the word 'asymmetry' in his discourse to relate it to many elements in the Constitution. It changes your perception dramatically.
If you still perceive Indian Constitution to be influenced by the West, then by the end you will probably change your views. Yes, the origins of it are from the West, but the document is now having its own story and uniqueness, which Mr. Khosala beautifully explains.
This book is written in detailed yet sensitive manner and conclusion by author is really apt...
"Constitutions require both institutions and individuals." and this statement will become powerful once you have read the book, and it a must read.
I was looking for a book that will introduce me to the subject of Indian Constitution without getting into technical intricacies likely to be of interest to only a specialist. From its title I was led to believe that this was such a book. Now I know it is not meant for such an audience. Disappointed.