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.
The contributors to this volume include well-known academics and scholars: Ashok Acharya; Rochana Bajpai; Upendra Baxi; Peter Ronald deSouza; Gopal Guru; Christophe Jaffrelot; Shefali Jha; Gurpreet Mahajan; Pratap Bhanu Mehta; Nivedita Menon; Aditya Nigam; Sanjay Palshikar; Suhas Palshikar; Thomas Pantham; Bhikhu Parekh; and Valerian Rodrigues.
This edition will be useful for scholars and advanced students of political theory, moral philosophy, law, politics, and history.
‘…this is a fascinating book…a successful attempt to put the Indian constitutional experience on the world map of contemporary politics.' —The Hindu
Rajeev Bhargava Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. He is the author of Individualism in Social Science: Forms and Limits of a Methodology (Clarendon Press, 1992; Oxford University Press, 2008). His edited volumes include Secularism and Its Critics (1998) and Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution (2008), both by Oxford University Press.